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Chris Jordan: Intolerable Beauty: Facing the Mirror of Mass Consumption

28-04-2015 - 09-05-2015


28 April- 9 May 2015
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert St, Richmond, VIC 3121
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Tel. (03) 9421 0857

“In my fifteen-odd years of peering into the depths of human consumerism, I have come to believe we are experiencing a slow-motion apocalypse. I am appalled by the destructive power of our collective unconscious, and yet also drawn toward it with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.

The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to the web of life, and to our individual spirits.

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



Getting there:
Train Stop: East Richmond Railway Station
Tram Stop: Trams 78 and 79, Stop 55 Gibbons St/Church St
Bike route: Yes!
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 Map reference: 21


Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert St
Richmond, 3121 Australia
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