Oil Projections




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2005
Archival Digital Prints
Dimensions: 30″ x 40″

What is our relationship to petroleum products? Do we recognize the petroleum materials we rely on when we see them close up?

The images are made by photographing projected images of oil on water similar in style to the psychedelic light shows of the 1960s, but made with petroleum-based substances. The images are created using products derived from petroleum, such as crude oil, gasoline, road oil, etc. reacting with water. I have also generated video with this technique, which is seen in the video projections in Oh, Petroleum.

I have been creating Oil Projection images of materials such as:
diesel, crude oil, and jet fuel.