Artist Talk: Midwest SPE
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Talk: Midwest SPE

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I am very excited to be a part of this years Society for Photographic Education Midwest conference! Please join me for an artist talk where I will be discussing my two current and ongoing bodies of work City Space and Stray Light.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 11:00am,

Urban Constructs: City Space + Stray Light


Developing Spaces/Places

When October 12-15, 2017
Where Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center, East Peoria, IL
Keynote Speaker Penelope Umbrico
Featured Speakers William Fox, David Taylor, Wendel White
Honored Educator Judy Natal

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Clarissa Bonet: Urban Constructs: City Space + Stray Light
to Nov 17

Clarissa Bonet: Urban Constructs: City Space + Stray Light

Clarissa Bonet: Urban Constructs: City Space + Stray Light

Northeastern Illinois University

Gallery Fine Arts Center Gallery

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
(773) 583-4050

October 11th-November 17th                                           

Two photographic series are juxtaposed to reveal the shift of our perception of the city as it moves from day to night.

Reception: Friday October 20th, 6-9pm                                                                  

Artist Talk: Wednesday October 25th, 12pm

Image: Clarissa Bonet, SL.2016.0603 NYC (From the Stray Light series), Pigment print, 2016

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Panel discussion at Filter Photo festival: Professionalizing the Artist
12:00 PM12:00

Panel discussion at Filter Photo festival: Professionalizing the Artist

I'm looking forward to participating in Filter again this year. I will be on a panel along with David Alekhougie, Eileen Mueller, Carly Ries, Guanyu Xu and moderated by Aimée Beaubien called Professionalizing the Artist. We will share our experiences balancing risk-taking in our personal work with the pressures to simultaneously provide a professional context for our efforts. Come check it out!

Presented by: Clarissa Bonet, David Alekhougie, Eileen Mueller Carly Ries, Guanyu Xu, and moderated by Aimée Beaubien
Date: Sunday, September 24
Time: 12:00 pm –1:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

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Art Fair: Expo Chicago
to Sep 17

Art Fair: Expo Chicago

I will have two pieces from my City Space project on display at Expo Chicago this year with the Catherine Edelman Gallery. If you will be at the fair please take time to stop by booth 257.

Expo Chicago

September 13 — September 17, 2017

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Booth 257

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4x5: The Stories Behind the Frames
6:00 PM18:00

4x5: The Stories Behind the Frames

Please join me on Monday Sept 11th at 6pm for 4x5: The Stories Behind the Frames

4x5 is a new storytelling and schmoozing event for Chicago's photographic community.

Created by Chelsea Ross & Lucy Hewett, the idea is simple:
5 of Chicago's most provocative photographers.
4 images each.
All of the stories.

They may be tales of heroic technical feats, comedic context that is concealed in a perfect composition, miraculously catching that magic moment, or something substantially more subtle.

4x5 is an opportunity for photographers to meet and learn about each other's practices, as well as for the broader arts community to get hip to some of the best photographic work being made in our city.

For our first event, we are thrilled to present:
Marzena Abrahamik
Reginald Eldridge Jr.
Clarissa M Bonet
Matthew Avignone
Alyssa Schukar

Cocktails before and after the presentations.
FREE & Open to ALL

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Group Exhibtion: Not Knowing
to Oct 14

Group Exhibtion: Not Knowing

A piece from my Stray Light series will be included in the group exhibition Not Knowing, details below.

Not Knowing
Opening Reception September 1, 7-11pm
Exhibition runs through Sept. 1 - Oct. 14
Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor


Not Knowing
Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, Clarissa Bonet, Dan Devening, Robin Dluzen, Andreas Fischer, Celeste Rapone, Melody Saraniti, Ann Toebbe, Noah Vaughn

Curated by Gwendolyn Zabicki

Writing is a process of dealing with not knowing, a forcing of what and how. We have all heard novelists testify to the fact that, beginning a new book, they are utterly baffled as to how to proceed...At best there is a slender intuition, not much greater than an itch.
--Donald Barthelme, Not Knowing

An artist embarks on her task without knowing what to do. There is some kind of energy that she is manifesting as she works, and it has a larger form. To know in advance as to what that form is, is to reduce it.
--George Saunders on Not Knowing

When inspiration strikes, it feels as if it comes from outside oneself. The process of making art involves a kind of subtle foreknowledge, an awareness of the work before it exists, and communication with neurological processes deep within the wordless mind. In the search for answers, an artist finds more questions lingering in that uncomfortable place of not knowing. The result of that discomfort, according to Barthelme, is the possibility that the artist might show the viewer, “the as-yet-unspeakable, the as-yet unspoken.” 

Good art is hard. An artist can over-think and become paralyzed, but to Barthelme, “Problems are a comfort” because it is through problem solving, or making choices, that the artist moves from not knowing to finding a unique and defining style. Take for example, the story of one of Chicago’s great culinary achievements-- the Italian beef sandwich. Essentially, poor entrepreneurs on Maxwell St. figured out how to turn salt, cheap cuts of meat, and stale bread into an inexpensive, delicious meal. They were constrained by cost and by what ingredients were readily available. Similarly an artist responds to and creates constraints, imposing limitations or rules within the work. Paradoxically, it is within these constraints where freedom and innovation are found.

Being an artist is to live within a series of constraints and limitations. Today, an artist must make her way in the world within structures that are in the process of collapsing, dissolving, or becoming irrelevant. The rigid gender roles of the past, normative definitions of family and caretaking, are all being renegotiated. The particular methodologies parent artists (and female parent artists in particular) have to come up with in order to continue to work while parenting are not yet standardized or obvious. They must be hammered out individually. The artists in this exhibition make a different kind of work-- thoughtful and contemplative art made alongside working, teaching, and raising a family. Overlapping limitations and opportunities define their style. They embrace “not knowing” in the way they make their work, but also in the uncertainty and the freedom of living in this state. They are: Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, Clarissa Bonet, Robin Dluzen, Dan Devening, Andreas Fischer, Celeste Rapone, Melody Saraniti, Ann Toebbe, and Noah Vaughn.

Artist talk
Sunday, October 1


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Group Exhibition: re:collection
to Oct 1

Group Exhibition: re:collection

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At the end of last year MoCP purchased two of my images for their permanent collection. I am thrilled one of the images, Perpetual Shadow will be in their upcoming show re:collection, opening next week. Hope to see you there!

Opening Reception: Thursday, 7/13 from 5-7 at MoCP

Museum of Contemporary Photography

at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

re:collection is a celebration of the MoCP’s vast archive of photographs, and an exploration of how we perceive images.  A stream of images runs through the galleries, spanning the history of photography and offering a diverse array of approaches. Each photograph speaks to its neighboring photograph in terms of content, form or another, more subtle, connecting factor waiting to be discovered. At certain junctures, tributaries are formed that group related ideas and address some of the most pressing social issues of our time. Each line of images starts with a camera-less construction, a nod to the beginnings of the medium when images were made without the camera apparatus as we know it today, and a gesture meant to underscore the unreliability of photographic representation.

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