Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

on paper

chapter i. landscapes
chapter ii. blueprints
chapter iii. forms

landscapes, installation view, 2016

landscape #10

landscapes; forms; blueprints
; installation view, 2016

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

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

installation view, 2016

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On Paper
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, 2016

On Paper
investigates the bureaucratic language involved in migration, immigration, and mobility. Using various passports and immigration documents that are largely from the artist's familial archives, Chun engages with methods of redaction, digital manipulation, and abstraction to re-interpret the found documents. Using a scanner as a camera, the paperworks' visual and linguistic narratives are recontextualized into landscapes, abstractions, and poetry. 

In Landscapes, the watermarked background imagery of various passports are transformed into large-scale landscapes using rephotography, erasure, and digital manipulation. Devoid of national marker and traveler's data, the landscapes become 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 presents other translations of the categorical data, symbols and language involved in navigating from one place to another, subverting the power and meaning of bureaucratic frameworks in the process.