hubbert's peak

(2012)

media: painting, installation

concepts: energy, place, society

Hubbert's Peak is a project based on energy use and consumption with emphasis on the use of petroleum as a source of energy and as a source of materials. The study began through a study of the feed-in tariffs for renewable energy self-sufficiency. Work began during a residency in Vermont in April 2012, the US's first state to enact a feed-in law.​

The main emphasis of the work is on plastic, our ideas of plastic as a sustainable or non-sustainable medium, and what might happen to the production of plastic should petroleum resources run out.

The initial stages of the project were funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and took place in Vermont Studio Center, VT USA.

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				Everythings Ephemeral

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				Everythings Ephemeral

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				 Everythings Ephemeral

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				 Everythings Ephemeral

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				 Everythings Ephemeral

Everything's Ephemeral

temporary acrylic and mixed media painting on wall, 2012, 380 x 210cm

This painting installation changed as the project took place. It was created on the wall of the studio space in Vermont Studio Center. It is painted in acrylic to reflect the idea that plastic may last for a long time in our environment, but it will not last long if petroleum production ceases.

Nothing lasts forever.

The changing painting installation,
				 Everythings Ephemeral

polyethyleneonme

Acrylic on paper 2012, 74 x 74cm

A painting in acrylic (plastic media) based on the idea of plastic as a pervasive substance in 21st Century places.

an acrylic painting on paper, 
				 Polyethyleneonme

Poly(e)th(yl)ene

Acrylic on paper 2012, 62 x 41cm (longest edge)

This work is a painting about the maleable and universal nature of plastic, using a plastic medium to form an image of its most pervasive form: a bag.

an acrylic painting on paper, Polyethylene

Linear

Acrylic on paper 2012, 73 x 70cm

A painting on paper observing the complication of energy use, harking back to the surge that caused the blackout in the east coast of America in the early 2000s.

an acrylic painting on paper, Linear

Steady Current

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy. This two-sided painting piece deals dually with the chaos that drives energy production and the role of crude oil in this process and a quiet reflection on what we may see of energy in an everyday context.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 Steady Current

Steady Current

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This two-sided painting piece deals dually with the chaos that drives energy production and the role of crude oil in this process and a quiet reflection on what we may see of energy in an everyday context.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 Steady Current

The Feed In

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This work focuses more on energy production and distribution in Vermont, where the project began. It makes reference to anaerobic digesters, crude oil manufacture and a split in energy production values.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 The Feed In

The Feed In

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This work focuses more on energy production and distribution in Vermont, where the project began. It makes reference to anaerobic digesters, crude oil manufacture and a split in energy production values.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 The Feed In

The Feed In

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This work focuses more on energy production and distribution in Vermont, where the project began. It makes reference to anaerobic digesters, crude oil manufacture and a split in energy production values.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 The Feed In

Took A Drive To The Sprawl

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This was the first in a series of sculptural pieces made with acrylic paint on plexiglass sheet showing two sides to an image. One side shows an urban-heavy industrial energy landscape, while the other side shows a suburban area - the growth of suburbia is often cited as one of the key factors in the rise of the motor industry.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 Took A Drive To The Sprawl

Took A Drive To The Sprawl

Acrylic on Plexiglass 2012, 30 x 28 x .5cm

Following earlier works in this series that used some other media (paper, wall), this work and other that followed use plastic as the only medium. This piece deals with inflections in energy production and the idea that nothing is guaranteed in our systems of energy.

This was the first in a series of sculptural pieces made with acrylic paint on plexiglass sheet showing two sides to an image. One side shows an urban-heavy industrial energy landscape, while the other side shows a suburban area - the growth of suburbia is often cited as one of the key factors in the rise of the motor industry.

two-sided painting on plexiglass,
				 Took A Drive To The Sprawl

Flying to Suburbia

Digital Print on Silk Paper 2012, 15 x 20cm

A digital piece dealing with the idea of road construction and the mock eternity that is \ suggested by a petroleum-based way of life.

Exhibited at Little Green Gallery, Dublin, 2013, as part of the OFFSET Festival, 2013.

digital print on silk paper,
				 Flying to Suburbia

Running on Empty

Digital print on silk paper 2012, 25 x 16.5cm

This work is based on the idea of peak oil and the future of landscapes due to changing practices in energy production and consumption.

Exhibited at Little Green Gallery, Dublin, 2013, as part of the OFFSET Festival, 2013.

digital print on silk paper,
				 Running on Empty

Out By Hubbert's Peak<

Digital collage on silk paper 2012, 20 x 15cm

This artwork looks at the idea of renewable energy processes emerging after peak oil has passed.

Exhibited at Little Green Gallery, Dublin, 2013, as part of the OFFSET Festival, 2013.

digital print on silk paper,
				 Out by Hubberts Peak