I came across some interesting art by Chicago based artist Jason Salavon the other day. A series of four prints begun in 1997 shows the result of mean averaging every Playboy centerfold foldout for the four decades beginning January 1960 through to December 1999.

According to salavon.com; Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Though formally varied, his projects frequently manipulate the roles of individual elements arranged in diverse visual populations. This often unearths unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole, the individual and the group, is explored. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material. The final compositions are exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others exist in a real-time software context.

I used to work in the Bluecoat art centre in Liverpool where this kind of work was commonplace. For me much of the enjoyment of such work was derived from watching how other people visiting the gallery interacted with it. We had some real off the wall installations. One of the strangest had to be a projection of a close-up shot of the needle on the record “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys playing at 1 beat per minute. The noise was hideous, we had to wear earplugs to be in the room for any long period of time.

You can see larger versions of Salavon’s work and other pieces including the rather humorously titled ‘76 Blowjobs‘ at salavon.com.

Playboy Decades