Running the Numbers

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Chris Jordan: Shipping Containers, 2007
Shipping Containers, 2007. Depicts 38,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every twelve hours.

Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books.