During the last ten years there has been a housing boom (and consequent bust. Homeowners searching for their now seemingly attainable perfect residence. As I watched larger and more ostentatious houses being built in my neighborhood I had to ask, “is the home an extension of the dweller, or were these constructions just idealized notions of a life not lived?”
A home is not defined by its structure but by the people that fill it as the saying goes. If a house costs a million dollars, who inhabits the space and what kind of dwelling can be had for a million dollars in Michigan, California or Vermont? Culling from the New York Sunday Times article ‘What You Can Get for A Million Dollars In…’ the series Million$ House reduces these homes to pure graphic space emphasizing the empty void a home is reduced too when looked at as pure commodity separatefrom human experience. This idea is expanded upon with the continuation of the series entitled Half Million$ House (after the fall). When the next New York Sunday Times article came out entitled ‘What You Can Get for A Half Million Dollars In…’ I imagined people reading the business pages and everything becoming a blur while their homes slipped away for reasons they did not understand. Physical space and phenomenological value does not fluctuate, the market does.