The galleries shown at the left-hand side of this page
are as follows:
This gallery displays the works
by artists that have contributed to different Oil Drum Art projects.
They are listed by name in alphabetical order as well as specific
information about their beliefs and contact information.
express their concern about the impact of fossil fuels on the planet
and provoke viewers at Oil Drum Art exhibitions to reevaluate their
addiction to oil products and modify their irresponsible consumption.
The planet is at risk and new thinking is needed to find ways for
sustainable solutions that will help avert a global meltdown of our
The possessing or controlling
of oil has been a defining policy objective of the 20th century community
of nations. The oil drum contains the essential energy of our world,
without which our modern civilization could not exist. The drum container
in its vast simplicity as a symbol common to all men, evokes every one
of the forces, greed, hope, peace and havoc that have influenced mankind
for a century or more.
As a powerful metaphor for oil the metal drums reflect
political implications and divisiveness generated throughout the
world. The diminishing resources places greater pressure on industrial
nations to control available oil until an alternative energy source
oil drum has been employed as an aesthetic vessel by John Chamberlain,
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Forrest Myers, and other renowned artists
who have seen the possibilities of the metal container as a symbol
or as a point of artistic departure. It is a 3-dimensional “canvas”
that conjures up a variety of meaningful images.
The oil drum when used as a means of expression will remind
the world that art has a place, not just in museums, but wherever
it may be seen and pondered, and not just as art, but as philosophy
whose power will rise from the making of art from a common symbol that
is large enough to embrace it.
crisis is crippling our global economies and creating tensions between
nations as they seek to control oil that is becoming a finite commodity.
alternative energy solutions are paramount in today’s world and drum artists
are helping to raise awareness through their artworks.
Drum Art wants to raise people’s consciousness about what oil is doing
to their planet and their economy. America’s addiction to oil has
produced two wars and is bankrupting the nation. Americans cannot
continue to be complacent about rising oil costs and to be irresponsible
about excessive energy-consumption.
During an exhibition
in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Oil Drum Art was invited to appear on the CBS
Early Show during Earth Day Week because of its environmental content.
A dozen artworks were displayed on the CBS Plaza and the artists were
interviewed. Then in September the Commemorative 9/11 Oil Drum Art
Exhibition at the Barnum Museum was featured on the New York Fox-5 TV
In 2009 Oil Drum Art and its
president and founder, Jack Lardis, received the 2009 Arts Council
of Greater New Haven Arts Award for breakthrough and innovative art.