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.
“Jordan’s large-scale color photographs portray the detritus of American consumption. Gaining access to some of the country’s largest industrial waste facilities, Jordan photographs the refuse of consumer culture (e.g., diodes, cell phone chargers, cigarette butts, circuit boards) on an immense scale. Spanning up to ten feet wide, Jordan’s prints are at once abstract and detailed.
The frequent use of distorted perspective, repeating forms, and disorienting scale help create the illusion of abstract landscapes. A pile of sawdust appears to be a massive mountain; an endless expanse of circuit boards looks like an aerial view of a dark city. In some instances, Jordan has located specific discarded objects at waste facilities and photographed them on location. In other instances, the artist has created elaborate sets, which are then photographed in his studio. Some images are constructed from multiple 8×10-inch negatives that the artist has digitally interlaced into a single image”.
Chris Jordan has exhibited in galleries across the US and even in Second Life.