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Saluting Mexican political art, U.S. printmakers create portfolio about BP's refinery on Lake Michigan about to process very toxic oil.

Would you trust BP with Your Drinking Water?

“People Can’t Drink Oil!” is a political print portfolio, collecting ORIGINAL hand pulled prints by 18 artists into one body of work.

 This is the second political print portfolio I’ve curated. The response to the first portfolio, “Pipelines and Borderlines”, encouraged me. I arranged seven exhibits: in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Several viewers told me they had a greater sense of awareness about the tar sands in Alberta Canada and its effect on us all. “People Can’t Drink Oil!” focuses on the other end of the pipeline, at the BP Refinery on Lake Michigan. 

These portfolios are inspired by the history of political printmaking in Mexico because it resonates with the public and affects change!

Carlos Cortez (RIP) demonstration
Carlos Cortez (RIP) demonstration

My goal is to have this project resonate in a similar way, and on a larger scale than the first project!  

BP, a multinational oil company, has a massive oil refinery on the shores of Lake Michigan in Whiting, In. In the last few years, they began expanding so it could process heavy crude oil from the Canadian tar sands. Tar sands oil — heavy, gooey oil — will be sent via pipeline from Alberta. To make it sufficiently liquid to be piped, it must be diluted with a volatile product similar to kerosene. Once the oil gets to BP Whiting, those toxic compounds need to be removed and disposed of during refining. The wastewater dumped into Lake Michigan will contain huge amounts of ammonia, mercury, other heavy metals and carcinogens. If BP would invest in improved wastewater treatment, this would not have to happen!

"BP Arrives"  by Rene Arceo
"BP Arrives" by Rene Arceo

Back to the art. Each of the artists participating creates their unique vision that can connect with people and create a sense of empowerment for those of us who are not multi-national corporations. The first exhibit is scheduled in the Chicago area in August 2012.

http://www.pipelinesandborderlines.com/

More are in the planning stages. With your support I will be able to schedule a humongous amount of exhibits (maybe even double them?) over the next two years, (about the time BP is supposed to be up to full capacity) so we can reach a lot more people! 

I know people care about art! I know a lot of people care about having safe water to drink! The way I see it, BP and other corporate giants have a lot of money and power. This group of artists’ vision and ability to reach people also has power. It can touch people with a truth that the BP’s of the world have long forgotten existed. When you support this project, we work together to make this happen! And you can take satisfaction in knowing that you played a role in spreading the word about preventing Lake Michigan from becoming a sewer.  

"SPEW"  by Ruthann Godollei
"SPEW" by Ruthann Godollei

Now for the nuts and bolts of what the money is for. Your donation will help cover costs of print paper used in all of the artists editions, (a LOT of paper), portfolio covers, framing, as well as shipping and publicity for each exhibit

I know, feeling warm and fuzzy is nice, but, um, where’s the stuff? Take a look at some of these wonderful prints below!  Then check out all the fantabulous rewards!! 

"Whiting Springs"  by Geoffrey Sciacca
"Whiting Springs" by Geoffrey Sciacca
"Infernal Machine"  by John Pitman-Weber
"Infernal Machine" by John Pitman-Weber
"Just Add Water"  by Fawn Atencio
"Just Add Water" by Fawn Atencio
"The Resourse Curse"  by Michelle Mashon
"The Resourse Curse" by Michelle Mashon

See more images on Pipelines and Borderlines Facebook Page and "LIKE" your favorite! 

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    The web acknowledgement, the postcard, the 8x10 photo, PLUS a portfolio cover sheet. Huh? What’s a portfolio cover sheet? Well, a portfolio has, inside the hand made portfolio cover, (similar to a cloth covered hardbound book cover), one original signed, limited edition hand-pulled print by each participating artist. Lying on top of these prints is the PORTFOLIO COVER SHEET, that has the Project Statement, a list of all the participating artists with the titles and an image of their print, along with a short bio for each! Oh, and it's printed on really nice paper!

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    For this pledge level you receive the web acknowledgement, the postcard, the 8x10 photo, PLUS YOUR NAME ENSHRINED on the cover sheet as a donor! The cover sheet is the first thing people see when they open the portfolio!

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    OK, this is a seriously great reward!! You get credit on the website, the postcard, the signed photo from the first exhibit, the portfolio cover sheet with donor credit printed on it, AND your choice* of one ORIGINAL signed and numbered hand pulled print from the portfolio! All prints are on 15 x 22 inch graphic heavyweight paper. *Choice of print is on a first come first served basis. A total of two prints from each artist is available to choose from for all of the rewards in the $350.00 and $525.00 pledge levels.

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    You get the same as the $350.00 pledge with a total of TWO remarkable original signed and numbered hand pulled prints from the portfolio! Again, choice of individual prints is first come first served. A total of two prints from each artist is available to choose from for all of the rewards in the $350.00 and $525.00 pledge levels. Choose only one print from any one artist per pledge please.

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    Those pledging to support the project at this level will receive the above with a total of FOUR original signed and numbered hand pulled prints of your choice*! You get YOUR NAME PRINTED EXTRA LARGE on the cover sheet and on the website as a SPONSOR! AND, THERE'S MORE! You also get a gorgeous hand crafted portfolio cover, similar to a cloth covered hard bound book cover to put everything in! *Again, choice of individual prints is first come first served. For the $1000.00 pledge level, you get to choose your four prints from one complete portfolio of prints I am putting aside just for this level.

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