by Jen Graves
on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM
In this week's paper I write about Chris Jordan, a Seattle artist—maybe the most popular artist in Seattle, in fact—and an environmental activist who sometimes finds those two pursuits in conflict. He's also, as you'll read, sort of battling for his own soul.
Jordan creates his works by taking photographs of objects—say, bits of plastic—and then putting together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of those small photographs in Photoshop. The resulting images are circulated largely on computer screens, too.
A whole slideshow of his works is on the story page, where there's already a comment thread underway. The first commenter writes, "i dub him captain obvious." Decide for yourself. Story here, Jordan's own site here.
This is his newest work, just completed today.
Gyre, 2009, 8x11 feet in three panels Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic that enter the world’s oceans every hour. The plastic in this piece was collected from the Pacific Ocean.