Used Motor Oil, given to me by a man working near Bryant and 3rd Streets in San Francisco

Johnna Arnold

Used Motor Oil, given to me by a man working near Bryant and 3rd Streets in San Francisco, 2016

Unique chromogenic print
64 x 30 in.
Retail Value $5,000
the Artist


Johnna Arnold is an artist, photographer, educator, and urban farmer based in Oakland, CA. Johnna 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. 

Johnna’s work is an based on an exploration into the individual’s place in contemporary culture. She is currently creating a set of unique cameraless photographs which enlarge seemingly mundane aspects of our present-day lives, with the working title Everywhere All Around. Her previous work, In/Finite Potential is comprised of photographs in which Johnna put herself in context with the large-scale freeway systems that surround her. The companion In/Finite Hut is a utopian felted hut, inside of which a projection of her encircling a small, industrial-looking planet continually plays. Her artwork 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. 

Johnna is currently finishing an artist residency at RayKo photo center. She has exhibited at many 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.