Meet the MFAs: Jason Wheeler
As Blaffer prepares to open the University of Houston School of Art 37th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition TONIGHT, (reception 7-9 p.m.; member/VIP preview 6 p.m.), each Blogging Blaffer post over the last couple of weeks has highlighed an artwork by one of the dozen graduating and exhibiting artists along with his or her catalog statement. Our final artist is Jason Wheeler:
People’s ever-evolving relationship with technology plays a crucial role in shaping the way human cultures progress into the future. Technology can be defined as a capability given by the practical or scientific application of knowledge delivered through either a physical apparatus, an interface or through ubiquitous computing. By looking far beyond the boundaries of current technological capacity, I seek to challenge the way people view their relationships to the technology that has become an integral part of their cultures. Through the process of speculative design (an exercise of inventing and visualizing theoretical objects, scenarios, etc.), I present futuristic devices for use in everyday life. This allows the viewer to explore and project possible outcomes that can result from limitless technology. It also stimulates the viewer’s imagination and empowers them to project an array of possible outcomes.
Jason Wheeler, Beep Translator, 2014. Paper, 7 x 6.5 x 4 inches