Mark Siprut: Photographic Portraits of Bonita
Exhibition Dates: March 11 – April 22, 2023
Chamber Concert: Saturday March 11, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Public Reception: Saturday March 11, 4:30 – 6:30PM
Artist Walk-Through of the exhibition: Sat. April 8 at 3pm
Chamber Concert: Performance by the Bonita Quartet 2 – 4PM
Featuring: Ronald Goldman, violin; Julie Park, violin; Melissa Chu, cello; Adam Birnbaum, viola
RSVP for the concert
This original exhibition of digital photography with historical context, explores Bonita and Sweetwater Valley, landscape, landmarks and architecture. Historic Homes, like the 1908 “Allen House” by Irving J. Gill and Frank Mead, the “Otay Limited” National City & Otay railway, pioneer maps and more allow us to explore the evolution of the local landscape of natural geography juxtaposed to architectural development.
Mark’s imaginative photographs along with historical photographs, maps and artifacts, tell the story of Bonita and Sweetwater Valley history past and present through this distinctive exhibition. Mark’s artistic journey emerged as he walked, biked and drove around his native Bonita neighborhoods. He has enjoyed living in Bonita for the last 25 years and in that short time span has witnessed development of construction and landscaping projects. In his research for this exhibit he has become aware of the natural geography and foliage attempting to retake the landscape and keep the ecosystem balanced.
About Mark Siprut
Mark Siprut is an educator, artist and designer. In addition to his formal studies in photography and printmaking, his current creative research is in time-base, interactive and electronic media. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally. He promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intercultural applications to visual communication. Siprut is the author of the Adobe Photoshop Handbook v3, published by Random House and therefore is proficient in its use. In 1995-96 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Graphic Design at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and in 2003 and 2006 he taught at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey. Having an attachment to Turkey, he is greatly saddened by the tragic consequences of the recent earthquakes.
He is an Associate Professor in Multimedia in the School of Art and Design at San Diego State University (SDSU). He earned his BA and MA in Art at Humboldt State University and his MFA in Art at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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