• BPA-016325_Logie Aberdeen Oil Rigs – Tillydrone, Northfield and Logie, Aberdeen, Sign. , © Technisches Museum Wien
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Invisible Oil – visible plastic


The group of works entitled Invisible Oil by Austrian artist Ernst Logar reflects on our reliance as a civilisation on oil as a raw material and examines the visible and invisible impact of this limited resource on our society.

In 2008 Ernst Logar explored the raw material in terms of power structures, both economic and political, using the example of the Scottish city of Aberdeen, which is also known as the Oil Capital of Europe. Having gained access to areas of the North Sea oil industry not accessible to the general public, he used oil as a raw material to create objects, installations and photographs. He subtly visualises questions about the (in)visible presence of the black gold in all areas of society and the impact of industrial exploration and processing on the environment and the landscape. Rather than shrilly decrying the oil industry itself, Logar makes each and every one of us individually accountable for a global environmental problem, creating sculptures made from washed-up plastic waste that are reminiscent of the drilling rigs themselves. A raw material once extracted with immense technological effort from the depths of the sea now finds its way back into the world’s oceans in a new chemical composition as a result of the self-indulgence of our consumerist ‘throwaway’ society. Indeed, 70% of plastic waste sinks to the bottom of the world’s oceans, with only 15% remaining as flotsam.

Ernst Logar was born in Klagenfurt in 1965; he lives and works in Vienna.

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