Intolerable Beauty: The Art of Mass Consumption
Chris Jordan’s photographic work is featured in this month's issue of Good magazine. His work focuses on consumerism, and it’s true: a picture is worth a thousand words. He has a show of his opening up in New York City this week.
Chassis Yard #1, Seattle 2003
In his own words:
“The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.
“As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action. So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake."
e-Bank, Tacoma 2004
The first solo exhibit of Running The Numbers opens this week, Thursday June 14th, 6-8pm, at the Von Lintel Gallery, 555 West 25th Street in the Chelsea section of New York City. Chris will be at the gallery from 4:00 onward on Thursday, and the show itself will run until the end of July. If you're in the neghborhood or in town, take some time to explore it this summer.