I keep finding more and more artists devoting themselves to projects whose subject matter has to do with our environment and natural habitats. Let's keep track of these unusual and interesting art pieces here.

Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson, an earthwork made of basalt rocks and earth found on-site in 1970. The coil, which extends from the shore, is 15-feet wide and 1500-feet long.

The pinkish hue is caused by salt-loving bacteria that thrive in the extremely salty water, which is up to 8 times greater than the salinity of seawater.

Chris Jordan :: Running the Numbers

by Chris Jordan
posted Apr 14, 2008 - YES!

Chris Jordan's images make the huge waste streams of our consumer culture visible in dazzling ways. This photo essay shows recent works of Chris Jordan from his Running the Numbers and Intolerable Beauty series.

“As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action.

So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake.”

Chris Jordan Bio

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Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed photographic artist whose work explores the detritus of American mass culture. His work is exhibited widely in the US and Europe, and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, weblogs, documentary films and television programs all over the globe. Prints of Chris’ work are held in more than two hundred public and private collections worldwide.

His newest series, titled “Running the Numbers,” depicts the staggering statistics that define American culture, in huge intricately detailed panels as large as thirty feet wide. These huge works invite the viewer to walk up close and see every detail as a symbol of the crucial role of the individual in hypermodern society.

See his work at www.chrisjordan.com

Click on the thumbnails below to see a sample of Chris Jordan's work.


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Bearing Witness: Chris Jordan on Art, Grief, and Transformation

Photographer Chris Jordan's latest project left him feeling grief andhopelessness. Now he wants more people to discover how productive thoseemotions can be.


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Robocheetah: Andrew Chase's Mechanical Menagerie

Posted on: March 29, 2010 6:35 AM, by Jessica Palmer

Chase's mechanical sculptures have way more personality than metal should. The soulful eyes of his elephants and giraffes could reflect some futuristic world in which extinct flesh-and-blood animals have been (inadequately) replaced with patchwork gestures at nature. Or perhaps they look lonely because they're intimidated by the flesh-and-blood inspirations of which they are ingenious, but dead, replicas.

Frankly, I don't know what fascinating storyline Andrew Chase has in mind - all I know is I want someone to make a movie from it immediately. Like Wall-E crossed with the Lion King, but please have Tim Burton direct it so it's all dark and steampunky. Thank you.

See all of Andrew Chase's wonderful work HERE. His work is shown at NDI gallery.

Via lots of places, most notably Daily Art Muse.



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