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Three digitially blurred and out of focus images of late night television hosts Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and David Letterman
Late Night Triad
Installation view of artwork with blurred portrait renderings
Gallery installation image of Late Night Triad

Late Night Triad

Artist / Creator
Jason Salavon
Year of Work

Jason 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.

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Further Information

About the Artist
Jason Salavon, a Chicago-based artist, expands traditional conceptions of portraiture with his use of digital manipulation.

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