Jason Salavon: Old Codes

03.09.10

Jason Salavon: Old Codes
March 13 – April 10, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 20, 5 – 8 pm
Tony Wight Gallery

845 West Washington Boulevard

This will be the first exhibition at Tony Wight Gallery’s new location at 845 West Washington Boulevard, between Peoria and Green, on the second floor.

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon’s distinctive fusion of art and information technology has positioned his work at the forefront of digital art practices. Salavon’s projects often co-opt and reconfigure data from popular culture, investigating the interrelationship between the part and the whole or the individual and the group. The final compositions are exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others exist in a real-time software context.

Old Codes is comprised of seven individual works – an LCD panel displaying a hyperreal vanitas still life constantly (yet almost imperceptibly) in flux; a C-print of a computer-generated skull; a digital projection of visual patterns derived from a backlog of the artist’s own Internet search history; two prints that each visually average 80 portraits by both Rembrandt and Hals respectively; and two prints that quantize the palettes of entire art historical oeuvres and striate the results into basic genres. The works in this exhibition, while varied greatly in both form and concept, all offer new perspectives on the intersection of art history and contemporary existence. Salavon continues to bring meaningful structures forward, sampling from the dense field of visual and statistical debris that surrounds us.

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