Jason Salavon, Every Playboy centerfold, 1960s
Operating at the intersection of art, information technology, and daily life.
Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures large collections of communal data to present new perspectives on familiar objects. Though formally varied, the results of his operations tend to transform the role of discrete elements (individuals) in various orderings (populations). This often unearths unexpected properties as the relationship between the part and the whole, the individual and the collective, is explored. His work often incorporates the use of common references and source material as a means to the intuitive accessibility of these investigations. The final compositions are frequently exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others exist in a real-time software context.
A Chicago-based artist, Salavon earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States as well as Europe. Reviews of his exhibitions have been included in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Examples of his artwork are included in a number of prominent public and private collections. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was employed for numerous years as an artist and programmer in the video game industry.