Presidential Statistics, digital prints, 2004-06, details from installation above at University of Tennessee at Martin, 2006

As with his various other statistical projects, like the Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated and Suitcase Set-Up series, this series is basically an enormous analysis of a given set of data. In this case, instead of instigating the data set himself, Chris relied entirely on the information given in one book, The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, 5th edition, by William A. DeGregorio (Gramercy Books, New York, 2002). The book is just a huge collection of unrelated facts; Chris searched out the informational themes that weave throughout its 800-odd pages and collated them together into vignettes from the great narrative that is American presidential history. The series has two parts: tables and charts. The tables are mostly black and white sets of pure data in numerical form, and are made for anyone who really likes reams of pure information; they were in turn used as the basis for the charts, which are a collection of the most vivid, exciting-looking presidential statistics anyone has ever seen--an eye-popping blaze of color, geometry, and numbers! All in all, the series is a conflation of fun facts with fun colors. There are approximately 100 tables and 40 charts; a representative selection from both sets can be seen below.

 

Charts:

Presidents by Previous Major Jobs

Presidents by Forms of Higher Education

Presidents by Maximum Number of Living Ex-Presidents During Each President's Term

Presidents by Height

Presidents by Lengths of Time Spent Before, During, and After Presidency

Months of Presidential Births, Beginnings of Terms, and Deaths

Presidents Who Share Names

Presidents by Number of Vice Presidents

Presidents by Party

Presidents by Actual Versus Potential Time Spent in Office

Presidents by States Added During Their Administrations

Presidential Third-Party Candidates and Their Success Rates

Presidents by Percentage of Popular Vote, Electoral Vote, and States Won per Election

Presidents and the First Ladies

 

Tables:

Administrations

Amendments

Birth/Death Timelines

Careers

College

Families

Height

Living Ex-Presidents

Military Experience

Months of Birth and Death

Multiple Terms

Names

Political Parties

Religion

States Added

States Born and Died In

States Won

Supreme Court Appointees

Their Vice Presidents

Third Party Candidates

Time in Years

Vice Presidential Experience

Winning Percentages