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New Public Art Installation Turns The Tide Into Poetic Visual Works At BBP


Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is pleased to present Twenty Five Hours, an exhibition of paintings and prints by Brooklyn-based artist Jesse Chun. With works that transform site-specific data into visual poems, Twenty Five Hours continues the ongoing program of local art displayed in the Community Room and entry gallery at 99 Plymouth.

Chun began the project with a research-intensive process. She collected data on the Brooklyn waterfront and the East River’s tides from diverse sources including tidal charts and predictions, historical archives, books, websites, and news articles. Using various methods of digital manipulation, erasure, screen printing, painting, and drawing, she reinterpreted the found materials into visually engaging works of Concrete Poetry.

The result is an installation of text-based paintings on canvas, and pigment prints on paper and organza. They merge and distort components of book formatting, data visualization, and categorization of time and place. Conceptually drawing from BBP’s past, present and future, Twenty Five Hours considers new translations of place, time, and dwelling.

Over the course of the exhibition, Chun will curate a public poetry reading by Brooklyn-based poets and artists as well as a hybrid workshop of poetry and drawing for children. The reading will take place at Pebble Beach in BBP’s Main Street section, and the workshop will be held in 99 Plymouth’s Community Room.

99 Plymouth’s local art program continues later this year with another installation of original murals by the young artists of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Summer Session. The new series of murals will take inspiration from Rush Director of Education Meridith McNeal’s colorfully painted window scenes. Later installations will include movable, abstract magnetic plants by Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao and depictions of BBP’s neighboring skylines made from recycled materials by Claudia and Paulina Bitran.

Twenty Five Hours will be on view through June 19, 2017. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 4th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm as part of DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk. 99 Plymouth and its Community Room are open from 8:00am to 11:00pm daily.

Jesse Chun is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages with the elements of language, context, and cultural memory to investigate the conditions of belonging. Select venues of exhibitions and fellowships include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Fridman Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, BRIC, Park Avenue Armory, and Lehman College Art Gallery in New York; CICA Museum and Incheon International Women Artists Biennial in Seoul; and Space Debris Art in Istanbul. She currently teaches Transcultural Poetics at the free learning experiment, BHQFU. She received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design. Chun’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, the Wall Street Journal, the Korea Times, Hyperallergic, Vice, Asia Literary Review and Art21. www.jessechun.com

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