Plastique Fantastique is a group that investigates aesthetics, the sacred, politics and popular and mass culture through comics, performances, texts, assemblages and installations. It is envisaged as a group of human and inhuman avatars delivering communiqués from the extreme past and the future. Its works are baroque, transformative, express a subversive urgency and are frequently site-specific.
The list of individuals that make up Plastique Fantastique change dependent upon the circumstances. As a group it was originally conceived of by Simon O’Sullivan as the architects of the exhibition New Life at Chisenhale, London, a 2004 exhibition by the artist David Burrows. In Plastique Fantastique’s manifesto O’Sullivan proposed a group whose intentions are to shift potential participants “from work time (utility) into sacred time (play)” by executing practice as ritual. Since the appearance of the manifesto, the story of Plastique Fantastique has been narrated through their comics.
Plastique Fantastique is David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan. It was formed in 2004 and has performed and exhibited in the UK and abroad including 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; Outpost, Norwich; Apex, Portsmouth; Aliceday Gallery, Brussels and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. They have participated in ‘GSK Contemporary’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London, ‘The Chemical Wedding’ Tate Britain, London 2008 and the 2010 Tatton Park Biennial.