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Jean Seestadt
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work, I explore the way fleeting moments become signs and symbols of a life as lived. Through collections, lists, counting, and images, I interrogate our relationship with our lives and deaths. Death is, of course, an extremely personal thing, but at another level, it is the most universal of human experiences. My work is oriented around these concepts, but I take materials seriously as research tools with conceptual weight. I am particularly interested in materials that generate discussions of temporality, failure, and the power of keepsakes. These have included mass-produced party balloons that I alter with hand-lettered text, online reviews laboriously reproduced through the traditional practice of hand embroidery, and found and repurposed used books with personalized gift inscriptions. Regardless of the materials or concepts I use, the most important part of my work is human interaction. I seek out people for lists and ideas, and I explore the remnants of interactions, using all of these to create artworks that represent life moments. These interactions are sources I use to try to tackle and understand how and when we hold onto moments, and how we mark them.
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ARTIST RESUME:


JEAN SEESTADT

Born in Minneapolis, MN 1984
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
Hunter College, New York NY
Master of Fine Arts, fall 2013
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 2007

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?", Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY
2015 “DEEP END”, Wassaic Projects, Wassaic, NY
2015 “2015 Season Kickoff Party & Drawing Show”, Sadie Halie Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2015 “RESPOND”, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2014 “Artists for Ferguson”, Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY
2014 “So Small”, The Lincoln Gallery, Eugene, OR
2013 “Thesis”, Hunter College, New York, NY
2013 “WordSmiths”, online exhibition
2013 The Bailey House, New York, NY
2013 “Kreft Juried Exhibition”, Ann Arbor, MI
2013 "Beats & Brushstrokes", ELAN, Seattle, WA
2012 “Dead In August”, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
2010 “Art For Haiti”, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2010 “Foot In the Door” Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN
2010 “Midnight Snacks””, ArtSlant, Chicago, IL
2009 “Textiles”, The Loft, Brooklyn, NY
2008 “This Is Not the Oxford Open”, Jam Factory, Oxford, UK
2007 “BFA Show”, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
2006 “Reflections”, Mercury Café and Gallery, Chicago, IL.

RESIDENCIES
2015 Carter Burden, New York, NY
2014 Wassaic Residency, Wassaic, NY
2014 Ground Work, Falls Village, CT

LECTURES/VISITING ARTIST
2015 Hunter College, School of Social Work, New York, NY
2015 Carter Burden, New York, NY
2014 Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
2013 Hunter College, New York, NY

PUBLICATIONS
2015 New York Times 12/25
2015 NY Press 11/4
2015 Hyperallergic 2/13
2013 What People Call Art 12/15
2012 Messerwerferin, 12/27
2012 Culture Leaks 12/19
2012 Brooklyn Street Art 12/19
2012 Quickest Flip, Issue 2
2012 site95 Journal Volume 1 Issue 08
2012 Quiet Lunch Issue 4
2012 Brooklyn Street Art, 5/23
2012 site95, 4/2
2012 Hashed and Salted 3/15
2012 Slow Painting 3/7
2012 Brooklyn Street Art 2/29
2012 Huffington Post 2/28
 








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