This is painting #21 in Alann J’s robot series. It started out as kind of an editorial on the world’s continued dependency on oil products… you know, the formation of the Seven Sisters oil cartel in 1928, OPEC in 1960, the world’s dependency on oil, the resulting pollution, global warming, etc… but in the end, it took on an even deeper meaning. Can you guess what it is?
I used an Ice Cream truck to represent Big Oil because there are similarities in the way people respond to it and the way they respond to the Ice Cream truck. When kids hear the sound of the ice cream truck coming, they scurry to their bikes and race toward the sound, money in hand to buy their favorite flavor before it is gone. The Ice Cream truck will come to them eventually, but they can’t wait, and instead they rush to the truck. This is not unlike what happens when the price of oil drops to below $XX.XX per barrel. We go rushing, money in hand to wherever the “Oil Truck” is and buy our favorite flavor before it is gone. Then when someone else rings the bell and drops the price, poof! we are gone again, and on our way to the next truck to buy our oil.
If you notice the robot, he is made of Harley Davidson parts, and nothing is more “American” than Harley Davidson. So what I am portraying here is where ever there is low priced oil, friend or foe… America is always first in line. If you look at the reflections in the paint of the robot, you will see other robots coming, but we are already reaching for our wallets, the deal has been done.
Oh, and don’t miss the dumbest joke of all on this one… beneath the engine area lies a single computer chip. It is the only object fused to this painting. Do you get the joke?