Obsessing Over Shopping Carts

Julian Montague, a designer in Buffalo, New York, is obsessed with shopping carts.

He writes on his website, “Over the
last several decades,
the stray shopping cart has quietly become
an integral part of the urban and suburban landscapes of the
industrialized world. To the average person, the stray shopping
cart is most often thought of as a signifier of urban blight
or as an indicator of a consumer society gone too far. Unfortunately,
the acceptance of these oversimplified designations has discouraged
any serious examination of the stray shopping cart phenomenon.”

He has made it his mission to categorize “stray shopping carts” according to an intricate identification system (here). Enter at your own risk, his notions are addictive.

Starting on November 21 through December 18, two pieces from “The Stray Shopping Cart Project” will be in a group show, “Sign / Age: Lost in the Supermarket” at Armand Bartos Fine Art in New York, including William Eggleston, Martha Friedman, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and more. “It seems crazy that my work is in a show with all these huge artists,” says Montague, “I’m hoping the gallery people won’t change their minds about me before the opening.”

His project is also featured in The Design Entrepreneur by Lita Talarico and me.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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