Experiments with Technology #01: iPhone and Match Flame

Johnna Arnold

Experiments with Technology #01: iPhone and Match Flame, 2016

Unique chromogenic print
30 x 62 inches
Retail Value $5,000 / Starting Bid $2,000
Courtesy of the artist


This work is created using traditional chromogenic light-sensitive paper in the dark. For this image the artist was thinking about the pivotal moment we find ourselves in as a society through the rapid onset of technology. Believing this time in history to be as seminal as when we Sapiens domesticated fire, she created an image contrasting the two technologies. The left side of this print is exposed to light by a match flame, the right side by Arnold's iPhone ringing. 

Johnna Arnold is an artist, photographer, educator, urban farmer, and parent based in Oakland, CA. Arnold's work revolves around her interest in the infrastructure that supports our post-industrial lifestyle, and how a small, fleshy human such as herself can relate to this vast system. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College in 1996, and her MFA from Mills College in 2005. She currently teaches classes in photography to graduate and undergraduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Arnold has worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute and RayKo Photography. She has exhibited at venues including the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Camerawork, the Oakland International Airport, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Her work is a part of multiple public collections including Pier 24 in San Francisco and UNESCO in Paris, France.