Solar Alchemy at Arthouse on R in September 2018
“Solar Alchemy” by Linda Clark Johnson
September 7 – October 8, 2018
Open Studio at Arthouse all day Sept 8 & 9
Second Saturday Reception • September 8, 6-9 pm
Linda Clark Johnson creates cyanotype prints. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process from the 1800’s. Prints are exposed with UV light and are typically a deep shade of blue. Linda prints with natural plant materials outdoors in the sun, creating atmospheric, layered images of foliage.
Alchemy is “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” In her “Solar Alchemy” series Linda pushes the boundaries of the traditional cyanotype process, transforming images and colors by drastically altering exposures, adding extra chemicals and heat, and using eco-printing techniques. She enhances her prints using a variety of media – watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, ink, collage – to achieve desired effects.
There is an element of mystery and chance with each new piece, and the process of creating these works fascinates her as much as the end result. She joyfully experiments with new materials and works through logistical challenges, often coming up with her own techniques.
Linda Clark Johnson’s prints are in numerous private collections as well as the collections of Kaiser Permanente, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UCDavis and the City of Sacramento. She recently was awarded an Artist in Residency position at Mendocino Art Center for 2019. In addition to a BA in Art, Linda holds a Masters degree in the Arts in Education. She enjoys teaching locally and abroad, but most days you can find her in her sunny Sacramento studio exploring new ideas and images. Contact her through her website: lindaclarkjohnson.com
Arthouse on R
10th and R in Downtown Sacramento