If you're in the LA area Friday night: Chicago-based artist Jason Salavon, whose work we've blogged here before, has a show launch at The Project.
Salavon digitally reconfigures raw source data into abstract, and often painterly, photographs and videos. Utilizing self-designed software programs, Salavon's hybridized artworks fuse information technology with pop cultural aesthetics. Salavon's recent photographic series, 100 Special Moments, culls images of newlyweds, graduates, little league players and traditional Santa portraits to manifest composite images of each scenario. The artist deconstructs nostalgia to its average mean, subverting and blurring the lines between singular and collective social experiences within the framework of commemorative photographs. For the Emblem series, Salavon interrogates the social implications of 1970s iconic films, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now, by algorithmically abstracting their filmic frames in time and subsequently reorganizing them in a circular structure reminiscent of traditional Mandalas. Late Night Triad, a three-channel video projection, overlays introductory monologues from late night talk show hosts David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Conan O'Brien. Salavon digitally aligns and averages the comedic routines to expose the inherit repetition in their underlying structure and rhythmic timing.