"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.
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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