04 February 2008

Chris Jordan's 'Intolerable Beauty'

Cell phone chargers, Atlanta 2004 I never expected to like Chris Jordan, but I do. His work is current, terrifying - probably taking what Koyaanisqatsi deals with a step further. I think it's an example of really good 'political' (for lack of a better word, really) art and I find such art quite necessary. Circuit boards, Atlanta 2004 Scrap Metal, Seattle 2003
"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."

- Chris Jordan in his artist statement for Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption
Spent bullet casings, 2005 Chassis Yard #2, Tacoma 2004
"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."

- Chris Jordan in his artist statement for Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption
Grain silo, Seattle 2004

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