Hyun Jung Jun is currently a senior student attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her main mediums are Photography and Intaglio. You can reach her via following emails:
hjun5@saic.edu, almondah@gmail.com


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I would like to go somewhere on a certain day between Nov 28th and Dec 8th, 2013. The location is going to depend on the cost of a flight/bus/train and I am just going to leave without any particular plan. (I might get a place to stay at night in advance but still not much of plan)Everything is going to be about chance and being out there where you don’t have the secure feeling. I am not going to tell anyone if there’s a person I know who lives wherever I decided to go before I leave and just simply go on an adventure and document the incidents I happen to face. I have traveled alone just once before and I think I was afraid of being alone in places that I was not familiar with the whole time for days. I think it’s because I’ve always been afraid of getting kidnapped so I travel with friends when I travel but there is something different kind of experience I get from going somewhere alone. I’m like a person who stays up until the morning and go to bed for a few hours and wake up and do stuff, or sleep in for hours and hours. I think I’m trying to say that I have an irregular time schedule so I wonder how this affects the choices I make. When I went to Boston a few weeks ago, it felt like I’ve been missing out something important in life and I think it’s time for me to get out and experience outside of my comfort zone.

I am planning to see how much I get out of city alone geographically, and where in terms of kinds of places I end up with. Woods? Nature? Historic Sites? Buildings? And what kind of people I meet and where do I meet those new people? What and where am I gonna eat? Is there gonna be a change in terms of what I eat? GPS setting on my phone doesn’t work so well so it might be interesting to see if I end up getting a real map and use it instead of a phone too.

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Nowadays, we are confused with overabundance of materials and information. Things that are temporary and entertaining dominate and tempt people’s minds and control them. Because the amount of materials and information is overwhelming, it’s natural that while there are things genuine, there are also things pretending among them. And, It’s quite difficult to distinguish what’s real and what’s not and also what’s important and what’s not. Those distracting us tend to be tempting and easy to get because they are everywhere and keep us from what we really should be paying attention to.

For example, people and media disguise and wrap themselves with pretty words and appearance, showcasing and presenting themselves in a way that’s attracting to the eyes for a quick response and satisfaction. Media seems to be setting up a standard of beauty that excludes people who doesn’t fit in the frame as if they are wrong. It creates false reality and makes people consider it a priority. As a result, people spend too much of their time thinking about how to improve their appearance for acceptance in society rather than nourishing themselves inside. What you see doesn’t last forever but the things inside do. Being exposed to more and more of those things distracting us, we become afar from what in fact matters to the core of existence.

I attempt to show confusion through my work. I control the amount of information by deciding how much I reveal and conceal. I use objects and places that are familiar to us but create a space where you don’t know where you stand and a situation you don’t understand right away. The obscure atmosphere creates distance between the object and the audience and I want the viewers to fill in the gaps by comparing what they are seeing in the photographs with their own life.

“When you see something from afar, you develop a fantasy. But when you see it up close, 9 times out of 10, you wish you hadn’t.” –Wicker Park (movie)

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1. being dizzy
2. seeing stars
3. being sensitive to light
----all at the same time.

Drawings on Photo and Gifs

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