Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

on paper

On Paper
Chapter I. Landscapes
Chapter II. Blueprints
Chapter III. Forms
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, 2016

Landscapes, installation view, 2016

Landscapes; Forms; Blueprints
; installation view, 2016

Blueprints, installation view, 11 x 8.5 inches each, pigment prints on layered vellum papers, acrylic, 2016

Forms, installation view, 2016

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On Paper
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, 2016

On Paper
utilizes digital manipulation and redaction to re-interpret various passports and immigration documents that are from the artist's own archive, as well as from friends and family. Using the scanner as a camera, the paperworks' bureaucratic language is recontextualized into landscapes, abstractions, and poetry. In Landscapes, the watermarked imagery of various passport pages are transformed into large-scale landscapes of ubiquitous and unbound nature that are devoid of the national markers and traveler's data. In Forms and Blueprints, a selective erasure of immigration documents is employed to re-author the visual and linguistic narrative, and the stacks of documents are scanned into abstractions that record their volume and physicality. On Paper questions the hegemonic data to consider other translations of the categorical language involved in navigation from one place to another.