Oil Spill #1, Rem Forza, Gulf of Mexico
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955
May 11, 2010
Digital chromogenic color print
Sheet: 39 × 52 in. (99.1 × 132.1 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979
Place Made: Canada, North America
Not on view
What has created this strangely beautiful grayish pattern of icicle-like forms? It is the chemical dispersant used to clean up the catastrophic 2010 BP oil spill caused by an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit. The blast killed 11 people and dumped approximately 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In contrast to the more common sea level images of the spill, Edward Burtynsky’s birds-eye view accentuates the horrifying scale of the disaster. It also reflects his practice of capturing eerily beautiful compositions of troubling subjects—especially humanity’s negative environmental impact around the globe.
From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art
ENGS 7.02, Climate Change, Mary Albert, Winter 2019
ENVS 7, Ecopyschology, Terry Osborne, Winter 2019
ANTH 12.26, GEOG 68, Environmental Justice, Maron Greenleaf, Winter 2019
ENGL 75.2, Climate Fiction, Alysia Garrison, Spring 2019
HIST 23, American History since 1980, Julie Rabig, Spring 2020
This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Luise and Morton Kaish Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20- July 24, 2022.
Waterways: Tension and Flow, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 4-August 23, 2015.
Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; sold to Nancy and Thomas O'Neil III, Baltimore, Maryland, January 28, 2011; given to present collection, 2014.
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