Sunday, July 7, 2013

People Can't Drink OIL! Exhibition at Paul Henry's Gallery


"People Can't Drink OIL!!!
a political print portfolio curated by Beverly Keys.
Paul Henry’s Art Gallery
416 Sibley St. Hammond, Indiana 46320

Artists: René ARCEO - Fawn ATENCIO - Carlos BARBERENA - Liz BORN - Pippin FRISBIE-CALDER - Liliana GERARDI - Ruthann GODOLLEI - Beverly KEYS - Joshua KOLBOW - Jill KRAMER - Michelle MASHON - Michelle ROZIC - Janet SCHILL - Geoffrey SCIACCA - John PITMAN WEBER - Natalie WOODLOCK - Fotios ZEMENIDES -

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Brought to You by Big Oil and Irresponsible Government

PIPELINES & BORDERLINES: People Can't Drink OIL! Print Portfolio

Jill Kramer. Brought to You By Big Oil and Irresponsible Government
"Brought to You by Big Oil and Irresponsible Government" Relief Print by Jill Kramer

Kramer is a printmaker based in Oak Park, Illinois. She is a native of Chesterland, Ohio and received her BFA from Kent State University. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently the Education Center Supervisor for the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Jill’s current artistic practice focuses on landscape and it’s deterioration, through natural and man made causes. She uses relief and screen print methods to investigate her inquiries into this natural erosion and express her thoughts on idealized scenery. Her most recent projects have revolved around issues that allow her to contribute to group dialogue and participate in collective action on social justice environmental issues.
Jill works from her home studio where she lives with her husband and two children.

Artist's Statement:
I grew up in a rural area of North East Ohio. On hot summer days, nothing was better than cranking the water pump out side to take a gulp of ice cold well water from the natural spring on my parents property. I can still remember the slight metallic taste of iron that lingered in my mouth as the refreshing liquid ran down my throat.

Nowadays, I drink from the same water source that all Chicago area residents rely - Lake Michigan. And while this water still quenches a thirst, it remains flat in it’s delivery. The thought of reaching for a glass of water, with tiny amounts of benzene and arsenic from the runoff of Dilbit that has been transported through pipelines that cross the United States is a bit unsetteling. When Dilbit spills, as it did in 2010 outside of Marshall, Michigan, ground water is contaminated with small amounts of benzine and arsenic. These chemicals are used to thin the heavy oil so that it can flow easily through pipelines. When there is a spill or leak in these lines, ground water and drinking water becomes contaminated. Benzine is a known cancer causing chemical and arsenic has been used mainly as an insecticide for agricultural usage.

I cannot image now, taking a sip from the water pump of my childhood, and having to wonder if I was consuming cancer causing chemicals and known poisons at the expense of trying to quench my thirst.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Geology of Louisiana #3

PIPELINES & BORDERLINES: People Can't Drink OIL! Print Portfolio

Pippin Fribie-Calder.The Geology of Louisiana #3 
"The Geology of Louisiana #3" Print by Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Friday, August 24, 2012


PIPELINES & BORDERLINES: People Can't Drink OIL! Print Portfolio

Natalie Woodlock 
"Untitled" Print by Natalie Woodlock

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Flush BP

PIPELINES & BORDERLINES: People Can't Drink OIL! Print Portfolio

Janet Schill. Flush BP 
"Flush BP" Screen Print by Janet Schill

Artist's Statement: 
A Toilet – is this what it comes to. We are given an opportunity to take care our planet. Watching those who turn our environment into a waste dump is sad and frustrating. If we don’t say something it will be too late for all of us. Bev Keys in her quest to creatively expose some of these problems has led me to the screen print called “Flush BP”. No more should be said. A large toilet is what they think our lake should become. Doesn’t matter, we drink, swim, and fish out of this lake. It’s a waste dump to the refinery.

Janet Schill is a printmaker who lives in Riverside Illinois. She received a BFA 1987 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After moving to Oak Park, Illinois, in 1991, she joined Expressions Graphics. In the summer of 1996 she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. She currently serves as executive director of Expressions Graphics gallery and press shop which is located in Oak Park. Her current focus is in screen printing on paper. She has exhibit in both national and international shows.