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Barack Obama: Made in Motor Oil, a Series of New Paintings

New York, NY, August 22, 2008 --( "Barack Obama: Made in Motor Oil" is an unusual idea for a series of paintings that casts Senator Barack Obama in the pallid light of used motor oil by painting him with it. Playing on the phrase "Made in America", the series "Barack Obama: Made in Motor Oil" ( couples the pressing energy questions of our time with the image of the American Presidential candidate through a unique brand of recycling used motor oil into art. The effect is ripe with tension.

The originator of the idea for the paintings is David Macaluso, a fine artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. A quote from his website ( elaborates on the idea:

"Since 2005 I've been painting with used motor oil. I use it in my work as a metaphor for Time-- and specifically, for this time period in history. Human civilization, in all its parts, has been built upon a foundation of oil-- but today that foundation's unsustainable. Locally and globally, we are scrambling to erect safeguards in the form of alternative energy. Now is a time of transition. And a transition is also perceived to be occurring in the U.S. political arena. In the minds of many, the presidential bid of Barack Obama has become symbolic of transition, on a number of fronts. Yet this moment remains a juncture of competing forces. Where the battle lines are drawn over which paradigm will rule tomorrow."

About David Macaluso:

David Macaluso is the recipient of the Cultural Arts Council Award of Bellmore-Merrick. A precocious artistic talent at an early age, Mr. Macaluso is largely self-taught. His higher education includes Parsons School of Design, New School University, and Hunter College, all in New York. Currently he lives and paints full-time in Brooklyn, NY; he accepts commissions selectively. His current series Barack Obama: Made in Motor Oil is available for purchase in Limited Edition Prints. His works are in numerous private collections around the world.

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