“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.
Final call to see the In/Finite Hut at its prime location at San Francisco Camerawork, as the show closes October 26th. There will be a lecture for the show on October 24th from 6-8pm
In/Finite Hut at San Francisco Camerawork
I am taking the hut over the new bridge today. the show will open to the public on September 11th and (better yet) there will be an opening on Friday, September 13th. Auspicious indeed.
I have altered the video for this new installation - a new planet, this one encircled by Interstate 580. For more information: SF Camerawork
Dreaming up this felted hut and video installation was the easy part - it took a lot more work and determination than I had anticipated to bring it to life. An official thanks to Mr. Sean Olson, who was essential to both the design and assembly - and who shot this awesome video - a time lapse of the piece being installed.
The hut will soon be on the move - heading to the Art Mrkt Art Fair May 16-19 at Fort Mason.
Refinery, I-80, Hercules, CA 2013
Two new reviews of my show up at Traywick Contemporary
In the first, via the East Bay Express, my photographs have been deemed "Risky & Rebellious"
"An up-close view of the photographs yields another curiosity: horizontal streaks of pink or red light — the trails of speeding cars, captured by long camera exposures. Further illuminating the transitional quality of these images, these streaks also call attention to the fact that not just the built environment but Arnold, too, must have kept perfectly still for the duration of the shots. Thus, she places her human subject in a relationship of curious equivalence with the structures that dwarf her." - East Bay Express, April 24, 2013
And in the second, in the East Bay Monthly,
"Arnold's deliberate, stable compositions are the result of her careful consideration of these sites, along with the demands of her tripod-mounted 4-by-5 inch camera, and long exposure times (as phantom vehicles and streaked tailights attest); her methods and images hark back to photography's first century. Arnold breaks from the classical tradition, however, by inserting herself, in various guises, into the landscapes. The pleasure of recognizing Arnold's sites is doubled by the anticipation of spotting Arnold reacting to the location." - East Bay Monthly, May, 2013
Happy to have some photos up of the new show! If you haven't come by already to see it, please do.
Excited to see some press for the show - both on 7x7 and California Home Design:
"Massive desolate urban landscapes, sometimes dotted with one lone figure make Johnna Arnold’s large-scale photographs both eerie and captivating. The Traywick Contemporary gallery in Berkeley is hosting an exhibition of her recent work titled In/Finite Potential. Arnold’s images play with light and time as long exposures show freeways in motion and lightened up nights. Along with the photographs, Traywick Contemporary is also showing a video and sound installation created by Arnold. Runs from March 17 to May 18, Traywick Contemporary, 895 Colusa Avenue." -Dana Kerr
(The fake rock climber on the fake rock wall, it is me.)
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|Detail of: Passenger Train / I-80, Benicia, CA. 2012|
By the Home Depot, I-80, Oakland, CA (32" x 40" Digital C-print; 2011)
Happy to have this new interview up on the Rayko Website - teaching there has been a fun learning experience. As they say, to truly learn a subject; teach it. Between the new students and the changing technology, teaching the beginning digital courses remains exciting. Photography is a magical thing, and showing people how to utilize their cameras helps me re-consider the basic precepts of photography - a treat within itself.
I am super excited to be included in a show of four photographers at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery entitled Nothing To See Here
The show opens next week, and is curated by Aimee LeDuc, who seems pretty wonderful. She came to my studio last month to look at my new photos and discuss her ideas for the show.
As I see it, the primary connection between the four photographers selected is a desire to learn from landscapes usually passed over. With the continuing compartmentalization of our land photographers have plenty of opportunity to continue the subversive desire to document areas officially considered "uninteresting". Often utilized for human purposes, these locations are intended as a means not an end. This in itself is not a new interest in photography - what was new to me was Aimee's thoughts about the landscape as a stage. This idea being that in our contemporary "first-world lifestyle" we have separated ourselves from the land to such an extent (through digital media, cars, clocks, supermarkets and the rest) that the landscape becomes an option, something to enter into but not something to daily contend with.
I'm fairly fascinated with this theory - a modern view of this historical relationship; one that sees us not necessarily as having lost, but instead having altered our perspective.
Install of Nothing to See Here at SFAC Gallery
Meanwhile, an official thank you to Damian Taylor (now at Reprint Mint in San Leandro). Damian and his impressive Light Jet printer/processor helped me out in a couple of pinches while getting ready for this show- always with a smile. If anyone is looking for high quality digital C-prints in the Bay Area (up to 53" I believe) with a kind, flexible, knowledgeable printer at the helm, willing to work with the crazy artist’s timeline, I can't recommend Damian highly enough. Email: damian"at"reprintmint . com
|Arnold Point, I-80, Oakland, CA (32" x 40" Digital C-print, 2012)|
I was lucky enough to find some time last week to head out to take photos with my most wonderful photo-assistant / friend Jen. We had two nights out in a row which felt both fun and indulgent. Part of why Jen is so wonderful to work with is because she seems to genuinely enjoy heading out to these strange locations and carrying around awkward bits of photo equipment while I keep walking or driving in circles, looking for something that seems like it could work.
One of my lessons in shooting this new work is how incredibly important the lighting is. This sounds foolish to me when I write it, like a photographer stating only the most obvious, but there seems to be a 10-15 minute window at twilight in which the colors become more saturated and everything takes on a surreal glow of sorts.
|Detail: Arnold Point, I-80, Oakland, CA|