Poster, "Oil and Water Do Not Mix", 2010 Screenprint with oil culled from the Gulf of Mexico, sand, and extender base on white wove paper. Gift of Anthony Burrill. 2012-13-1.
What is this?
Screenprinted (artist's proof) poster with the text "OIL & WATER" and a rectangular block with a wavy line suggesting water printed in brown oil. White paper ground shows through the block to form the text "DO NOT MIX" "GULF OF MEXICO - 2010".
Why is this in our collection?
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also known as the BP oil spill) in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, designer and graphic artist Anthony Burrill was approached by Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate Isturiz, the creative team at the innovative communications agency, Happiness Brussels. Galle and Isturiz asked Burrill to design a poster that would be printed with oil from the spill. Burrill was drawn to the opportunity to produce something positive from such a disaster. A few days later, Burrill submitted his design. Isturiz and Galle flew to Louisiana to capture oil from the spill that had leeched into the sandy beaches of the coastline. Upon their arrival, they found the entire beach cordoned off but,... more