PLASMA SPRING is a collaboration with Daphne Simons, currently happening remotely between Scotland and New Zealand. The project revolves around an ongoing series of comics: ‘Plasma Spring’ (2019), ‘Plasma Freeze: Making Friends’ (2020) and ‘Plasma Freeze: Salon at the Centre of the Earth’ (2021), which was published by PrintRoom Rotterdam. Offshoots of the project include a series of colour pencil drawings; light boxes, props and a video, which have been shown as installations in 'JAM POD' at Stichting SIGN, Gröningen (NL); 'Material Context' at Het Archief, Rotterdam (NL) and 'VIRKETIDning' at ALTA Art Space, Malmö (SE).
'Making Friends' (2020). Digital video projection, 28:19 mins on loop. Installation view at Stitching Sign, Gröningen. Photo by Silvia Arenas.
'Leonor's Muses' and 'Eel Uprising' (2021). Coloured pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42xcm. Installation view at Stitching Sign, Gröningen. Photos by Silvia Arenas.
'Queens These Days' (2021). Painted mural. Installation view at Stichting Sign, Gröningen. Photo by Silvia Arenas.
'Celine's Contact Wheel' (2020). Motorised film prop. Installation view at Stichting Sign, Gröningen. Photo by Silvia Arenas.
'Mickey Angel's Private View' and 'Salon at the Centre of the Earth' (2021). Coloured pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42xcm. Installation view with curtain to film room at Het Archief, Rotterdam.
Photos by Nick Thomas of Studio Wolphi.
'Making Friends' (2020). Two-channel digital video projection, 28:26 (looping). Installation view at Het Archief, Rotterdam. Photos by Nick Thomas of Studio Wolphi.
'Male Mail Men' and 'Celine's Resurrection Room' (2020). Lightboxes, 43 x 60 cm. Installation views at Het Archief, Rotterdam and detail of painted wood effect.
Photos by Nick Thomas of Studio Wolphi and Guillem S. Arquer.
Credits and References:
The video ‘Making Friends’ was made as an offshoot to our second comic and its cast of fictional tribute artists. It was made at home in collaboration with remotely contributing friends during the first covid-19 lockdown – we invited our collaborators to send us an audio file covering a song chosen by us, with no prior instructions in terms of style; some used lyrics provided by us while others wrote their own. ‘Making Friends’ features:
DAVE SHAW as Whipney Houston in ‘I Will Always Love Choux’
CALYPSO HETHERINGTON as Elvis Parsley in ‘Leaf be Tender’
BARNABY WYNTER as Shank Shinatra in ‘Fry Me with a Spoon’
PETTER D. PERSSON as Stew Reed in ‘I’m Waiting for my Ham’
DAPHNE SIMONS as John Lemon in ‘Imagine (No Potatoes)’
LI-MING HU as Jimi Hentwix in ‘Turkey Glaze’
JOSIE PERRY as Patsy Brine in ‘Craving’
SOL & ANGEL as David Doughie in ‘Life on Mars Bar?’
PETTER D. PERSSON, JAMIE KANE, DAPHNE SIMONS AND JOSIE PERRY
as the Nuclear Puppies in ‘Mommy Please Can I Go to the Lake With my Surf Friends?’
A close viewing of the drawing ‘Mickey Angel’s Private View’ reveals a quotation of the poster 'P is for Poodle' (1982–89) by art collective General Idea. The mural 'Queens These Days' and the second pair of drawings – ‘Eel Uprising’ and ‘Leonor’s Muses’ – anticipate the upcoming fourth Plasma Spring comic, in which our Tudor-styled poodles will meet their match in an electric sea battle, leading our cast to unexpectedly congregate in the bedroom of artist Leonor Fini and her sapphic vampire friends in 1930s Paris. The skeletal figure in 'Leonor's Muses' is a homage to Fini's painting 'The Angel of Anatomy' (1949).
Huge thanks to Linus Bonduelle and Niloufar Nematollahi for various technical help.
Plasma Spring at Stichting Sign, Gröningen (November 4 – December 5 2021)
Plasma Spring at Het Archief, Rotterdam (July 2021)
'Male Mail Men' (2020). Lightbox, 43 x 60 cm. Installation view at Stitching Sign, Gröningen. Photo by Silvia Arenas.