THE ART OF PLASMA
Glass, gas and electricity combine to create unique possibilities for artists. Historical techniques are now made modern in this hands-on text, revealing ways to fuse art with science to create revolutionary forms of light art. The history, theory, and practice of the plasma artist are all covered to give the practitioner both context and practical information to work within this dynamic medium.
Wayne Strattman's The Art of Plasma is a unique and invaluable contribution to the future development of this art form. After acknowledging historical origins, he makes accessible detailed and necessary practical science for artists wishing to use plasma as a creative medium. He generously shares knowledge and experience gained over many decades of innovating and creating world-leading plasma art. This book could be viewed as a plasma apprenticeship in print.
-Keith Brocklehurst, MSc, Artist and Educator
Captivating and essential, this is an illuminating read for all fascinated by the intersection of art and science. Strattman's practice is grounded in decades of research and technical expertise, offering us practical, comprehensive and generous insights into the mesmerizing field of plasma illumination.
-Harriet Schwarzrock, Plasma Artist, Curtis Glass Art Studio
Wayne Strattman has done a great job of placing plasma art in its historical, electrical, and aesthetic contexts - something that someone writing on a slightly arcane or highly technical subject hardly ever does. I also like the emphasis on the idea that even the 'greats' needed to find out what was known or suspected at the time, try things for themselves, and then blunder about (in an intelligent way) to find the next thing - that our knowledge didn't arrive all highly organized, fully developed, and tightly reasoned in the mind of a solitary genius, but was typically the result of many false starts, simultaneous discoveries, personal ambitions, etc. The plasma worker was, and still is a part of this story too.
"The Art of Plasma" is both inspirational and an invaluable process guide, carefully crafted from decades of expert research and experience. This text will advance the artistic medium of Plasma and is an essential resource for any practicing or interested artisan. Core knowledge and history are important resources and we are all very lucky Wayne took the time to assemble this text.