Romance of Petroleum: Texas Oil Rig
Mixed media on canvas with LED lights.
24 in. x 48 in.
ROMANCE OF PETROLEUM
Power, death and money are three solid forces that have historically driven societies into either greatness or ruin, oftentimes both. Within our modern world, one substance has become the international livelihood of industry, technology, modern day functionality and capitalism. The fascination behind oil has continuously led governments to start wars, provided individuals with billions, and allowed the everyday man to live in convenience and comfort.
Harif Guzman’s Oil Series examines mans dependency on the most powerful substance on earth. Oil is prevailing in its nature of influence. Initially created through the death and decomposition of organic mass, oil “brought to life” through drills and pumps and into pipes and tankers and trucks is tasked to become the lifeblood of mans romance and addiction.