HAVE AND HAVE NOT

2006

Have and Have Not relates to class issues, specifically the enlarging gulf between the lower and upper classes.  Grocery carts are significant objects for the dual-life they live.  On one hand, they are mass-produced items intended to promote a lifestyle of mass consumerism – used as a vehicle for purchasing goods at the shopping center.  Yet the moment they leave a store parking lot, their connotation becomes vastly different.  A shopping cart becomes a vehicle of survival, becoming a person’s home and a means of livelihood – specifically, gathering recyclables in return for money.  The perceived visual materials of the upper class are applied to a very impoverished way of life as a way of pointing out disparity. 

 

 

40”l x 24”w x 40”h

Steel, stained glass, wood, fabric

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