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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Christopher Jordan

SPE Member since 2003
Member Chapter: South Central

Suburban Sublime

Project Statement:

Suburban Sublime

The suburbs are unlikely places for poetic mysticism. As symbols of progress and the American dream (or nightmare), these neighborhoods often lack individuality, character, and uniqueness. Paradoxically, this banality can incubate something mysterious, wondrous, and mythological. With this project I depict mystical luminous events transpiring within suburban neighborhoods. The nature of these events is purposefully ambiguous. The sublime can be found within the depths of the paradox.

The images are created using a re-photographic approach. By altering the physical form of photographic prints and creatively lighting the results, I employ a rich new visual ground to explore with the lens. I particularly respond to the dreamlike obfuscation of detail and the play of light across the surfaces. The buildings and places depicted are no longer specimens of suburbia. They become visual koans, requiring an imaginative leap to resolve initial perceptions. This work explores the ambiguity between photographic expectation and neo-pictorialist space, signification and abstraction, and the real versus the uncanny.


Christopher Jordan is a photographic artist and teacher. He currently holds a full-time faculty position at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004. Conceptually, Jordan works with a variety of techniques to create landscape imagery of both real and unreal places. He is most interested in how depictions of place serve as vehicles for reflection, memory and meditation. Jordan's work has been exhibited nationally and is held in numerous private collections.

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Night Passage



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Suburban Sublime #26

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