#3 Time is a Viscous Material by Johnny Plastini
“Time is a Viscous Material humorously translates psychological mechanisms of prediction and remembrance from the metaphysical realm to the physical space of paint on canvas"
Johnny Plastini. (b. 1986, USA) is a material-centric artist who advocates poetically for the multiplicity of agents participating with human-derived systems of logic, thus encouraging us to analyze our own architectures and discover new cultural ecologies. He 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. Plastini has completed residencies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. He 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. Plastini has been featured in numerous publications including CRED, West Branch (Bucknell University), Studio Visit, and New American Paintings. Plastini’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. Johnny Plastini is currently an Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
#2 Solitude by Jessica Langley
"Solitude is a meditation on the process of foraging, getting lost and wandering, in which the surface is activated through the use of meandering color and line."
Jessica Langley (b. 1981, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers how cultural symbols of nature and certain representations of landscape are experienced both directly and through the mediated and sublimated image. Using foraged materials, fresco, digital print, sculpture, and collage she is exploring abstraction as a form which dehumanizes place and investigating how the analogous dichotomy of abstraction/representation and the objective/subjective perspectives complicate this relationship. Langley is based in Colorado where she is the editor of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society newsletter and a full-time instructor of Visual Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has exhibited her work internationally in such cities as Belfast, Berlin, Mexico City, New York, Reykjavík, and Santa Cruz, as well as being featured in the Pittsburgh Biennial and the Queens International. She has been an artist-in-residence in numerous programs including Skaftfell Center of Visual Art in Iceland, Askeaton Contemporary Art in Ireland, the SPACES World Artist Program in Cleveland, and the Digital Painting Atelier at OCAD-U in Toronto. She was a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship and the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Scholarship for research in Iceland, and she earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. She is an amateur mycologist, and her artwork and writings have been published in New American Paintings, NPR, Hyperallergic, Temporary Art Review, and the New York Mycological Society Newsletter. She is co-founder of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run-gallery in Brooklyn, NY; The Stephen and George Laundry Line, a project space in Queens, NY; and The Yard, a site for public art in Colorado Springs.