Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers
Exploring the detritus of American mass culture, Jordan’s photographs depict staggering statistics through intricately detailed large-scale panels. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: 15 million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (30 seconds of can consumption), 100 million toothpicks (the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail), or 38,000 shipping containers (the number of containers processed through American ports every 12 hours).
“Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming,” said Jordan in a 2008 artist’s statement.
Chris Jordan attended law school and worked as a lawyer for 10 years before quitting to become a full-time photographer. He has exhibited across the United States and in Spain, Italy and Ireland. Books of his work include IN KATRINA’S WAKE: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster (2006) and Running the Numbers (2009).
Jordan will give a talk about his work on Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Sharpless Auditorium of Haverford’s Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC). The gallery will remain open until 9:30 p.m. on this evening.
Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers has been organized and distributed by the Museum of Art/Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
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