(b. 1966, Jackson, Michigan)
Your General Store is a highly interactive and immersive work. Within an old shipping container, artist Jason Middlebrook has built a replica of a nineteenth-century general store. Using salvaged windows and wooden planks, the artist transformed the container’s cold steel interior into a scene out of a Western movie. Stepping into the store, we are transported to another era, when early towns in the West like Santa Fe, relied on such businesses to carry supplies of all kinds, from shoes to brooms to reading glasses. But Your General Store is no ordinary place of commerce. All the merchandise, hand-made or collected by the artist, is available only through barter.