Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait

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This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics tend to feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or $12.5 million spent every hour on the Iraq war. Also via MeFi.

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February 28, 2007 at 6:18 pm

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  1. […] whose fantastic “Running the Numbers” series on American consumerism you may have seen before, talks to the New York Review of Books about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the sad photos he […]


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