University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

2011 MFA Thesis Show: Jason Seeley, Comfort Zones

April 16, 2011  by: Dom

April 16 – May 14, 2011

Opening reception Sat. April 16, 7-10

617 Main Street, Buffalo
(716)856 – 2717

Jason Seeley grew up in the suburbs of Boston MA.  He received his BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2008, and is currently pursuing his MFA at the University at Buffalo.

Seeley’s paintings, sculptures, and installations investigate the role of comfort within our lives as both an often seemingly unattainable goal, as well as a pacifier distracting us from our desires and the attainment of true satisfaction. As a culture we are constantly caught between our attempts to stabilize our lives and our desire to transgress the banalities of our day-to-day existence.  We seek security (physical, financial, job stability, insurance) as a means to free ourselves from fear and anxiety while at the same time binding ourselves to the monotony of routine and the maintenance of the American Dream.  In this way the line between freedom and imprisonment begins to dismantle, and one actually becomes the other.  In Seeley’s work it is often the attempts to stabilize oneself that inevitably over-complicate situations and generate more struggle or fall apart completely. Using a variety of media he explores the psychological nuances between this freedom and imprisonment, and the struggle to survive within a contemporary society.

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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