Chris Jordan – Running the Numbers, An American Self-Portrait

Chris Jordan

Plastic Bags, 2007, 60×72″ archival inkjet print, Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.

Chris Jordan

Detail at actual size

“This new series 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 only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images.”

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