Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

name against the same sound



name against the same sound, installation view at baxter st.ccny, new york, ny 2018








 armo(u)r, 2018, sublimation dye transfer on aluminum, wooden frame, 40 x 30 inches








neither nor, 2018, concrete, 16 x 16 inches








WORKBOOK, 2018-2017, text vinyl, wall paint, single-channel video








sound natural, 2018, 2 minute audio on airport speaker, wire
i write well (drawing I), 2018, graphite on wall
glossary, 2018, pigment and graphite in a frame, 11 x 8.5 inches








❙❙ Sound Natural (excerpt) 00:00









sound natural; no on ou no (I); armo(u)r, 2018







no on ou no (I), 2018, pigment on linen decal, 11 x 8.5 inches






no on ou no (II), 2018, pigment on linen decal, 11 x 8.5 inches







no on ou no (II), 2018, pigment on linen decal, 11 x 8.5 inches
name against the same sound, 2018, pigment print, 50 x 30 inches







name against the same sound, 2018, pigment print, 50 x 30 inches








Name Against the Same Sound
organized by Howie Chen at Baxter St CCNY, New York, 2018

Name Against the Same Sound investigates the English language through E.S.L (English as a Second Language) pedagogy. Chun’s work examines the technological and ideological machinery underlying the process of cultural assimilation and translation, focusing on the hegemony of the English language. The exhibition presents a space to be read and decoded: redacted pages from ESL workbooks, fragments of audio from YouTube tutorials, manipulated imagery from standardized tests, and abstracted graphemes are presented in various form. Mediated by the process of abstraction and the poetry of translation, Chun’s works consider conditions and aesthetics of readability. The provocation consistent in the exhibition is a decentering of English as the world’s most dominant, “common” language: Could English ever become secondary? Could visual language come first? Could poetry, or 한글?