Gallery: Chris Jordan Creates Beauty from E-Waste


Circuit boards, Atlanta 2004

Digital artist Chris Jordan knows how to turn e-trash into photographic treasure. His large-scale images of massive amounts of statistically-inspired refuse make it all too clear just how big a problem consumer waste is. His work, which features objects from Barbies and plastic bags to e-waste and shipping containers, brings to light a tough dichotomy, presenting our gluttonous existence as consumers in a beautiful medium. He’ll be keynoting our Greener Gadgets Conference on Friday, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say.

Cell phone chargers, Atlanta 2004

In his most recent exhibition, Running the Numbers, Jordan looks at contemporary American culture through “the austere lens of statistics.” Each image notes a staggering statistic, and portrays a large quantity of something (i.e. 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the USA every day). The image makes the statistic real, almost impressionistic in style, as it appears simple or monotone from afar but detailed up close (see the zoomed images of batteries and cell phones below). “The underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming,” he says.

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  1. will kennedy December 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

    WOW really liked the creations on this site / i’m an artist that makes artworks-stuff from stuff i find in the street see web site / / check site to see some of my art works / creations /my stuff etc it’s difficult to tell people when i’m asked what my art looks like – so i say i work from found material from the street / regards will kennedy

  2. Inhabitat » The P... August 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    […] Among the 18 finalists are some of our favorite eco artists like Edward Burtynsky, David Maisel, Chris Jordan, Reza Deghati and Roman […]

  3. Jordan February 9, 2008 at 5:48 am

    In 2006 I was able to visit a gallery in Seattle (Photographic Center North West) for school and view / listen to Chris Jordan talk about his work. It was fairly interesting

  4. Kate Andrews February 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Its the Pollock of the 21st Century – Unbelieveable images [and somewhat embarrassing].

  5. Lau February 1, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Amazing, but I do feel a little sick to my stomach

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