chapter i. landscapes
chapter ii. blueprints
chapter iii. forms
landscapes, installation view, 2016
landscapes; forms; blueprints; installation view, 2016
forms, installation view, 2016
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.