Photographer Chris Jordan has gained a national reputation for his images of our waste and overconsumption. He's also documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and he has a new show that just opened at Pacific Science Center ("Running the Numbers"). Tonight, his work will be featured at 8 p.m. on the Sundance Channel's Big Ideas for a Small Planet series. The episode highlights several artists whose work addresses environmental themes.
As Jordan told our Sue Peters a few years back, "The tension ... in my work between beauty and the not-so-beautiful is intentional. I attempt to use beauty as a tool for seduction, to draw the viewer into territory they might otherwise be reluctant to enter. The underlying message in my work is not so pleasant, and to get it requires self-reflection and the overcoming of denial."