Sam Sae Jin Chun (b. 1986 Willingboro, NJ)
is a Korean American artist based in Chinatown, Manhattan. He was born in New Jersey from immigrant parents who immigrated from Seoul, South Korea. Chun went to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art in the East Village and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Fine Art. His work touches on aspects of history, the present, and future aesthetics referencing Chōseon Dynasty ideologies, perspectives, and tastes. Growing up in the 90’s, each Korean community in the US had at least one video (VHS) rental store where the Korean community can rent dramas, variety shows, and movies shipped from Korea. One of the types of shows Chun grew up watching were historical dramas. Although seemingly innocuous, and often times extremely cheesy, these shows have had a profound impact on his understanding of perspective. He felt a kinship to his inherited history and also a deep sense of foreignness having been surrounded by Americanness which was also just as foreign. Chun is interested in the un-pinpointable, the un-labelable, and curious objects that are about multiplicity within a singularity acting as a super organism.