Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon is a contemporary artist who is best known for creating his own computer software which he uses to manipulate existing media and data into something new. His work reveals unexpected patterns between a piece of work and the piece overall. In July of 2013, Salavon was honored as one of the “50 under 50: The Most Collectible Artists” by Art + Auction Magazine. Salavon’s works are displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago among many others. He currently an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Salavon is influenced by America’s pop culture and innovations in information technology. His work manipulates other works and simultaneously, showing the unique approaches to icons in today’s culture. Over time, Salavon’s work has progressed from shapes and patterns to blurred images and back to shapes again.

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Something I really liked about this piece was Salavon’s use of a common tv show. He took the colors from each episode of the first 26 seasons of The Simpsons and each rectangle is arranged by season. I would never have guessed that each square represented the colors from The Simpsons. The blurred picture on the left of the wallpaper is one of the final scenes of the opening credits of the show.


While going threw Jason Salavon’s work, this piece really stood out to me. This is one of four pieces in his collection called American Varietal. Originally, the collection was commissioned to the US Census Bureau headquarters. The piece is to represent all 3171 US counties and their population from 1970 until 2010. This really caught my eye because of the intricate lines and waves the move throughout the piece. I like that the colors are similar but slightly different so the audience can identify the different shades within the piece.


This piece really caught my eye because of the colors and it looked like fireworks-which I love. However, reading the description, it described the piece was actually the tracking of statistical data of the US production of shoes and slippers from 1960-1998. Of the four, burst is my favorite because of it’s colors and it attracts my eyes to the center; which reminds me that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.





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