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Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait

Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who is best known for his large scale works depicting consumerism in the United States.

Jordan was born to artist parents. He attended law school "for all the wrong reasons" and spent ten years working as a lawyer thereafter, while spending all his free time and money on photography. After ten years of practicing law, he quit to become a photographer full-time.


Barbie Dolls, 2008


Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.


Handguns, 2007 


Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.


Skull With Cigarette, 2007  [based on a painting by Van Gogh] 


Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months.


Constitution, 2008 

8 x 25 feet in five panels

Depicts 83,000 Abu Ghraib prisoner photographs, equal to the number of people who have been arrested and held at US-run detention facilities with no trial or other due process of law, during the Bush Administration's war on terror.


Plastic Bottles, 2007 


Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.


Cans Seurat, 2007 


Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.


More Of his Work... 

Many of his works are created from photographs of garbage, a serendipitous technique which started when he visited an industrial yard to look at patterns of color and order.

Jordan's shows have included In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster, Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption and Running The Numbers, graphical depictions of statistics from American consumer society...


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Chris Jordan at Von Lintel Gallery - June 14, 2007



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