10w-30 (baseball player)
United States, born 1959
10w-30 (baseball player), 1993
recycled motor oil on paper
22 x 30 in
Museum purchase, Elizabeth W. Russell Foundation Fund
© Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
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10w-30 (baseball player) was made
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Who What Where When Why
Who is the
What is the name of the artwork?
10w-30 (baseball player)
What materials were used?
Recycled motor oil on paper
Where is the artist from?
When was the artwork made?
Perry Vasquez was born in 1959 in the United States.
After he graduated from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, he moved
to San Diego in 1987. In San Diego, he has taught art and graphic design
at several universities. Vasquez also opened a gallery in San Diego,
called ICE Gallery. This is a place where local San Diego artists can
show their work. Most of Vasquez’s art work has Mexican and American imagery,
like a baseball player.
10w-30 (baseball player) is made with
motor oil that was actually used in a car. Vasquez is well-known for
his technique of using recycled motor oil, which he calls motography.
Motography is a kind of printmaking. In motography,
the image is painted onto a surface with the recycled motor oil;
then a copy
of the painting is transferred onto paper by imprinting.
Vasquez likes to use recycled motor oil instead of pure motor oil
recycled motor oil has mud and dirt from the car’s engine. This
means that the print has
higher contrast. Vasquez likes to surprising objects
in his work. This print shows a baseball player with a screw in the
of his stomach.
Vasquez, like many artists, uses his artwork to talk about issues that are important to them. What issue do you think Vasquez is trying to tell his audience in this print? If you were to create a piece of artwork, what important issue would you talk about?
Do you think Vasquez believes that it is important to recycle? What makes you think that?
Contrast – The degree of
difference between a light and dark color.
Imagery – Language or images that suggests how someone or something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or tastes.
Imprinting – To mark by using pressure.
Motography – A type of printmaking where the image is painted onto a surface with the recycled motor oil and then transferred onto a piece of paper.
Print - A picture, copy, or design made by printing.
Printmaking – An art technique where artists can create more than one piece of artwork using one image.