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

landscapes; forms; blueprints; installation view, 2016

forms, installation view, 2016

close-up text


landscapes, installation view, 2016

 landscape #10

ON PAPER re-authors various paperwork such as passports and immigration documents from a familial archive into three chapters -- blueprints, forms, and landscapes. The found imagery and texts are recontextualized through methods of abstraction, redaction, and erasure. In Landscapes, the watermarked background imagery of various passports are transformed into large-scale landscapes using scanning and digital manipulation. Removed from the found national marker and traveler's data, the landscapes are reinterpreted 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-articulates the meaning, power, and language embedded within systems of bureaucracy, belonging, and transparency.