Saturday, 25 April 2009

Chris Jordan

Running the Numbers
An American Self-Portrait


Oil Barrels, 2008
"Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river)."

Detail at actual print size:


Skull With Cigarette, 2007 [based on a painting by Van Gogh] 98X72"
"Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months."

Detail at actual print size:


Constitution, 2008 8 x 25 feet in five panels
"Depicts 83,000 Abu Ghraib prisoner photographs, equal to the number of people who have been arrested and held at US-run detention facilities with no trial or other due process of law, during the Bush Administration's war on terror."

Partial zoom:

zoomed in closer:


Running the Numbers II
Portraits of Global Mass Culture


Gyre, 2009 8x11 feet, in three vertical panels
"Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean."
Partial zoom:

Zoomed in further:

Detail of the top of Mt. Fuji:


Intolerable Beauty
Portraits of American Mass Consumption


Cell phones #2, Atlanta 2005 44 x 90"


Cigarette butts, 2005 5 x 10 feet



Crushed cars #2, Tacoma 2004 44x62"


Recycling Yard #6, Seattle 2004 44x59"


Source: Chris Jordan

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