Summer is coming to an end, the Park Pictures Deadline is upon us, and it’s the last day for this Intern.
It’s been an amazing experience writing for the NCMA Park Pictures blog, and I am so excited to see all the amazing works that are being submitted. While I could talk about what this has meant to me, what the experience has taught me, or why this blog is awesome, I thought I’d leave you with some more food for thought.
This blog, and especially the theme of consumerism has really opened my thinking. Art that engages the idea of consumerism, as well as the overall impact it has on our daily lives, is astounding. It’s something I feel doesn’t always get noticed, until someone points it out. The photographer Brian Ulrich has been focusing on consumerism since 2001. And he’s not the only one. We’ve featured art by Ai Weiwei, Scott Blake, Dennis Darzacq, Lydia Anne McCarthy, and even past winners, Cindy Kohnen and Isaiah Johnson. Next year, the blog could be featuring some of your work!
And here is one more artist for you, Seattle based artist, Chris Jordan.
“Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who is best known for his large scale works depicting mass consumption and waste, particularly garbage. He has been called “the ‘it’ artist of the green movement”- According to his Wiki page
Three Second Meditation, 2001, Chris Jordan
In order to get the full affect of this work, visit his website. This one alone, features “9,960 mail order catalogs that is equal to the average number of junk mail printed, shipped, and disposed of in the US every 3 seconds.” On the site, there are several other images including a reproduction of Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte made out of bottle caps. You can click on the image and zoom in to see the material in detail.
While Jordan is again only one example of an artist that has taken the idea of consumerism and turned it into art, their are many more, including yourselves! So keep looking, keep examining, and keep inspiring.
Park Pictures Deadline, August 31st. See the our Guidelines Page for more details.