Everywhere All Around in All About Photo

"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

 Johnna Arnold: Everywhere All Around in All About Photo

Household Specimen #15: Used HEPA filter 

Household Specimen #15: Used HEPA filter 

Fertile Ground at Hayes Valley Artworks

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. 

Big Oil (Household Specimen #14: Used Motor Oil, Redux) Inkjet Photograph, wheatpaste. 62” x 124”

Big Oil (Household Specimen #14: Used Motor Oil, Redux)

Inkjet Photograph, wheatpaste. 62” x 124”

Bay Bridge Continuum

CalTrans Live Traffic feed, 3’ Wooden Disk, Video Projector. 2016

Colombia!

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. 

Alejandro Vasquez introducing me at FotoUrbe in Pereira, Colombia 

Alejandro Vasquez introducing me at FotoUrbe in Pereira, Colombia 

Exhibition at the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia 

Exhibition at the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia 

Exhibition in Alanza Francesa, Pereira, Colombia  Pereira, Colombia

Exhibition in Alanza Francesa, Pereira, Colombia  Pereira, Colombia

Women behind the Lens

"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."

- Sura Wood, The Bay Area Reporter

Household Specimen #1: Artichoke Seed 

Household Specimen #1: Artichoke Seed 

Putting the wrong things into the enlarger head

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. 

 

A piece of chicken skin on the ground glass about to be printed 

A piece of chicken skin on the ground glass about to be printed 

The resulting print from the above chicken skin above 

The resulting print from the above chicken skin above 

Inherent Nature at Traywick Contemporary

"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." 

Inherent Nature
June 7 - August 15, 2015
895 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707

Household Specimen #4: Every Petal from One Camilla Flower

Household Specimen #4: Every Petal from One Camilla Flower

Review in the SF Chronicle

Chronicle article of show at Dzine

“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.”

The show at Dzine looks great - there is a beautiful catalog and many great photos in the impressively large gallery. Thanks to the kind and impactful Ms. Dym for including my work.

Residency at RayKo Photo

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. 

Johnna Arnold at RayKo

Dzine Gallery ...And Everywhere InBetween

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. 

Dzine Gallery:

“... 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.

Headlands Show: Dreams and Reality

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.