“Language is not transparent.” - Jesse Chun
"With their strategic erasures and omissions, the works can feel inaccessible, but this may be just the point. One could picture a simpler version of this show-stopping short, contented to turn the tables on native English speakers—to give them a taste of the confusion felt by an exchange student in a fluorescent-lit classroom. But Chun goes further. Linguists talk about the phenomenon of “semantic satiation,” whereby a repeated word loses its meaning for a listener. Just beyond that wilderness, the artist seems to suggest, there’s satisfaction to be found in the formal elements of a workbook’s graphic design and typeface, or the warped text of Xerox made too quickly. Where meaning gets lost in translation, there are, apparently, aesthetic rewards to be gained." - Dawn Chan at ArtForum
Jesse Chun's latest exhibition at Baxter St, Name Against the Same Sound investigates the geopolitical conditions of the English language through examining E.S.L (English as a Second Language) learning resources. Jesse Chun, a New York-based visual artist from Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Toronto, draws from a transcultural relationship to language to re-interpret English pedagogy through a multilingual, and non-linear perspective. Chun’s work explores the technological and ideological machinery underlying the process of cultural assimilation and translation, focusing on the hegemony of English and the subjectivization of non-native speakers in the process of learning the language. The exhibition runs through April 14th, 2018. For more details, please click here.
Jesse Chun’s interdisciplinary work investigates the frameworks of language, identity and place through a process of unlearning, translating, and authoring. Chun has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Fridman Gallery in New York; ArtCenter/SouthFlorida in Miami, Space Debris Art in Istanbul, and Incheon International Women Artists Biennial in South Korea. She was a 2017 Media Arts Fellow at BRIC. Chun received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has taught at BHQFU, and is a teaching artist at the Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The Wall Street Journal, Asia Literary Reviewand Art21, among others. She works and lives in New York.
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