Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who is best known for his large-scale works depicting mass consumption and waste, particularly garbage.
Many of Jordan's works are created from photographs of garbage, a serendipitous technique that started when he visited an industrial yard to look at patterns of color and order. His industrious passion for conservation and awareness has brought much attention to his photography in recent years. Jordan uses everyday commonalities such as a plastic cup and defines the blind unawareness involved in American consumerism. His work, while often unsettling, is a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, leaving it to the viewer to draw conclusions about the inevitable consequences, which will arise from our habits.
I first learned about the large-scale work of Chris Jordan a few years ago from a TV documentary. His photographs are amazing. His art is about mass consumption, and his photos are made up of a staggering number of objects. The image shows you what a million of this or that looks like. Not only are his images striking, but they make an impact by showing us, the viewer concepts that are hypothetical and abstract which we cannot really understand until he makes it visible and also giving us a sense of scale. If you take some time to look at his work, read the descriptions as well. The works are both shocking and beautiful at the same time.
I have found myself lately spending a lot of time in junkyards, auto yards and recycling centers, and I am always aware of Jordan’s works. Seeing our excesses and waste through the vision of his eyes gives a whole new meaning to “mass(ive) consumption, in a throw away society.
Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait
(2006 - 2009)
Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture
(2009 - 2011)
Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption
(2003 - 2005)
I’m posting two images for this “Homage” to Chris Jordan.