Jesse Chun

Jesse Chun - 2017 Triple Canopy Commission Recipient

Congratulations to class of 2014 alumni Jesse Chun on being selected as a winner of Triple Canopy's eighth annual call for proposals. The magazine invited artists and writers to propose projects for inclusion in an upcoming issue devoted to resentment—the aesthetics of this affect and its formal and political possibilities. In the next year, the recipients will work closely with editors on the creative and technical realization of their projects, which may be digital works of art or literature, performances, or print publications

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro) , 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro), 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

Jesse Chun is a New York-based visual artist from Seoul, New York, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Her digital project “WORKBOOK” will examine the rhetoric and aesthetic found in English as a Second Language (ESL) education. Drawing from ESL workbooks and online courses, Chun will edit, translate, and reinterpret select grammar and conversation books, online tutorials, audio, and standardized tests. In an attempt to unlearn, “WORKBOOK” will unpack the linguistic hierarchy and conditions of readability that accompany the English language, which continues to be the dominant “common language” of international relations, business, and the internet. Chun’s project asks: Could English ever become secondary? Could visual language come first? Could poetry, or 한글?

Jesse Chun: Twenty Five Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Alum, Jesse Chun currently has a solo exhibition titled Twenty Five Hours, currently on view at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This body of work features an installation of paintings and prints that conceptually draw from the site-specific data of the Brooklyn Waterfront and East River Tides.

Twenty Five Hours is on view now until June 20 at 99 Plymouth, open 8:00am-11:00pm daily.

Installation of Twenty Five Hours by Jesse Chun

Installation of Twenty Five Hours by Jesse Chun

For more info, please visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park website


Alum Jesse Chun's book release and solo exhibition at BOOKLYN

VALID FROM UNTIL Book Release + Solo Exhibition at BOOKLYN

37 Greenpoint Ave, #E4G, Brooklyn, NY Opening Reception: Oct 21st, 7-10 PM


OPENING RECEPTION OCTOBER 21, 7-10 PM Curated by Janna Dyk

Booklyn is pleased to present Valid From Until, a solo exhibition of works by artist Jesse Chun.

©Jesse Chun 

©Jesse Chun 

Chun’s work explores the codes and constructs of belonging through the rhetoric of travel, migration and immigration. Working with a collection of multilingual documents that are largely from her own immigration archive, she employs the role of the artist as editor to recontextualize bureaucratic paperwork into Concrete Poetry and abstraction.

Chun selectively deletes the found texts on various immigration documents, while leaving all the fonts, spacing and sizing in their original context. The erasure is simple yet thoughtfully considered – intentionally transforming the paperwork into metaphors of our collective transit. She also uses methods of photography and digital manipulation to create abstractions that highlight the sheer volume, physicality and paper-ness of the forms that exist to validate our identities and mobility.

Chun’s poems and abstractions are devoid of their original function and individual specificity. By transforming the existing information, interrogation, and narratives of homeland, she constructs transcultural poetics of locating and dwelling.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and additionally in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.