A Junk Drawer exhibit was set up at the South Side Hub of Production in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. It is at the Fenn House, an old house which is suited perfectly to the old odds and ends. The Junk Drawer displays are on the second floor, and they’re in conjunction with a group show about objects and preservation.
A few built-in drawers in the upstairs hallway provided the perfect place for the some of the Junk Drawer installations.
This portion of wall was once part of the interior
of an old house, in one of its rooms, now removed.
With two layers of wallpaper, like rings on a tree, it
reveals the ages, the generations of décor, patterns
covered and concealed, and seen again here,
for one last time.
A junk drawer usually has a place to close into, to conceal its contents. But these drawers, without a place to be, have become like junk drawer objects themselves. Here, in a drawer, they form a collection, a pile of “junked” drawers, odds and ends, drawers in a drawer.