Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

on paper

blueprints, close-up, 11 x 8.5 inches each, layered pigment prints on vellum paper

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

forms, installation view, 2016

close-up text


landscapes; forms; blueprints; installation view, 2016

landscapes, installation view, 2016

 landscape #10

ON PAPER addresses the bureaucratic language involved in immigration, migration, and mobility. Using various passports and immigration documents that are largely from a familial archive, the paperworks' imagery, text, and authority are re-interpreted into three chapters --blueprints, forms, and landscapes --  through methods of abstraction, redaction, and erasure. In Landscapes, the watermarked background imagery of various passports are transformed into large-scale landscapes using scanning, erasure, and digital manipulation. Removed from the found national marker and traveler's data, the landscapes are re-articulated as portraits of ubiquitous, unbound and nameless lands. In Forms, various immigration documents are redacted into poetry using a selective erasure. In Blueprints, all texts are removed from the documents, leaving only the skeletal frames onto layered pages of transluscent blueprint paper. On Paper re-authors the meaning, power, and language embedded within systems of bureaucracy, belonging, and transparency.