No Comments and Please Don’t Quote Me

Artist’s breath, clear bin liners, raffia string

2014


Chun’s repeated use of bin liners recalls his fascination with peripheral objects, typically household appliances that he repurposes to carry out other roles, imagining parallel lives for these objects.

His handpicked objects – from bin liners, fans to light fixtures – do not vanish after their first appearance but instead continue to frequent his installations, leading different lives in each iteration. Beyond the artist’s interest in object biographies, this continued reliance on specific objects illuminates a certain economical manner of working, a condition of production specific to the artist himself.

Reflecting on his personal use of bin liners to preserve a sculpture, Chun uses the same bin liners to preserve his own breath, literally breathing life into these objects. No Comments and Please Don’t Quote Me features a row of clear bin liners inflated with the artist’s breath, installed parallel to the entrance, their edges aligned to the door. Again, the objects take on a different plane of existence under Chun’s hands, the bin liners earnestly holding what appears to be nothing – packaged emptiness.

The gesture of carefully conserving his own breath may connote a certain preciousness to the content but the shrinking and slightly deflated forms of the bin liners suggest otherwise. The artist’s breath or the artist’s words may appear valuable, seemingly preserved for posterity, but they are also expendable, much like trash in bin liners. In their current display, they also closely resemble trash bags, waiting to be disposed.