I never intended to do this site for this long. But whenever the end of August rolls around I always feel that my Saturday (and occasional Sunday) mornings for the past years were not wasted. A few weeks ago anticipating another anniversary for Yard Sale Addict I took an inventory of my past work. Looking back I have documented over 722 yard and estate sales. I have published online over 1828 photographs. The work has resulted in four exhibitions at galleries in Georgia and Tennessee. I have received a multitude of good reviews and write-ups in the press both locally and nationally. My yard sale installation at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center was included as one of the top ten visual arts events of 2006. In all I’m find myself a bit surprised by it all. But two dreams have been deferred- where is my book deal and where is my NPR feature?
Getting a book published is one of those -100 things you should do before you die things. I’m not dying but the guy who wrote the 100 Things to Do Before you Die book did recently pass away. Sadly he did not do all the things in the book before he left this world. I have been told what I need to do to get published and I just haven’t done those things so, maybe the fifth year of YSA will see that dream come to a reality. As for the NPR thing, well when I started I thought that this site just sounded like something All Things Considered or Morning Edition would cover. I was called by one of NPR’s programmers last year but I never did make it on the air. So this year I’m waiting for another call.
In other dreams I would like to have a show at the Whitney, be represented by the Saatchi Gallery and receive a McArthur Fellowship.
I would also like to increase my fiscal reward for these years of work? So please click on the ads on the sidebar as often as possible.
I am very pleased to see what I am doing has paved the way for others. Most notably Yard Sale Bloodbath out of Seattle. Megan and Jenny’s site is fun and well conceived. I still don’t know what they do with all that stuff in their trunk. But I would most of all like to thank all those who read this site (please leave more comments) and especially all those who put their belongings out in their yards early on weekend mornings and tolerate my invasive perusal of their clutter and the clicking of my camera’s shutter.
If I can't get a show at the Whitney the Art Institute of Chicago will be fine.