Chris Jordan’s focus on American consumerism has made him a powerful visual force in the battle to better our perspective about our consumerist culture, and now he’s turned his attention on our collective health with his ‘Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait‘ series. Using statistics, Jordan has used his typically large canvas to his advantage; highlighting the state of things via physical representation of the often nebulous statistics we are bombarded with.
For instance, the piece ‘Building Blocks’ is a 16×32 feet wall comprised of 9 million building and letter blocks, corresponding with the number of uninsured children in America during 2007. It’s one thing to read that number in the paper. It’s another to see it displayed in front of you.
‘Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait’ will be on display at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Seattle through October 20th.