Art museum features USM professor
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 23:09
Photographer and professor Christopher Jordan lectured Friday about his unorthodox but artistic style at his exhibit, which was hosted at the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art.
Jordan’s exhibit “Suburban Sublime” was open for viewing for the past month leading up to his visit to the campus. Students in the visual arts were well represented at the event, and many were curious about his methodology and technique, as well as what lead him to his subject matter.
Jordan has been a photography and digital media professor at USM for four years and was first introduced to photography at Colby College in Maine. Since then, Jordan has created five different sets of photos. Two of those sets were displayed in the gallery and were the topics of discussion on Friday.
“When I moved to Tuscaloosa, I was struck by the plethora of suburban sprawl,” Jordan said. He began taking pictures around his neighborhood trying to figure out this new place through his camera.
“I’m depicting suburban neighborhoods, but I’m imbuing them with a sense of wonder and mystery that might not be there on an initial viewing,” Jordan said. This view can also be seen in his methodology. Taking his photographs of the suburbs, he uses them as props within a diorama and then takes a picture of the modified photographs. According to the official description, this is performed to contrast the real and the uncanny.
All of this work was done to mimic a style Jordan discovered on accident. The aesthetic of this set of pictures was taken from the glare on a photo being hit by sunlight.
“I think that’s part of our job (as artists) is to create conditions for the happy accident to occur,” Jordan said. “There is a sense of innovation that is very satisfying.”
“I’m inspired and can’t wait to attempt to try it myself,” said senior graphic design major Lindsay Stubbs.
The entirety of Jordan’s work can be found on his website at www.jordanphoto.com.