In spring 2009 I started a long term investigation into the field of garage sales. My practice includes the collecting, inventorying and reselling of artifacts. I've been collecting a wide array of objects, found or purchased at fleamarkets, garage sales, through eBay, etc. These items can be viewed as agents for a fictitious and temporary owner. Garage sales are part of a do-it-yourself-culture, where people help themselves and create a parallel economy. My work traces this otherwise unmapped trade and reflects on the ever-changing value of objects under given circumstances. I create a document of every item before letting it re-enter the commodity circuit through my own garage sales/exhibitions, using a scanner or a camera. As the project progresses, other materials such as sales receipts, invitation cards, polaroids, texts and more documents are added to create a snowball effect. Each garage sale generates new material for an ever-growing image database.
Within the framework of this project, I travelled to the United States and visited the worlds longest yard sale, also known as the 127 Corridor Sale, that runs along Highway 127 through the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. I assembled about 120 objects, and photographed each item in a locally chosen setting. 40 of these photographs form the series "127 - Imagine a golden piggy bank with no one to spare a dime", showcased at the 2011 Louisville Photo Biennial.

Strawberry Cake. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

!Garage Sale! at Stray Cat Bar, 09/11 2010  

!Garage Sale! at Stray Cat Bar, 09/11 2010  

 

Park National Bank. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

The Art of Andrew Wyeth. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

stamp detail  

Staples, fresh off print. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches)

!Garage Sale! at Stray Cat Bar, 09/11 2010  

Postcard from the 127 Corridor Sale. Polaroid, cardboard, electrical tape. 14 x 9 cm  

Kudzu Forest. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

127 - installation view at Helmhaus Zurich. 2010

Slippers. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

!Garage Sale! at Stray Cat Bar, 09/11 2010  

Craftsman Tool Box. Dye Transfer Print (10x10 inches), stamped, titled and dated on recto

!Garage Sale! at Silcar Garage, March 2009  

Tennis racket. Scan

Turban. Scan