Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Awesome artist profile - Chris Jordan

I decided to start a new recurring series on this blog, profiling cool artists I stumble across. Today's awesome artist is Chris Jordan. His series "Running with Numbers I and II" bring statistics into perspective. For instance, did you know that two million plastic bottles are used the United States every five minutes? It is an astronomical number, impossible to fathom. And here they are:

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And fully zoomed in, what you would see if you were looking at it in person (yes, this pictures is this huge, 60x120") :

Here is another one called "Prison Uniforms". It's measures 10 x 23 feet and depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of American incarcerated in 2005.

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"Cans Seurat", 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

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His 2009 work, "Gyre", is an 8x11 foot print that shows 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour.

I encourage you to go to his website, http://www.chrisjordan.com and check out more of Jordan's work. Technically impressive, it is both awe inspiring and completely terrifying. I dare you to look at his plastic bag piece and not switch to reusable bags immediately (if you haven't already. And if you haven't, why on earth not????)

1 comment:

Spatula said...

Oh wow. Thank you for posting that. Somehow, when I look at the bottles, I am appropriately horrified, but a part of me also says, "Pssst. They are beautiful."