A series of work by Seattle based artist Chris Jordan looking at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use) and so on. This work is based on the famous painting by Georges Seurat, ‘Sunday Afternoon at the Grande Jatte’ (1884). It is constructed out of 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the USA every thirty seconds. Seurat was a Pointillist painter and as well as effectively commenting on our consumerist society, the use of cans is very clever in emphasising the method of colour mixing employed by painters of this movement.
More images … (site regularly updated by the artist)
The series of images can be seen at the Von Lintel Gallery, New York until the end of July 2007.
Source: Malcolm Chamberlain’s blog