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Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II

Winsor Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 7-31, 2009

Chris Jordan, Shark Teeth

Chris Jordan, Shark Teeth (2009), photo illustration, detail view of 270,000 fossilized shark teeth used to depict the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 7-31]

Chris Jordan, Tuna

Chris Jordan, Tuna, 2009, photo illustration, depicts 250,000 tuna, the average number of tuna fished from the world’s oceans every 15 minutes. [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 7-31]

Chris Jordan, Packing Peanuts

Chris Jordan, Packing Peanuts, 2009, photo illustration, depicts 166,000 packing peanuts, equal to the number of overnight packages shipped by air in the US every hour. [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 7-31]

Chris Jordan, Shark Teeth

Chris Jordan, Shark Teeth (2009), photo illustration, view of 270,000 fossilized shark teeth used to depict the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 7-31]

Chris Jordan's photographs are shocking to the point where they are almost incomprehensible. The Seattle-based artist creates enormous photo-illustrations (up to six by twelve feet) that depict, in excruciating detail, such statistics as the number of plastic beverage bottles used in only five minutes in the United States (two million) or the number of cell phones retired daily in the States (426,000). Seeing these figures spelled out in actual photographs of two million bottles or 426,000 cell phones, make the sheer magnitude of the consumer goods disposed of every year almost unimaginable. To say that his work is effective and thought-provoking is an understatement.

Once a corporate lawyer, Jordan is now a consumer advocate of an unprecedented kind. In 2009, his massive mandala E. Pluribus Unum depicted the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous cultures. Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture (2009) depicts mass phenomena that occur on a global scale.

In the past year, his work has been shown at the Washington State University Art Museum; the San Antonio Public Library and Southwest School of Art and Craft, Texas; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; Ithaca College, New York; Field Museum, Chicago; Deutsche Bank Gallery, New York; Austin Museum of Art; and the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona, to name just a few US locations. Internationally, his work has been shown in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Monaco, England, Ireland, and Norway. Jordan is the author of IN KATRINA'S WAKE, Portraits of Loss from An Unnatural Disaster (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006), and Chris Jordan, Intolerable Beauty (self-published, February 2005).

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Mia Johnson




Chris Jordan, Toothpicks

Chris Jordan, Toothpicks, 2008, photo illustration, depicts 100 million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the US yearly to make the paper for junk mail.


 Tue, Apr 14, 2009