John Carter

Artist Bio

John Carter combines fine arts with funky design to create pieces that brim with relevance and social commentary. His provocative attitude caused The New York Times Magazine to call him "one of 30 artists who will change our culture." UncommonGoods is pleased to introduce the "Walk/Don't Walk" chair by John Carter.

Carter says that he is inspired by using "the ritual objects of our civilization as social commentary on our disposable culture." As a result of his Cleveland upbringing, he is interested in industrial materials in particular, and has been particularly inspired during walks and bus rides in that city as well as in New York City, which he now calls home.

Early in Carter's career he earned a reputation as a NYC guerilla artist, creating anonymous irreverent works as part of a night time sculpture team. Now, he has partnered with sculptor Johnny Swing to start a movement known as "industrial chic," using objects like street signs and bowling balls in creating spectacular interior design work that includes furniture and interactive sculptures.

Carter attended Cleveland Institute of Art and the Skowhegan School and has a degree in sculpture. He has served as vice president of design with Spaeth Design, the world's largest display animation firm. He has created children's play environments for malls, and he is also creative director of Parker 3D, a company that specializes in large public display projects.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Metalsmith, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, Art in America, NBC, CNN, Fox, The Learning Channel (Junkyard Wars), the Asahi and Fuji networks (Japan), Cosmopolitan (Germany), Elle (France) and Four Rooms, a Russian magazine.

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