Johnny Plastini


Anti-disciplinary quirks and pro-disciplinary quarks collide, repel, and collude to emerge new content. Approaching material semiotic research is akin to formulating a nutrient-rich com-post of inventive connection over a post-human planter bed with the goal of producing multiple crops for holistic poetic sustenance. We do not focus on growing tomatoes alone. The polytemporal pluriverse and the non-colonizing systems thinkers sit together at a table with bread, wine, and cheese. Our holobiomes ferment philosophies ranging from pataphysics to cybernetics with sympoiesis as our ambition. In collaboration with a printing press or alternative matrix, we are able to partially abandon the direct expression of selves and embrace the intercessory essence of print media. We encourage inquiries of both erudition and mysticism as a dissonant confluence. Knots of intra-activity regard the kinesthetic printing experience not only as a series of operations within a system guided towards multiplicity but also as an opportunity to activate chance-variables, which divests printmaking from the drone of reproductive duplication and engages intrinsically with alchemical catalysts inherent to the medium. While the unconscious ‘id’ may conjure the idea or the ego may negotiate a particular vocalization, specific agents, materials, and processes often regulate the work and communicate in concert as an orchestra of symbionts. The constant reevaluation of this complex relationship is a major philosophical and conceptual underpinning to the work, requiring patience, dedication, and trust through undoubted failure.


MFA – Printmaking

Tyler School of Art-Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

BA – Studio Art [Painting]

University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA