Associate Professor of Printmaking

About

Biography

Johnny Plastini received his BA in studio art with a painting emphasis from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received his MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. He has completed residencies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Johnny Plastini primarily communicates poetic narratives that employ sustainable printmaking and papermaking processes to meaningfully link the arts and sciences together. Johnny’s current research project as a Resident Research Fellow through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability involves translating lichens through a documentary process along the Colorado Front Range and California Coastal ecosystems. He asserts that "lichens represent a particularly potent metaphor to consider today because they are a composite organism of fungi, algae, and/or cyanobacteria, which form a symbiotic relationship. They offer a seemingly simple, yet complex example of how human communities could evolve into a more mutually beneficial state, apart from hierarchical exploitation strategies inherent to late-stage capitalism. I am interested in examining the definition of culture through an interdisciplinary lens. By “culture” I am referring to both the scientific definition as applied to lichen cultures (a collection of cells maintained in a condition suitable for growth) and anthropological culture (the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people or other social group). "

Johnny's pluralistic approach to critical studio engagement advocates for the multiplicity of agents participating with human-derived systems of logic and encourages us to analyze these architectures together, holistically, as expansive models for discovering new cultural ecologies. Johnny has exhibited extensively at museums, conferences, non-profit spaces, art fairs, and galleries, nationally and internationally. Recent exhibition venues include: Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Ulrich Museum of Art, Bradbury Art Museum, New Bedford Art Museum, SITE: Brooklyn, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Manhattan Graphics Center,  Lee Gallery at Clemson University, McMaster Museum of Art, and Southampton Art Center, among others. Johnny has been featured in numerous publications including CRED, West Branch (Bucknell University), Studio Visit, and New American Paintings. Johnny’s work is held in the permanent public collections of Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, and in the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. His work is also held in the Special Collections Archive in the Norlin Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection (AP/RC) at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Courses

  • ART 265: Intaglio and Relief

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  • ART 366: Intermediate Printmaking Workshop

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  • ART 465: Advanced Printmaking Workshop

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  • ART 466: Printmaking Capstone

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  • ART 380a4: Post-Digital Printmaking

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