Artist/Photog Chris Jordan At Woodmont Library Tonight

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Seattle-based Environmental Artist/Photographer Chris Jordan will be speaking tonight (Thursday, Nov. 13th at 7pm) at the Woodmont Branch of the King County Library, located at 26809 Pacific Highway South in Des Moines (phone: 253-839-0121).

Chris Jordan uses digital photography to look at contemporary American culture and consumerism in his current series, Running the Numbers. Jordan will talk about his work, with special attention to his piece Paper Bags 2007, recently installed at the Woodmont Library.

Jordan’s work has been featured on The Colbert Report, Rachel Ray, and Bill Moyers Journal, and you can view some of his amazing work here.

The following quote is from Jordan’s website,

Running the Numbers 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, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

Here’s a video about Chris that shows the whys, hows and whats of his truly impressive work:

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