Design / Entertainment

The Loop

Jason Salavon

Software is Jason Salavon’s artistic medium. The former video game programmer and current art professor at the University of Chicago uses computation to combine enormous quantities of data and images to create works that are at once recognizable and surprising. The recognition comes from his source material, often rooted in pop culture and the everyday. What’s surprising is how patterns emerge out of Salavon’s dense digital treatment of his subjects – which, despite their basis in brute-force calculation, are anything but heavy. “New perspectives on the familiar” is how Salavon describes his work. The Loop is Salavon’s amalgamation of images of Chicago’s downtown skyline since before the skyscraper era. Even if you’ve spent your entire life in this town, you’ll still get lost in his City of Big Shoulders.