Archer Gallery is proud to present The Scheme of Things,
an exhibition of works by Jason Salavon, including The Top 25 Grossing Films of All Time,
2001 and Spigot (Babbling Self-Portrait),
2010. By viewing works created
almost a decade apart, the audience is invited to view the threads of
the artist’s interests in the rapidly changing medium of digital work.
Salavon is one of the lead artists
working with information technology and is among the first to use
software he designed to mine data systems for use in his work. He finds
source material in popular culture and everyday
systems. By reducing and abstracting information to a minimal state,
often color blocks and bands, larger patterns emerge.
The Top 25 Grossing Films of All Time,
2001 is a digital video projection showing the abstraction of the top
grossing films (as of March 2001) into a series of four-color grids
displayed together. The films are
shown side by side in real time; the viewer is presented with color
shifting squares and the interlaced sounds of the twenty-five films. As
each film ends, a grid of four squares is blacked out. By the end, we
can hear the audible swelling sounds of the final
scenes of the longest running films.
Spigot (Babbling Self-Portrait),
2010 is a dual video installation mining Salavon’s own internet
searches for more than two years. Google’s archive of over 11,000
searches is reconstructed to show two sides, the
literal text being searched and the time of a search on one part, as
well as the color-categorized data returned with each search, running in
an endless stream, on the second. The sounds are of web pages being
read aloud over one another, once again with
an overwhelming cacophony of sounds that allow us to catch phrases only
from time to time.
Both more personal and technologically complex than The Top 25 Grossing Films of All Time, Spigot (Babbling Self-Portrait),
uses a visual language that relates a great deal to the earlier work.
Abstracting visual results to color blocks, the overwhelming multiple
sounds causing audio abstraction,
and the gridding of information to run in time with others, all give a
familiar but shifted feeling for the viewer.
from profitable films to private internet searches, from running real
time to collapsed time where multiple searches are viewed
simultaneously, this work can be viewed
as an unintentional companion to The Top 25 Grossing Films of All Time,
showing us both Salavon’s artistic process over time and our own
cultural shifts through a decade of changing technologies. As within a
Salavon work, viewing these two pieces together
reveals larger patterns at play.
thanks to the artist, Mark Moore Gallery, Jessica Bromer, Katherine
Shell, the Associate Students of Clark College, and the Clark College
-Blake Shell, Archer Gallery Director
The Scheme of Things, an exhibition of works by Jason Salavon
April 10th - May 5th, 2012 | Preview Artist Reception: Saturday April 7th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday April 10th, 11am, PUB Fireside Lounge