Spigot (My Last Three Searches), 2008
real time software, 2 workstations, LCD panel, projector, internet connection
edition of 3
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1st, 5-7pm
Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present new work in the project room from acclaimed artist Jason Salavon. Salavon's work employs self-scripted computer programs to process and reconfigure data gleaned from an all-encompassing cultural panorama. The resulting works range from transubstantiations of intangible statistics into visual abstractions, to literal depictions of the homogenizing effect of an inundation of images. By not committing to any particular source, Salavon's work serves to highlight the larger implications of how information is produced and processed rather than critiquing any given subject matter. Although Salavon's reordering of information is technically entirely objective, the works produced are anything but neutral. Simply through reformatting, Salavon prompts the viewer to consider a multitude of questions. Although the answers may remain beyond our reach, we cannot help but feel that - through the act of questioning alone - we are better equipped to tackle a culture consumed by an excess of unedited information.
Poised between contemporary mass culture and the history of art, and between painterly expressionism and the raw data of digital source material and computer code, Salavon's work is a significant achievement.
Jason Salavon received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Chicago, IL, where he now lives and works. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States and internationally, included shows at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, IL. His work is included in numerous prestigious public collections; LACMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, to name but a few. This solo exhibition will be Salavon's first at the Mark Moore Gallery.