Chris Jordan at SFU: An American Self-Portrait (of consumerism)
Plastic Bags, 2007 60×72″
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