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Waste, beautifully depicted

I'm not entirely sure what to make of artist Chris Jordan's work, "Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait". Jordan depicts, in a fascinating, repetitive, graphic form, the level of material waste in American life. Some of the representations form pictures, some are just vast "white noise" non-images that only reveal their content on close-up examination.

On the one hand, the work is visually arresting, quite beautiful, thought-provoking, and disturbing--all good qualities in art.

On the other hand, it's a work about waste that is, itself, really huge, requiring a lot of space and materials and light and stuff to show.

On balance, I think the art and its message wins. Be sure to check out the boobs.

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emeraldsedai
May. 2nd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought the same thing. Sobering. Chastising. Even scolding. And yet beautiful.
skripka
May. 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wow.
emeraldsedai
May. 2nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yup. That was, in essence, my own reaction.
vchrusch
May. 2nd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing him on the Colbert Report last year. It's art that makes you think.
emeraldsedai
May. 2nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
It does that. Sure got me thinking about the plastic bottles I've "recycled" over the last few years!
roseambr
May. 2nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a little frightening to even contemplate putting one of those together. They are each mind blowing in their own way. And when he is done with the art think of all of that going into land fills! Yickes! Of course, the Painkiller piece would sell to a junkie in a flash! (Hee)
emeraldsedai
May. 2nd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I found it really thought-provoking. I've already abandoned the use of disposable bags, and have spent a happy hour here at work exploring the world of furoshiki, the Japanese art of using a big old square of cloth to wrap anything. A.K.A., bandana bundles. There are some cool ideas from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment here, and I'm looking forward to trying some of them.
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