Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Masses --> Making art with what's left of the evidence.

This image and all others in this blog entry have been taken from Chris Jordan's website:

I want to thank Suzi Martin for pointing this man's work out to me. An Minneapolis College of Art and Design BS/VIS student. Watch out for those kids - what they are learning is going to have them taking over the world one day (*and for the better) .

Thank you LouAnne and Jeff for sending me this quote from this same artist!!!  the Universe converged on good art!
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~cj, October 2009

Chris Jordan makes work from mass residue (*like our masses of plastic waste from the ocean to using sharks' teeth from slaughtered sharks and using them to accumulate into images of sharks he's created. This image was created with 1000s of pieces of plastic trash collected from the ocean.

Gyre, 2009
8x11 feet, in three vertical panels
by Chris Jordan "Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean".

Shark Teeth, 2009
64x94"; based on a watercolor painting by Sarah Waller
"Depicts 270,000 fossilized shark teeth, equal to the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins."

 Here's the work that shocked me his "Message from the Gyre" work

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