charlene tan: love forever

LOVE FOREVER
digital print with two LOVE FOREVER buttons in a plastic package.
edition of 200
$50

Charlene Tan’s homage to Yayoi Kusama’s “LOVE FOREVER” buttons photo taken originally by Hal Reiff that coincided with Kusama’s Peep Show installation at Castellane Gallery. New York, 1966 in which the artist reinterprets Kusama’s iconic photo and remakes the “LOVE FOREVER” buttons to invite others in perpetuating Kusama’s actions that inspired this work.
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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.

As a child of immigrants, assimilating and culture shock come naturally as breathing. Accepting and having the American taste for fastfood 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.

With this tangent that is a spectacle of hybrid post-culture consumerism, Tan’s preformace work is also addressing these issues. As an art history student whose main purpose is to be a consumer of knowledge and culture, Tan has sought to purpetuate iconoclastic actions and messages that get lost in the bombardment of daily life. The first of these re-enactments is “LOVE FOREVER” Charlene Tan’s homage to Yayoi Kusama’s “LOVE FOREVER” buttons photo taken originally by Hal Reiff. That coincided with Kusama’s Peep Show installation at Castellane Gallery. New York, 1966 in which the artist reinterprets Kusama’s iconic photo and remakes the “LOVE FOREVER” buttons to invite others in perpetuating Kusama’s actions that inspired this work.

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