Published: Feb. 22, 2018

abstract art by jason salavon

"A picture is worth a thousand integers."

This is one (slightly clunky) way to frame how Jason Salavon approaches digital information.

The renowned Chicago-based artist designs software to generate and reconfigure communal material, presenting new perspectives on the familiar. Examples of his work include a dynamic, 40-foot data mural that draws from 220 years of U.S. Census data; a visualization of the average color of every frame from the movie "Titanic"; and a series titled "100 Special Moments," which combines data from 100 similar internet images, including 100 graduation photos and 100 photographs of children with Santa Claus.

Come hear from the artist on Monday, February 26, at the ATLAS Institute at 4:15 p.m in a talk titled "On Data & Algorithm: An Artist's View." The event is free and all are welcome.

Salavon’s art has graced magazines from Harper’s to Wired and his work is shown in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago.

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. He is now an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago.

Jason Salavon

If you go
Who: Open to the public
What: "On Data & Algorithm: An Artist's View," talk by Jason Salavon, associate professor, University of Chicago.
When: Monday, Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Roser ATLAS Building, Room 100