Cast Acrylic, Oil Barrel & Spray Paint
100 x 100 cm
This project is a complex balance of formal and conceptual juxtapositions. The work consists of the round end of a standard oil barrel set into a panel of polished cast acrylic. On one level there is a circle in a square but the nature of the two materials with their history, surface, colour and finish create a far more complex abstraction. The cast acrylic, itself a petro-chemical derivative and deliberately painted black to resemble oil, suggests the notion of mutual necessity as here the support material is inversed.
The polished black surface has many connotations. In a way it reminds us of our personal dependence on oil and its derivatives and our own carbon footprint, but more than anything it prompts us to recall the many disastrous oil spills that have tainted the environment. The celestial appearance of the circle also highlights our precarious position on our tiny planet.
This version feels a little more abstract and less celestial but it in no way reduces the conceptual impact of the work. What I like most about this piece is the opening in the green barrel that permits us to see through to the wall behind adding another layer to the two existing picture planes already present. I have and could replace the lid but I enjoy the associations this small aperture has with the sliced paintings of Lucio Fontana.
In this photograph two spotlights intermingle on the wall behind the opening creating a tiny Venn diagram of light. I like that!
Cast Acrylic, Paint & Steel