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BC 050510_'F you Nature...' by JGroeling BC 050510_'F you Nature...' by JGroeling
"Fuck you Nature. Sincerely, the pursuit of Profits", 2010
18" x 24", Acrylic on watercolor paper.

Firstly, let me explain the BC 050510, part of the title. Anyone who has received a business card from me has realized that they are all handcrafted. Basically they are experimental paintings like this one that I then grid out and cut up in order to give each person I meet a piece of actual art. I've been doing this for over a year, although I've not yet uploaded any of the BC images here, until this one. This is my BC 050510, which means 'business cards May 5th 2010', each individual card is always numbered so if someone somehow collected them all at some point they could reassemble them. Will any be? I doubt it, but that isn't really the point, its a physical piece of art for the recipient, and this set is being created for the Artrages 2010 event that I am going to this weekend in Boston.

Now the piece in itself:
This is the image that has been stuck in my mind over the past days since I've learned of the massive oil spill from an off shore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently the damage is expected to exceed the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska from 21 years ago, an ecosystem which is still not fully recovered. This spill is a death sentence to life in that area, not only the creatures of the ocean but the people who make a living as fishermen, the beaches who cater to tourists, and the business that is brought into communities through the food and recreation of those areas, it is all in extreme danger.
Besides the loss of jobs in an already struggling economy, the loss of lives as food and habitat are poisoned by a fossil fuel that we as a civilization should no longer be reliant on. There are wars fought over this black crud that spews from the ground, people die by the hundreds, yet oil companies still drill at Gaia, our Earth, our mother, in search of this relic of the dinosaurs. Why are we still reliant upon that which kills so many? If the pursuit of oil profits was put aside, we'd have long surpassed the need for crude oil. If companies and the fat cats at the wheel were not so intent on drilling for money, then we would not be stuck in what is at this point a dark aged resources hunt.
In my eyes, allowing this course of action to continue has all of us saying the same thing, and that is "fuck you nature, we'd rather kill the very planet and life beneath our feet and around us, then to change our ways and find alternatives."
I ask that we all, myself included, seek new ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, take a bus, or subway instead of your car, or at least carpool. Ride a bike, walk, flap your arms and fly. Do something, and maybe we can change the overall message that we are allowing to continue. Dont stand by and let this continue, voice your concerns and disagreements, and let us all work toward a better tomorrow, together.
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:iconstruggles4:
Struggles4 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Great reminder to mankind.  Like the way your mind works.
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FH7publishing Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Great clouds. 
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TheMistWhistler Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm crying, but, seriously everyone in the whole wide world needs to see this.
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DIA-Operative Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! oil is old news! time for something newer and cleaner, an to me these spills and other environmental disasters just prove that free capitalism will never work and that we need more environmental laws
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Nijika Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
truly brilliant!!!
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just brilliantly done. You've displayed what i was thinking well.
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Striking and well done ! :clap:
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DexTheSpoonyOne Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Fuck you WHALE!!!!
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Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Yep, pretty much covers it :(
It's so sad that the human race keeps fucking up so badly that we need to produce this kind of art to try to change the way we treat the world :(
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MeruMaru234 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I really loved the way you painted this! Also I agree on the line "Do something, and maybe we can change the overall message that we are allowing to continue. Dont stand by and let this continue, voice your concerns and disagreements, and let us all work toward a better tomorrow, together." The earth really needs people who are creative and brave like you!! Keep it up!! >.<
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Vegan33 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't get the Sense when you say Fuck Nature, because your Art seems to support Nature...
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
It's a comment on the way that our actions as a culture and consumer nation show that we don't really care about what dangers we are posing to the environment.
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Vegan33 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, this is a Great Message for this Piece.
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Asari-are-hot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
The picture shows how the world seems to care more about money than lives.

This kind of greed is everywhere, the greed will be the death of the entire planet.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Agreed, hopefully enough people speaking out against such greed and actions can change the tide of things though.
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iceire Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Well written and brilliant but sad drawing.
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:iconjgroeling:
JGroeling Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thank you, was a sad thing to represent.
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Aquitius Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Writer
You've been featured here: [link]

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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you very much for the feature.
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fight4watsright Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
uld is dieng for the sake of money ur art depicte it greatly. our brotherin are deing and very few of us can still hear nature. and thos eof us who hear ti must be its voice as well
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you for your comment. What each of us can do it work toward listening and helping to heal as best we can. If enough people start doing what is right, maybe we can counteract all the harm that has been done to our world.
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fight4watsright Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
i rather hope so but doing wat weve been told by nature is sumtimes difficult. just wish more could ehar and see the real world for wat it is v.v i cry for it
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
crying doesn't help either, I think everyone needs to do at least a little bit to get things on the right track.
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fight4watsright Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
agree 100 %
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MaxHD2490 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
if that be any better there's a chance BP might get bankruptcy and also the "We are living in an era where there is no such thing as too big to fail" quote while I was browsing around.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
I refuse to buy anything from BP ever again. I still think it is ridiculous of them that instead of taking on all the help that they could from every group of conservation minded people, oceanographers, scientists, and even other companies. All help turned down so that they could take "sole responsibility" of the cleanup, what a load of crap.
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MaxHD2490 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
its to bad I don't remember any BP gas stations in the rio grande valley area where I used come from (there are Exxon stations but thats a different story) and never in my life never heard of BP until the oil spill (or possibly Oil refinly explosion in Tx as closest to remember).

I bet the BP HQ in London isn't happy about Oil spill in the gulf since the american branch is the scapegoat of the mess they made and add to insult their stocks fell quite hard from what I heard.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
when it all boils down to what your stocks are worth as opposed to how screwed the ecosystem is going to be for who knows how long,... thats when its capitalism and no longer anything with a heart or a soul. meh, I only know of a few BPs near where I live, and I used to frequent one of them before this mess went down.
The worse part of that is although I want to boycott the local locations, I know its not the corporate offices I'm hurting with that. Its local business owners who bought into a franchise.... urg.
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Dontheunsane Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Totally agree with your sentiments, the pursuit of more and more money by a very small percentage of the population is totally destroying this world we depend on for our very existance.
How many governments refues to adopt more sustainable industry or place restrictions on environmentally destructive industries for the reason that it would be bad for the economy? How many destructive depelopments get the green light because of those words, "Good for the economy?"
How many inventions have been quashed because they would be bad for profits?
I recently read an engineer's report where the engineer stated that the old Model T Ford gave better fuel economy than its modern, high-teck counterpart. You hear of carbies/fuel induction systems invented by private citizens that returned 75 to 100 miles per galon but during the forties through to late fifties the big car manufacturers with their better facilities pushed this to over 200MPG in the heavy, large sized American cars of that period. Just think of what that would do to reducing environmental damage never mind the other inventions that didn't even require oil based fuel.
Man is called Homo sapiens sapiens - the wise wise man but what other species totally destroyes its environment for something as meaningless as profit - man is the only animal smart enough to committ auto-genicide for convenience and money. That would make man about the most stupid animal on the planet, not the smartest.
I believe oil has been obsolete for at least 60 years from some things I have read about and confirm were not just the ravings of a fanatic, probably somewhat longer.
Great hard hitting art, hope it is good enough to make even just one person stop and think.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you for your long thoughtful response on my work. I apologize for the delayed reply, been a bit busy.

Government and money are two things that go hand in hand, but at some times I feel should be separated like church and state. When lobbyists for a certain company (usually oil companies it seems) start lining the pockets of those in political office to get their way, then things that are important get sidelined in preference of following greed. Believe me, I understand the need to keep the economy in good standing, however when the sacrifice to keep the cash flowing is the health and safety of not only the people living in areas, but the very source of all life on this planet, the ecosystem of mother nature. That is beyond unacceptable.

There was a story some years ago about a man who had designed a car that could run off of water, yes water. He was trying to find a water based solution for engine lubricant at the time and was being harassed by a number of big name automotive companies and even oil companies to sell them his original and all copyright and schematics. I've not heard anything further about him so I dont know if he did or didn't, but if big auto and/or oil had access to a water powered car, that would definitely never see the light of day until they had exhausted all the natural resources that they could and squeezed every last drop of profitable material from the Earth.

As far as what man is called "homo sapiens sapiens", I think that no longer applies, the classification of animals and man was created in a time when the philosophers and scientists still felt that man was the divine descendant on earth, and that we were the center of the universe. That name is nothing more then pompous ego, and most definitely does not hold true to current state of humanity as a whole.

Anyway, Thank you again for your response. I too also hope that some will see the piece and it will strike home and make even a single soul re-evaluate their view toward money and the pursuit of it in this world.
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Jenriann87 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
before reading what you wrote, at first glance I thought this was a modern representation of Moby Dick
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:iconjgroeling:
JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
hahaha, I could see that as well, thanks.
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sad topic, but great painting!
- specially the dollar on the dead body...
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:iconjgroeling:
JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
sad but true. Glad you enjoyed the visual.
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Oxyvia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
It's horror. Very good work. Congratulations.
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:iconjgroeling:
JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you.
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Leptospyrra Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love this idea... You really gave the interpretation of the suffering in this situation with oil in the sea... Sad, but people dont know how much they depend from Mother Nature.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
It is sad, and as much as this terrible occurrence may have made some people rethink the way they live in the interest of being more on balance with nature... I feel that many people already see this as something in the past and not affecting them in any way shape or form. The sad truth is that as much as BP may claim that they are doing all they can to clear those waters and conserve the environment, the truth is that the chemicals that they have been using to combat the spill, as well as the oil and residuals of it in the water, will affect life there for generations to come.

Thank you for your response, and live every tomorrow better then every yesterday.
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Leptospyrra Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Seems like we share a lots of thoughts together... I believe that there is so much of people thinking like us, and something has to turn right :)
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
at some point I hope that will be the case. If its in the works it seems a long way off.
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Leptospyrra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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Sinister-Sweet Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   General Artist
Great painting, though frightening and sad. I agree with you about what we are doing to the planet. We are basically saying "F**k you, nature" everyday we refuse to change. It is frightening to realize what we will lose if we keep it up. For example, when you go to Alaska, you can see how much the glaciers have receded away after these years of global warming. And why don't we do anything about it? Because of money, money, money...

"O shame, where is thy blush?" -Hamlet.

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JGroeling Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
That is exactly what this piece is about. Refusal to change our ways. Aside from just Alaska and the glaciers and water levels rising as the ice caps disappear, how many ecosystems and living creatures, animal and human, will be harmed by the catastrophe that is the BP oil spill. The Gulf of Mexico is going to be a toxic body of water for generations, who knows the overwhelming damage that will result from this. I fear that all the world's oceans will be affected by the damage that is increasing daily.
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Sinister-Sweet Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   General Artist
There will certainly be some repercussions around the world because of this. It's more than just the big animals like whales or birds that people think about. There are also many kinds of fish that provide food for species that could be toxic and potentially harm their predators if they eat them too.

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JGroeling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
According to BP, all the chemicals that they are dumping that dissolve the crude oil from the water are completely safe and wont harm the environment or ecosystems at all..... and as we all know BP is a very reliable source of true information....

Yeah I think that the gulf is going to have many problems over the next many many years, and we will likely see some increase in the diseases and cancers that afflict those living off those waters.
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dannyfaria Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student General Artist
very amazing.. and nice concept :) ;)
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JGroeling Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Thank you.
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dannyfaria Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
you are welcome.. :)
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TelhuTehFlyinWolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
It's sad that in today's world, while many leaders know they should help, the main interest, in bigm bloodred letters, is MONEY. It obscures our view from what must be done to help our fellow creatures. To think that so much could be ruined over a piece of paper that represents a shiny rock.
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JGroeling Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Nowadays it isn't even a piece of paper, its a number in the data banks of a computer. Whoever has the biggest number wins. What this issue needs to be resolved, more then money right away is people of action willing to do what needs to be done as quickly as possible.
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