Drawer Full of Stuff is an excellent example of Greg Curnoe’s interest in Dada. A “readymade” in the tradition of French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), the work is literally a kitchen drawer acquired from a friend, filled with a collection of the “stuff” of Curnoe’s life. There are disparate items such as a “wallpaper roller left by Grandpa Porter” and a “shaving bomb from the medicine cabinet (still good).” Curnoe valued the “things” of his personal history and used them throughout his life to create his art.
Personal, Local, and National: Greg Curnoe’s Vision
Greg Curnoe, Drawer Full of Stuff, 1961
Assemblage (found objects in drawer) on wood (painted wood drawer), 16 x 30.4 x 36.5 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto