Chris Jordan

Running the Numbers
An American Self-Portrait

Von Lintel Gallery, New York City (June 14 to July 30)

"This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year..."---Chris Jordan, Seattle, 2007

1 comment:

Jon said...

Last weekend I was at a beach near our city... after few minutes I couldn't stand it any more and grabbed our bright yellow IKEA shopping bag (great for beach gear) and proceeded to pick up all the trash in our immediate area. The end result looked predominately like the last picture. But I hope my action was contagious.