VUE, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair and yes it does takes place at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
For Vue 2017, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Responding to the theme of Climate Change I developed a new work related to a previous series of work on the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Our reliance on fossil fuels has impacted on the greenhouse effect and climate change. The quest for fossil fuels in the form of global oil corporations and conglomerates has had some of the most disastrous manmade environmental impact – both at sea, on land and animal and marine life.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill killing eleven people, it is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The spill was also notable for the volume of Corexit oil dispersant used and for application methods that were “purely experimental.” Scientists concluded that mixing oil with dispersant increased toxicity to ecosystems by 52 times and made the gulf oil spill worse.”
In September 2014, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that BP was primarily responsible for the oil spill because of its gross negligence and reckless conduct.
The Deepwater Horizon I-III series of paintings refer to the grand tradition of marine painting – documenting great seafarers and nautical heroics and explorers.