The United States is nearly crumpling under the weight of irreconcilable moral divisions, heaving with emotional turmoil from political tribalism. Even in this brooding atmosphere, a common ground can be found by listening to the unfamiliar. The artists in this show seek out our common connections as people who share spaces. The work in Typical America seeks to generate questions like: what makes the community next to you different? The same? How did guns and video games become part of our understanding of heroism or respect? What makes American nostalgia? And what constitutes a community, anyway?
This artwork represents an act of hearing and seeing an other’s perspective. Through representing marginalized communities, these artists make the very fabric of American society their subject, holding a mirror to the dominant American culture and demanding a reassessment.