Subtitles, video still, 2016
Jesse Chun’s interdisciplinary work investigates the frameworks of language, identity and place through a process of unlearning, translating, and authoring. Subtitles is a conceptual poetry piece that employs the trope of a film narrative. In an investigation of consumer rhetoric and aspirations towards interior spaces, Chun appropriated select colors and sentences from various editorials in interior design magazines—choosing only the quotes that do not mention designers, products, or location. Employing the role of the artist as editor, she re-arranged the found texts into new conversations about memory, displacement, and transience of space. Projected onto BRIC’s garage doors, the subtitled narrative contemplates on interstitial spaces; at its core, Chun’s video questions the relationships between place and identity while making clear the discrepancy between the act of dwelling and the complex conditions of belonging.
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 Review and Art21, among others. She works and lives in New York.
Jesse Chun is a 2017-18 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House. For more information, visit BRICartsmedia.org/ArtFP.
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