The Oil Baron’s Club

September 19, 2012

‘The Oil Baron’s Club’ is an ambitious new installation by John Walter at SMART Consultants – the SMART gallery, Aberdeen, 22 September – 21 October 2012. The project combines painting, wallpaper, print and sculpture in a project that marries the artist’s cosmology together with the local oil industry.

Walter has designed two vinyl prints, one for the walls and one for the floor, on top of which will be hung digital drawings and new paintings. On the floor will be a cardboard sculpture of an oil well. At the opening Walter will perform in costume singing recent songs and serving drinks. The remnants of this performance will remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition as installation.

The title ‘The Oil Baron’s Club’ refers to the bar in the TV show Dallas, a longstanding theme within Walter’s work, an unlikely conjunctive between the austerity of Aberdeen’s granite and Walter’s “maximal” aesthetic; the oil industry serves as the glue mediating imagery and narratives that become hooks for the psychedelic and surreal musings of Walter’s imagination.

via The Oil Baron’s Club.


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