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Oil/Water Exchange Portfolio, Art & Design Study Collection
This print is part of a portfolio of artworks addressing the use or misuse of our natural resources. Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Manitoba, the University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking.
Stored: Print Box G
UND Art Collections Repository
"If Oil was Paint..." is an exercise in pop art and satire. The image is a parody of the Sherwin-Williams Company & its desire to "Cover the Earth" in paint. The goal is an ironic repurposing of Sherwin'Williams' iconic design mixed with the commercial desire to provide cheap oil. The bright colors are in keeping with the cheery, commercial look. However, there is intentional grit mixed in with the ink, to remind the viewer that acquiring oil is a grimy business. This subversion/exploitation of a common logo with a charged issue is meant to be left open to the discussion of the viewers. Apologies to the Sherwin-Williams Company for the use of their logo for satirical purposes.