necrocracy

The Petroleum Manga (2012)
50 banners
Solvent ink on Tyvek
10 ‘ x 54”
Research:  Miriam Simun
Drawing assistance: Ellen Anne Burtner
Printing: Vista CRC Lab, NY

Originally, manga was used in Japanese to refer to “whimsical drawings” or picture books. For The Petroleum Manga, the organization of this “picture book” on oil is drawn from Hokusai’s thirteen volume manga, depicting everything from trees to demons, from squirrels to shingles. Each Petroleum Manga banner represents items made out of a specific petrochemical: PET, PVC, HDPE, PMMA, polystyrene, polyurethane, ammonia, nylon, parrafin and more. These heroic banner-size drawings on Tyvek divide up the gallery space into a labrynthine maze, with their images of oil-derived products: garbage bags, water guns, plastic chickens, balloons, food containers, credit cards and more. 


Installation at Diverseworks. Photo: Mark Francis


Installation at bitforms gallery. Photo: John Berens


Installation at Diverseworks. Photo: Mark Francis


Installation at Diverseworks. Photo: Paul Hester