Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
1708 is pleased to present enunciating silence and, a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Jesse Chun on view from November 1 - December 8. Through sculpture, video, sound, and drawing, Chun examines the English language and its power structures through the institutional mechanisms of EFL (English as a Foreign Language), formerly known as ESL (English as a Second Language). Working with various found sources such as EFL/ESL workbooks, youtube pronunciation tutorials, standardized tests, watermarks for diplomas and certificates, and index pages of books on the English language, Chun re-interprets the authority, function, and meaning of the world’s “common language” into a new system of relations.
Jesse Chun is a conceptual artist working with text, sculpture, video, sound, drawing, and publishing. Her work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center; Queens Museum; BAM; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Oakville Galleries; Spencer Brownstone Gallery; Fridman Gallery, among others. Select awards and commissions include the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at ISCP; Triple Canopy; The Drawing Center's Open Sessions; BRIC Media Arts Fellowship; Bronx Museum AIM; and a solo public commission at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her publications include Intangible Heritage (Wendy's Subway x BAM, 2018); Blueprints (Silent Face Projects, 2017); and Valid From Until (Booklyn Press, 2016). Chun will be a visiting artist at VCU Sculpture and Extended Media in Spring 2020.
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