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CULTURAL TIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS
2009-2012
Series of 8 sculptures
Cast foam, acrylic and ink
Each object: 18 x 10 x 1 in
Installation dimension: 12.5 x 8 ft

As the proverbial "Land of Opportunity," the United States has always had a steady stream of new Americans. For Cultural Tips For New Americans project, we gathered advice to help recent arrivals assimilate and understand their new home. We took advice from published guides, public forums, streets questionnaires, social websites, and friends. We illustrated those tips and incorporated them into eight foam objects in a shapes of open books.

Cultural Tips For New Americans project could be helpful not only to new arrivals, but also bring a fresh perspective and humorous look at the indigenous culture of America.

Those objects were part of our Casual Conversations in Brooklyn exhibition at Black and White Project Space, Brooklyn, March - May 2009. After seeing public reaction to the work and receiving a steady stream of new "cultural tips" from visitors they decide to proceed with an idea of placing the project in the public realm.

RELATED PROJECTS:

Cultural Tips For New Americans public art project, NYC, May 2 - 28, 2011. >>>
Cultural Tips takeaway at Toomer Labzda gallery, NYC, 2012. >>>

Cultural Tips For New Americans, Installation view, eacock Visual Arts, Center For Contemporary Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 2012


Cultural Tips For New Americans #1, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in

Cultural Tips For New Americans #2, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in



Cultural Tips For New Americans #3, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in

Cultural Tips For New Americans #4, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in



Cultural Tips For New Americans #5, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in

Cultural Tips For New Americans #6, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in



Cultural Tips For New Americans #7, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in

Cultural Tips For New Americans #8, 2009-2012
Cast foam, acrylic and ink, 18 x 10 x 1 in