Chris Jordan at SFU: An American Self-Portrait (of consumerism)

Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds

Dave Ng loves Chris Jordan, and so do I.  Lucky for us, his series, “An American Self-Portrait“, a visual investigation of American “statistical” life, will be on view at SFU in early November.  More below:

SFU Gallery, Burnaby Campus
November 6 to December 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday November 6, 2-5 pm

Chris Jordan is a Seattle-based photographer who quantifies consumption via images that reveal exactly how many products are bought or discarded in a given period of time, a minute, an hour, a day or a year. His photograph titled Plastic Bottles, for instance, depicts, as stated in its subtitle “two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”

A brochure with texts by Lucy Lippard and Bill Jeffries is available at the exhibition. Copies of Jordan’s book Running the Numbers, an American Self-portrait , published by Prestel, are available for purchase.

Opening Reception: Saturday November 6, 3-5 pm.  Lunchtime talks on the exhibition: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9 and 10, 12:05 and 12:35. Thursday and Friday, 18 and 19, 12:05 and 12:35.

“Running the Numbers” is presented in collaboration with WINSOR GALLERY

SFU Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 12 – 5pm. Closed Saturday on public holiday weekends

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