Johnny Plastini


Each new work emerges from behind a post-humanist lens that focuses on the somatic decoding of philosophies ranging from pataphysics to cybernetics. In collaboration with a printing press or alternative matrix, I am able to partially abandon the direct expression of self and embrace the essence of print media as an intercessory research mechanism. I view printing not only as a series of operations within a system guided towards multiplicity but also as an opportunity to activate 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 my ego may negotiate a particular vocalization, specific agents, materials, and processes often regulate the work and communicate in concert with my own voice. I invite inquiries of both erudition and mysticism as a dissonant confluence. 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