Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

name against the same sound



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





neither nor, 2018, concrete, 16 x 16 inches





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




name against the same sound, installation view






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
2018

name against the same sound investigates the English language through the vernacular of E.S.L (English as a Second Language). Chun draws from a diasporic relationship to language to re-interpret English pedagogy through a multilingual and non-linear perspective. Her work explores the ideological machinery underlying the process of cultural assimilation and translation, focusing on the hegemony of English and the subjectivization of non-native speakers in the process of learning the language. The exhibition presents a space to be read and decoded: appropriated pages from ESL workbooks, fragments of audio from YouTube tutorials, manipulated imagery from standardized tests, and abstracted graphemes are presented on various substrates and media. 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?



/ text co-written with howie chen