The modern way of life has been undoubtedly shaped and choreographed by large networks and digital data. With an omnipresent digitized culture, the growth of visual capacity in such form has increased exponentially in the recent past, forming the social and technological landscape of today. We’ve seen a number of artists exploring the merits and consequences of the modern way of life, probing how it has affected inter-human relationships as well as individual consciousness. Analyzing the vast field of digital data, American contemporary artist Jason Salavon contributes to the exploration of modern culture, obsessions and mannerisms through the display of his latest work. Presenting 14 new pieces based on computer processing, which can lead to some amazing art pieces, the solo exhibition in the Mark Moore Gallery by Jason Salavon titled All The Ways opens in February.
Born in Indiana in 1970, Jason Salavon earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin. He taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Having been employed as an artist and programmer in the video game industry for several years, Salavon developed a unique perspective and understanding of the digital reality, ultimately using computer software of his own design in order to reconfigure preexisting media and data to create new visual works of fine art. A large bulk of his work can be divided into two segments: One can be described as a group of sorts of visual amalgamations; the other consists of works made by distributing processed media side by side or in other configurations. Named one of the "50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists" by Art + Auction Magazine, Salavon’s work has been exhibited worldwide, and he was featured in exhibitions at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Smithsonian Institution (D.C.), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA).
Debuting 14 new works in a number of media, Jason Salavon focuses on the seemingly unending digital frame and its visual underline represented by touchstones of the pop culture. Connecting with the mass culture as a ubiquitous language of the technological present, Jason Salavon portrays the predilections and obsessions, infinite variations and permutations of our digitized reality by using well known imagery. In one of the pieces, Salavon uses the famous opening scene of The Simpsons to demonstrate the power of interpretation through multitude of storylines and data. Another interesting piece making its appearance in the show is The Master Index, a visual monument comprised of the most popular Wikipedia articles entries. With a lot of phrases awkwardly placed next to one another, like “Human penis size” and “Abraham Lincoln,” the artist reveals the absurdities of our current digital consciousness.
With a witty approach to the current state of computerized reality, even in artistic expression, Salavon layers and manipulates visual data into abstraction by the use of computer software of his own design. Creating visual works of fine art by using preexisting media and data, he explores the boundaries and puts an emphasis on the recent massive exponential growth of digital data. Displaying 14 new works in different media, the Jason Salavon exhibition titled All the Ways opens at Mark Moore gallery on February 25th, and will be on view until April 16th, 2016.
Featured image: Jason Salavon - 117 Homes for Sale, Chicagoland (detail), 1999. Photo via mocp.org. Images used for illustrative purposes only.