Sunday, September 30, 2007

Same-Day Registration now in NC!

If you have not registered yet don't worry you
still can and vote in the October 9th elections!

For a list of City Council candidates
came up with a nice list equipped with info --
October 9 General Election

Monday, September 17, 2007

Raleigh is getting cooler!

Raleigh has decided to become cool by going "green." In August Raleigh committed to the Cool Cities campaign. By increasing recycling efforts and expanding gasoline-alternative vehicles the city will begin to reduce their carbon footprint. Congratulations to the N.C. Sierra Club for working with the city to make Raleigh a better place to live.

Raleigh called cool in fight against warming

Raleigh Cool Cities Event Wrap Up

Running The Numbers: An American Self-Portrait

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 can 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 426,000 cell phones retired every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. My underlying desire is to affirm and sanctify the crucial role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.
My only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images. Hopefully the JPEGs displayed here might be enough to arouse your curiosity to attend an exhibition, or to arrange one if you are in a position to do so. The series is a work in progress, and new images will be posted as they are completed, so please stay tuned.

~chris jordan, Seattle, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Greener Habits Treehouse Helpers

Anyone interested in getting involved in a major art project with us? Playspace and Exploris will be reopening on September 29 as a new exciting children's museum, and the bulk of what they are doing is with community volunteer labor. Our design firm is working on this project, and we have designed the new "Young Explorer's" gallery. As an insider on this project I have bartered free art and labor from our organization in exchange for recognition, publicity, exhibit space, and some cool stuff from Senegal. This is our opportunity to incorporate our ideals of reuse into a public functioning art peice, and to get our name out as do-gooders in the community. Anyone interested in getting involved with this project, please email us at and we will give you the scoop. And don't forget to check out the transitioning site for the new children's museum at

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Darcey's Great Ideas

Now for something really inspiring – 13-year-old Darcey Youngs is starting a neighborhood compost project in her North Raleigh neighborhood. We made fliers that she is going to post around the neighborhood, asking her neighbors to save their scraps for her compost. She is going to make her rounds on Sundays to pick up the collected compost and pile them in the bin she made herself.

So, this brilliant idea is all hers, but I thought it would be a great one for us to borrow. I have a template for anyone to use for their own fliers. The only thing that would need to change is the personal info.

I will be posting the template in the coming days. Keep a lookout for it!