The Petroleum Manga (2012)
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.