Jason Salavon

Inaugural Artist

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Jason Salavon’s Homage in Between (Chicago Art, 20th Century) spoke to Chicago’s grand art and design histories as fluid streams of smaller events. Image archives were used to create poetic complexes of flowing visual history. Dense, organic matrices of images flowed over the surface of theMART. Reproductions of paintings, illustrations, photographs and other visual ephemera served as source particulate in an evocative visual symphony of forms.



Works & Experience

Since the mid-1990s, Jason Salavon has used custom software to create artworks that ruminate on the nature of individual uniqueness when embedded in massive populations. Using processes of his own design, he has sought to unearth unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole - the individual and the group - is explored. Reflecting an attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material.

Salavon has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Reviews of his exhibitions and feature articles have been included in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times and WIRED. Examples of his artwork are included in prominent public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago among many others.

Born in Indiana, raised in Texas and based in Chicago, Salavon earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin. In earlier years, he was employed for as an artist and programmer in the video game industry and is currently associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.