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Artist David Macaluso Recycles Oil Into Art

Brooklyn, NY, June 05, 2010 --( Artist David Macaluso has been turning oil into art since 2005. The Gulf oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in United States history, reminds everyone that “addiction to oil” has some real serious consequences that Mr. Macaluso's artwork is focused on addressing. By recycling used motor oil into art, the medium is very much a part of Mr. Macaluso's message.

Mr. Macaluso first began experimenting with used motor oil as a painting medium in 2005, and continued to paint with it for four-and-a-half years. In 2009 his method evolved from painting with the oil to containing the black, sludgy liquid in vials. His recent works, "Vial Arches" (2009-present), are used motor oil and mixed media assemblages that blur the line between painting and sculpture, and serve as a reflection of life in the Age of Oil.

Samples of David Macaluso’s used motor oil art will be on display at the Brea Art Gallery, in Brea, California, for a group exhibition called Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle. The show presents eleven works by Mr. Macaluso, including two portraits of Barack Obama (used motor oil and mixed media on paper 2008). Also on display will be "Expressions of Children," an installment from his recent series, "Vial Arches." The show runs from June 6th to July 9th, 2010. The opening reception will be on Saturday, June 5th from 7-9pm.

About the artist:
David Macaluso is an award-winning artist, currently working and living in Brooklyn, New York. His work is in the corporate collection of ExxonMobil and private collections internationally. You can view his work on his website: Please contact the artist by email:

About Brea Art Gallery:
The City of Brea Gallery is located in the Brea Civic & Cultural Center at 1 Civic Center Circle, Plaza Level. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., closed Monday, Tuesday and holidays. Admission is $2 and Brea residents are free. For more information, call the Brea Art Gallery at (714) 990-7730 or visit

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David Macaluso Arts
Claudia Tejeda
516 650 5167

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