The Anatomy of Oil (2009 - 2011)

Archival pigment prints

Sculpture: wooden stretcher bars; shrink wrap; bubble wrap


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The Anatomy of Oil explores our relationship to time, and to the membrane of the "wrapper" as a signifier of absence or not-having -- material considered valuable only in its ability to protect and contain the central objects of value.  I investigate the reversal that happens when these materials shed their role as wrappers and lay full claim to a role as the primary object of value.  The reflectivity of the plastics used capture ambient light and create new optic experiences over the course of the day, forefronting the temporal experience of the viewer.


Exhibiton history

2011  Exquisite. University Gallery, Univ of Mass., Dartmouth.  New Bedford, MA

2011  Material/Image. Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2011  Material/Image. Reynolds Gallery, Univ of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

2010  I-95 Triennial. University of Maine Museum of Art.  Bangor, ME

2010  Pleasant St Industrious. Easthampton Center for the Arts.  Easthampton, MA

2009  Archetime. Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts.  New York, NY

2009  Aferro Benefit. Gallery Aferro.  Newark, NJ


Published in:

Ast, Olga, ed. Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time.  MBP/Random House.  2011. pp 190-191.