SCORE FOR UNLANGUAGING -- BILLBOARDS
billboards on Dufferin and Dupont Street, Toronto, Canada
Set against the sky in the open air, two of Chun’s hand-drawn scores take the place of billboards on the north west corner of Dupont and Dufferin streets. On view for the duration of a moon cycle, the drawings– entitled scores for unlanguaging –replace the hyper-legible space of billboard advertisements with abstraction. Created through an unravelled alphabet and redacted watermarks, the shapes that Chun employs with graphite are repeated, layered and partially erased, building upon one another to form a softly (il)legible composition. Most often Chun’s marks continue her reference to circularity as crescent and half moons appear: is this part of the score a repeating chorus or refrain? Or is the circularity a mirror for the moon, a song for the cosmos?
...It is evident that for Chun where there is loss and untranslatability there is also irreducibility and continuity. Orality continues in shifting forms; the safety and wholeness of language is always there, like the moon, waxing and waning.
- excerpts from Heather Canlas Rigg's curatorial essay