January 24, 2011
Artist and former corporate attorney Chris Jordan to discuss his works at Oregon Law Jan. 26
Presentation will explore artist's latest works depicting mass consumerism, transition from lawyer to artist
Seattle-based artist and former corporate attorney Chris Jordan perhaps is best known for his large-scale works depicting mass consumption and its effects on the world. Jordan bases his pieces on actual statistics of human consumption. For example, Jordan created a piece based on George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon in the Park,” but made with recycled objects, in this case, 100,000 aluminum soda cans. Another work, from a distance depicts a bamboo forest, but as individuals get move closer to the piece, they see that the bamboo is made up of individual brown paper grocery bags stacked one on another, actually 1.14 million supermarket bags, the number used in the U.S. every hour. Symbolically, his works represent the effects of the individual on the totality.
Jordan’s talk at Oregon Law will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 110 Knight Law Center. During his talk, Jordan will explore the topics of consumption and waste in America, educating the public through art, and shifting careers from corporate lawyer to artist. Jordan’s work currently is on display at the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through April 10, 2011.