Artist Blog: Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon is an American contemporary artist. He is noted for his use of computer software of his own design to manipulate and reconfigure preexisting media and data to create new visual works of fine art.

One of his coolest pieces is his All the Ways (The Simpsons) video! He says, “The composition includes algorithmically mixed audio and combines both standard & high definition seasons. Reconsidering a promise to stop making these types of pieces (begun in 1997), the project belongs to a large suite of works (including murals, prints, books & video) reorganizing and manipulating episodes of The Simpsons – as data – in related, but varied ways.  The overall project represents the synthesis and unification of my amalgamation work (Playboys, Homes, etc.) with my color-averaged frame work (Titanic, EAO, etc). By varying parameters, a single software process produces compositions capable of a huge breadth (all the ways) of data representation.  Most importantly, it maps a contiguous space inhabited by these previously distinct styles.”


Something else really cool is his Baroque & Impressionist Painting he made in 2010. (shown below). baroquepainting_install impressionistpainting_install_1

“These two prints sample and reformat color taken from history of Western painting. Impressionist Painting uses Claude Monet’s 100 most expensive paintings1 to derive (quantize) the 1024-color palette most representative of these paintings in aggregate. This palette is then used to generate the image where line-width is proportional to color frequency and position is based on color saturation.  The aim in ordering-by-saturation2 is to introduce depth and a sense of sfumato to a rigidly geometric optical work.  The Baroque Painting work replicates this process using the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens.”


“Shoes, Domestic Production, 1960-1998 

These psychedelic constellations are, in fact, accurate visualizations of statistical data tracking the US domestic production of shoes and slippers from 1960-1998 in 31 categories. While technically a clinical graphing, every effort was made to conform the data to serve an aesthetic purpose rather than provide a useful visual mapping.”


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