Jason Salavon is a contemporary artist that focuses on using software to manipulate and re-imagine media that already exists, highlighting the works or pieces in ways that reveal something new about them, usually pieces of visual art. Not only does he use software to manipulate these forms of media, but he has created his own form of software to use for his projects, which is something that he is known for. He also creates and has been commissioned for site-specific art, including the US Census Bureau in Maryland as well as the McCormick Place in his native Chicago.

The Top Grossing Film of All Time , 2000

This is amazing! I did something similar in my Intro to Digital Studies Class. As someone who not only loves films but also loves color, this is one of my favorite pieces of art, as it breaks down movies into an overwhelming, colorful image. I did this last semester with a bunch of different films, and it was super interesting to see the color composition of my favorite movies. It’s also interesting to see the origins of this digital technique, and assign credit to the artist who made the process known, as well as invented other digital techniques to further manipulate already published forms of media.

Figure 1. Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997. 1998

This one is.. sort of disturbing. It looks almost like a fleshy group, and it’s hard to find the actual outline of a person. Yikes. Besides this work being slightly disturbing, it is still a fascinating subject, especially Salavon’s series of the centerfold of Playboy’s magazine for different decades. It’s interesting It’s almost like a visual average of every woman combined into one fleshy-looking blob. Problematic? Probably. But kudos to Salavon for bringing it to light.

<Color> Wheel, 2012

I really like this one! When I read the description of how he made this color wheel, I’m both upset and fascinated. It seems like a such a simple process (except for the part of downloading all the images and positioning them in the color wheel), and yet it’s something no one else has thought of. I also like this piece because I like the relationship between the concept of color and the use of something as digitally basic as a google image or Bing image search. It reveals how we can make something beautiful and aesthetically pleasing through something that is commonplace to us in the digital age, such as a simple image search.

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