Hotel Art 2: Spill, Baby, Spill
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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Hotel Art 2: Spill, Baby, Spill –2010 – acrylic on canvas – 24" x 18" x 0.75" (60.96cm x 45.72cm x 1.91cm)
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010—in which 4.9 million barrels of crude oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico courtesy of the BP Corporation—is here inverted: Blue water gushes into an oily realm, streaked with the 2008 Republican Party’s battle cry of “Drill, baby, drill!”, a call for America to eschew other renewable energy sources in favor of seeking peak oil production, after which the world will dissolve into utter chaos. A delightful abstraction fit for vocal commentary to environmentally ignorant guests in your home.