Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Time Out for an Art Break

Wandering through mental_floss again, I came across this post for a gallery showing which remarkably is less than a block away from my current working situation. I'm kicking myself now that I let time expire while being so close to the exhibition, especially after catching an article about the installation in Utne this month. The Paul Kopeikin Gallery sponsored a showing of artist Chris Jordan's new installment "Running the Numbers". Awesome... I mean, to borrow the classic adage, I don't know art, but I know what I like, and these works are amazing. Each piece from a distance is it's own work of art, but lean closer to see the intricate details- row upon row of children's building blocks which are actually there to represent the 9 million children without health insurance. Or line after line equaling 65,000 cigarettes, the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month. Or 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day. Each piece he has constructed from close up photographs and digitally replicated to create a visual puzzle that makes you look closer and think deeper. (The photo here is a partial zoom for the work "Cell Phones", click the photo for sharper detail)

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