Johnny Plastini


Within my work exists an overarching umbrella containing spokes of both phenomenological and ontological inquiries, which effectively encapsulates an open arena in the aim of fostering pluralistic dialog, slow looking, and transdisciplinary discourse. I eagerly invite the dissonant confluence that results in exploring both dichotomies and kinships of erudition and neo-mysticism specifically with regard to hypermodernism, dromology, vital materialism, and agential realism. My own artistic intent is often eclipsed by the commitment to explore content through subconscious transmissions of pure automatism, unconscious transactions of liminality, the conscious interaction with structures of vibrant matter, or the metaconscious intra-action of inseparable agencies. When working with a printing press, I am able to partially abandon the direct expression of self and embrace the unpredictability and indirect nature of the printing process as an intercessory 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. When I sustainably form my own handmade paper, ink, paint, or forage for materials, I view it as a collaborative agential endeavor because each authentic material becomes just as important from a conceptual standpoint as what evolves pictorially. While the unconscious ‘id’ may conjure the idea or the ego may negotiate a particular vocalization, it is eventually the animated materials, which must communicate the aura of a tangible work of art. 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