Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington. Many of Jordan’s works are created from photographs of garbage and mass consumption, a serendipitous technique which started when he visited an industrial yard to look at patterns of color and order. Jordan uses everyday commonalities such as a plastic cup and defines the blind unawareness involved in American consumerism. His work, while often unsettling, is a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, leaving it to the viewer to draw conclusions about the inevitable consequences which will arise from our habits. His collections include Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster, Running The Numbers I: An American Self Portrait, Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture, and Midway: Message from the Gyre.
Both of Chris Jordan’s parents were artists; he grew up around photographs, paintings, and art books. He ended up in law school “for all the wrong reasons,” and soon thereafter developed Continue reading