On Thursday May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., Perimeter Gallery will host an opening for its current show, “Petrofied,” a two-part installation by a collective of both artists and non-artists who call themselves Instamatic Polyforce Hayday.

In the front of the gallery, there is a row of mysterious black plastic bundles, tied up and hung with twine. On the gallery’s big back wall, there is an oil tanker cut from paper. Its hull is painted red below the waterline and above it, transcribed in roofing tar thinned with mineral spirits, is a dense though far from exhaustive list of everyday items that contain petroleum.

The gallery’s cut-paper tanker is 50 feet in length, filling the gallery wall, but it is only 1/30th the size of Knock Nevis, the actual tanker it was drawn from.

Knock Nevis was the largest ship ever built, well over a quarter of a mile long and 50 feet longer than the Empire State Building is tall. It had the storage capacity for 4.2 million barrels of crude oil, and when full it could not navigate the English Channel. Nearly five full Knock Nevis loads is what it takes to feed the average daily appetite for oil here in the United States.

Transportation and heating account for the vast majority of our consumption, but as the things listed on the cut paper tanker suggest, petroleum has thoroughly infiltrated our lives, from the obvious products like solvents and lubricants and all things plastic to things one might rather not think about like toothpaste to things we are grateful for like medical supplies or bicycle helmets or the insulation that reduces the consumption of heating oil.

The goal of Instamatic Polyforce Hayday is to set in motion the potential of many hands and minds. “Petrofied” is the result of a day of brainstorming and a day of execution by the loosely formed collective. But the intent is that the completion of that large task is one of what will have to be many starting points for something much bigger.

“Petrofied” will be on view through June 26. Perimeter Gallery is located in Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.