Clarissa Bonet

(American, b. 1986; resides in Chicago, IL)

Clarissa Bonet’s street scenes for her City Space series (2011-2016) are re-staged from events she witnesses as a pedestrian living in Chicago. Isolated from the city’s continuous crowd of strangers, the fleeting experiences of anonymous individuals unfold within the stark contrasts of light and shadow provided by the city’s looming architecture. Through these reinterpretations of chance encounters and observations from crossing paths with thousands of strangers, Bonet’s images give the viewer a glimpse into the unique experience of living within an interminable urban landscape.

In another series, Stray Light (ogoing), Bonet again turns her camera to the city, stitching together multiple images of architectural details at night and creating a poetic vision of a nocturnal cityscape. The constructions vanish in the darkness as illuminated windows in various color shades emerge out of the black. In some images, people, plants, or furniture can be identified behind the windows; in others, light spots form an almost abstract geometrical cluster. Each window references something unknown and mysterious and the collective glimmers of light mimic a star-filled night sky.  

Born in Tampa, Florida, Clarissa Bonet completed her MFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago (2012) and her BS in Photography at the University of Central Florida (2008). Her work has been exhibited in the Calumet Gallery, Chicago (2013); Southeast Museum of Photography; Daytona Beach, Florida (2012); Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado (2012); and at the Pingyao International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China (2011), among others. In 2012 she won The Curator award from Photo District News, as well as the Jurors Choice Award and Members Choice Award from Lens 2012 at Perspective Gallery, Chicago. Bonet lives and works in Chicago, IL.

SL.2016. 0204 LA, from the Stray Light series, 2016SL.2016. 0204 LA, from the Stray Light series, 2016
Perpetual Shadow, from the City Space series

Perpetual Shadowfrom the City Space series


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