I've always wanted to be part of a cohort. And so being a part of SFAI's inaugural residency cohort is pretty ideal. It's also nice to have a studio in such a great location. Let me know if you'd like to visit.
"It is becoming more and more rare to see artists who are making traditional darkroom prints, and beautiful ones at that. Johnna Arnold's chromogenic prints are rich and sublime and beautifully executed... Transformed. That's what these items are. Truly transformed. I keep peeking into the print viewing area to see what giant surprise may be unfurled from the processor and put up on the wall next...the possibilities are limitless and luckily, so is Johnna Arnold's imagination."
-Ann Jastrab, Dec. 2016
Excited to be a part of Fertile Ground in Hayes Valley. Given an immense amount of flexibility, I installed two brand-new pieces: my first ever photo wheatpasted onto a shipping container, and a live-feed inside the shipping container of the cars commuting on the Bay Bridge.
Bay Bridge Continuum
CalTrans Live Traffic feed, 3’ Wooden Disk, Video Projector. 2016
Excited to have a new studio through the San Francisco Art Institute: Third Street Studios Residency Program. It's been a while since I've had clean wall space where I can hang my work. Things are still in progress... as they should be.
Visiting Colombia has been amazing. Here is a video I shot while entering the beautiful coffee pueblo, Jardín.
So thrilled to have been a part of two international photo festivals in Colombia (South America). FotoUrbe in Pereira, and Zoomlab 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. I lectured about my new work, conducted photo reviews with students, and participated with two exhibitions. I also had a lot of fun. My show at the French Alliance of Pereira was comprised of new digital prints created from my photos of magnified from Household Specimens (Everywhere All Around). At the Centro Colombo in Medellin they showed a collection of prints from the In/Finite Potential series, along with a video.
Excited to have created this new video as a part of the Pattern Language show at Dzine.
"I've been following Johnna Arnold's rich explorations of color for some time, and she just gets better and better. She's represented by several cliche verre prints, a variation of the photogram process in which she places objects into the enlarger head instead of directly onto the photographic paper. Acting as a self-described "slightly mad scientist" examining magnified everyday objects under an ersatz microscope, she uncovers the unexpected mystery and the magical beauty of utilitarian things. "Artichoke Seed," for example, gleams like an antique gold, enchanted egg pulsing in the bottomless velvet black one might encounter in a Velazquez or Dutch Masters painting; "Rainbow Chard with Mealybugs" features a couple of larger-than-life-size leaves, veins and all, in unlikely shades of ice-blue and purple; and in "Onion Rings from Sparky's Burgers," which at first glance looks like an earth-orbiting satellite, she has done wonders with saturated fat."
"Johnna Arnold’s new images from her series, Abundance incorporate the color darkroom and the cliché verre process. Arnold shines light through lost and forgotten objects using a photographic enlarger to create large printed negatives of the world around her." -Aline Smithson
For my residency at RayKo I have been happily experimenting. This has resulted in my putting things - icky things, incorrect things, things that are so commonplace as to be almost invisible - into the enlarger head. Each object surprises me for its detail and wonder. The final prints are beautiful, but the things I print from, not so much so.
"Johnna Arnold debuts images from a new series of photo-based works meticulously created in the isolation of the darkroom. Her work confronts our consumer-based society by transforming everyday, insignificant objects (cigarette filters, food waste) into mesmerizing, abstracted pictures that are at once beautiful and inscrutable."
June 7 - August 15, 2015
895 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707
“The show grew from Johnna’s work,” Dym says. “There’s a kind of push-back in her images. There’s sharp observation, but also a darkness about current times, without being heavy or even ugly.”
Super excited to be a Artist-in-Residence at RayKo Photo Center. I've fallen in love with this beast of an enlarger and it's partner in crime: the only communally accessible chromogenic processor west of the Mississippi. Excited to dig into this new project and these impressive new facilities.
Dzine Gallery Show
Delighted to be a part of this group show at a fancy furniture showroom in San Francisco. A fun opening full of silver trays with goat cheese and impressive furniture to try. Curated by the wonderful and illustrious Miriam Dym, the show looks great, came with a nice catalog, and will be up for a generous six months.
“... And Everything in Between.”
Through Aug. 28. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
128 Utah St., S.F. (415) 674-9430.
Honored to be showing at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
The In/Finite Hut and two In/Finite Potential photos are up as a part of a great show: Reconnaissance at the Headlands Center for the Arts. The Hut is delighted to have now been presented on all three continents of the inner Bay Area - and very much likes being near the water. This show is full of solid, imaginative work worth the drive to go and see. Up until March 9th. With the Headlands being one of the most beautiful places on earth; I recommend a visit.