Running the Numbers : an American Self-Portrait

08/15/2007 10:59 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Artist Chris Jordan‘s photos speak volumes. In Jordan’s own words, the photographs portray “contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics.”

Many of the images portray a specific quantity of something Americans consume: 8 million toothpicks, representing the number of trees harvested in the US every month to make the paper for mail order catalogs; 106,000 aluminum cans, reflecting “thirty seconds of can consumption,” according to Jordan. The image above, for example, is a portion of Jordan’s image of 426,000 cell phones, which he says is “equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.”

This series will be exhibited at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, opening Sep 8. More info at

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