the galleryfront.com peak oil art catalog
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DESCRIPTIONThis is a pdf of our September-October art catalog which features art centered around Peak Oil.
The Peak Oil CatalogWelcome to another edition of the GalleryFront.com art catalog. In the first edition we focused on Art as an Investment. This time we are going to focus on something a bit more broad Peak Oil. This issue is a catalog with a message. Very little of the art in this catalog is from the secondary market. Most pieces here were created specifically for the catalog. Artists from GalleryFront.com were asked to create something with a message. We, and the artists involved in this project, believe that Peak Oil is a potentially important issue in the world today. We simply want to bring attention to it. Many of the artists are from the U.S., but this is an international project with artists from six continents. One artist from Africa said the following: Pardon my forwardness, but I think I am qualified to create a piece of art with real feeling as we are living it right now. We have constant power cuts and two hours of water a day. Our basic commodities are short. Fuel is very scarce and not readily available. Im running my computer system on a generator this minute with rare and very expensive fuel. What is Peak Oil? In the 1950s a man named M. King Hubbert was working for Shell Oil in Houston, TX. He presented a theory in 1956 to the American Petroleum Institute suggesting that United States petroleum production would peak in the next 20 years. He was exactly right, and in 1973, partially because of our oil production peak, the United States experienced a dire energy crisis. Using Hubberts prediction techniques, one finds that in the very near future the world supply of oil will also be declining, despite increasing demand. There are currently 98 oil producing countries in the world, of which 64 are thought to have passed their production peak, and of those, 60 are already in terminal production decline. The image to the left illustrates the United States falling into production decline in the 1970s. Over 60 countries are now facing the exact same production decline. Peak Oil is the date when the peak of the worlds conventional petroleum production rate is reached. Some think were beginning to go through it right now. When Peak Oil occurs, demand will be higher than supply. For you economists out there, many believe that the laws of elasticity act a bit more strictly in the the oil market because nearly every other market depends upon oil. Demand cant decrease until other options are available. For demand to decrease as price increases, we would need other energy and transportation options. Nuclear power plants take over 20 years to build, and currently our transportation infrastructure is built almost entirely upon oil. There are no competing options that could support between six to eight billion people. Everything you own depends upon oil.
Some predict that Peak Oil will result in mass-starvation, the twisting of governments of countries that have large oil reserves, wars between first-world countries seeking oil, global depression, massimmigration, and the collapse of global civilization. They argue that these results can only be mitigated through conservation and through energy alternatives.
Peak Oilers arguments are compelling. Take any one item you have right now, your shoes for example. Petroleum is pulled from the earth, moved and processed. Polymers that make up the individual parts of your shoes are created and shipped overseas. They are made into the basic materials that will make up your shoes, and are moved again, probably to east Asia, to be made into your shoes. They are then shipped back around the world and eventually end up on your feet. Right now, in the United States, only 2% of all shoes are created in the U.S. The remaining 90-some-odd percent are moved around the globe thousands of miles before you purchase them. It takes a tremendous amount of cheap energy to move products thousands of miles. Everything you own is awash in oil. A similar energy trail could be followed for every product we consume, especially our food. In the United States, and much of North and South America, it takes between five and ten calories to move every one calorie of food to peoples tables. Most of that energy is gotten from oil. This does not include the other oil-based products integrated into our food: fertilizers, pesticides, combines, tractors, plastics, and the like. It is common knowledge that if gasoline prices raise to $5.00 per gallon, our economy would struggle. When you consider that most countries have the same energy, product, and food infrastructures as the U.S., a significant increase in the price of oil would influence the prices of everything throughout the Americas, including food. On July 18, all of the major news outlets reported a 2% to 8% leap in food prices in the United States, siting gas prices as a major cause. People in the U.S. talk a lot about illegal immigrants. Well, what happens when we have 150 million immigrants trying to get into the United States because there is no affordable food in their own countries? These are questions that our own intelligence agencies have asked. Our governments reaction seems to have been the building of Immigrant Detention Centers to handle a huge influx of illegal immigrants. To me, the good news is that none of the bad things that could happen need to happen. Innovation is required, however. We should begin to create a new energy infrastructure, then maybe we can avoid all of the potential economic problems that could arise. I, along with the artists represented in this catalog, encourage you to think of ways to help us avoid potential catastrophe. Conserve. Support products that are local and dont require gallon upon gallon of oil to be moved to your area. Ill even go so far as to suggest what our politicians will not: do not buy an SUV until you can own one that is all electric. The technology is here. It is not as expensive as you might think. If it is too expensive for you, write a letter to an automaker and wait until the cost is affordable.
cover art Come and Join the Light Art by Luis Perez
I hope you enjoy the art that our artists have created. Some of these pieces can be found on our website GalleryFront.com, but much of it was created solely for this catalog. If you have any questions about the art, dont hesitate in contacting us at 720.249.2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a nice day, Jeremy Mooer Owner GalleryFront.com 720.249.2853
...One more thing.This is an art catalog. However, do not confuse the message with the intent to capitalize. Yes, we want to make money, but more important to us (or to me at least) is your lifestyle. Some of the issues on the previous two pages are very important. In fact, there are many issues that are important to our planets health. Almost all of these issues stem from overpopulation. If I had to choose between my making money and your making a lifestyle change, I would choose the latter. From CO2 emmissions to net energy consumption, every little choice does help. I like this planet. Lets make sure were around to enjoy it in 100 years. Our Catalog is sent quarterly. If youd like to receive future catalogs email email@example.com or call 720.249.2853.
Yes, I want to make money, but more i m p o r t a n t to me is your lifestyle.
Would you like to sell your art in future catalogs?Our next catalog will include about 150 pages, 50 of which are available to others who have art to sell. If you are a dealer, gallery owner, print publisher, or have a collection of art that might interest people who will be receiving the November / December catalog, dont hesitate in emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in buying?There is limited availability to almost every piece in the catalog. If youre interested you can either: 1) Call 1 720.249.2853 2) Email email@example.com
Peak Oil Pages: 1 - 49 Normal Nor mal Catalog Pages: 50 - 71
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Natural Selection 11.5 x 16.25 $800
Among all the bad consequences of the oilsituation, one of the things that shocks me the most is the gradual loss of indigenous cultures. They come in contact with our socalled modern world, brought usually by the same oil companies that drill on what was once native territories. Seeing an image of an Indian with a cellphone is like a confirmation that things can never go back to be the way they were. Progress is the beginning of the end for a natural world that vanishes as a consequence of the oil machinery, socially and politically speaking. This picture was inspired by all that.
Luis PeresAll works created with Watercolor, Acrylic and Clored Pencil.
Come and Join the Light 11.5 x 16.25 $950
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A Dark Bright Future 11.5 x 16.25 $800
This one [A Dark Bright Future] represents theinvasion and changing of the natural and traditional world by the arrival of the oil industries. This image appeared from nowhere in my mind while looking at a desert photograph. Thinking about the oil that should be under the sand, I got this image of a giant oil tanker appearing from under the sand, creating "waves" like a whale on the ocean. I changed the natural desert into a giant oil field catching by surprise even the desert local tribes, who are destined to have the same fate as the Amazonian indigenous tribes by the arrival of the oil companies in their environmen