-Introduce how technological development has shaped our concept of nature throughout history. Engage topics of natural resource use, the industrialization of the landscape, and illuminate our ever-changing concepts of nature.
-Show the impact that technologies in oil and gas exploration have made to change the physical and metaphysical landscape (above and below the Earth’s surface).
-Early Gas development in Western NY from 1820’s – present.
-Geologic descriptions and explanations of Marcellus shale by James Hall.
-The invention of the Tricone drill bit: Howard Robard Hughes.
-horizontal drilling technologies
-George Mitchell: hydraulic fracturing.
The work is to do such and such:
-Attest to the engineering marvel of petroleum engineering and infrastructure. (the bits being emblematic of the forefront of this exploration and exploitation, charging forward the prow of a ship)
-Illustrate that these materials and processes are under our feet and around the corner.
-Generate a dialogue about the gravity and cost of such operations and networks of fuel infrastructure (what are we investing in? is this a sustainable? are we desensitized to these industrial landscapes?)
-My work to stand as a witness to the processes and externalities associated with natural gas development, transport, refinement, and consumption.