charlene tan: happymeal


Happymeal
paper sculpture with box and tag
$40

As a child of immigrants, assimilating and culture shock come naturally as breathing. Accepting and having the American taste for fast food came as a hallmark of socio-economic assimilation, a badge of honor. An example of this “badge of honor” can be found in the “Happymeal” marketed to children by offering toys and junk food.
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Charlene Tan is an artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Houston, Texas she spent most of her childhood in the Philippines only to go back to San Francisco to begin her education. She is a 2010 History of Contemporary Art BA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown at The Intersection for the Arts, The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, [2nd Floor Projects], and Southern Exposure. Her practice is diverse, sculpture to performance work investigating topics on assimilation, consumer culture, phobias, and socio-political passivity.

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