Patterns and Series
April 7 - April 30, 2016
Pattern & Series, a selection of works from the Estate of Bonnie Bronson, presents an overview of her prolific lifetime as an artist. With artwork spanning the most productive point in her career (approximately 1974 through the mid 80s) this exhibition showcases Bronson’s attention to detail and innovation within the minimalist genre. Metal enamel works on view employ a modular form of nearly symmetrical designs; deftly combining structure and relief with an eye for subtle coloration. Similar cardboard works utilize color and material, while further pushing the minimalism of the time forward. The patterning and grid-structure of these wall sculptures are echoed by later works on paper that colorfully transpose Bronson’s affinity for depth in pattern to graphite, charcoal, and acrylic. As an artist, Bronson employed a rigorous study of pattern and series, producing works that utilize color and form in the service of a timeless style.
Bonnie Bronson was born in Portland, OR in 1940, and attended the Portland Art Museum School (now PNCA, Pacific Northwest College of Art) from 1959-61. Bronson exhibited actively throughout the Northwest, including a one-person exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (1979) and several exhibitions at Marylhurst College in Marylhurst, OR. Bronson was commissioned for several permanent artworks at prominent businesses and institutions throughout Oregon, and received the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 1978. Following her death in 1990, the Bonnie Bronson Fund was created, awarding an annual prize to a regional artist since 1992, and she was honored by a major retrospective at PNCA in 2011. This is the second solo exhibition of her work at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.