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The Artist: Jason Salavon, a Chicago-based artist, expands traditional conceptions of portraiture with his use of digital manipulation.
The Artwork: Salavon's Late Night Triad (2003) captures American late-night television's three most popular hosts: Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and David Letterman. A combination of sixty-four nights of continually taped programs, Salavon's animated portrait, which runs approximately three-and-a-half minutes, accentuates the typical features of each television personality's routine. Unlike conventional portraiture, we do not recognize these performers from their faces, which cannot be readily deciphered, but rather from the combination of movement and vocal intonations that we have come to expect from each. Listen to Salavon discussing the work and his process.