We’ve been following the work of artist Jeremiah Johnson for a while, but now New Yorkers will get to experience his miniature houses made from recycled credit card application papers at a pop-up exhibition at Kotsabi World Gallery Space. Presented by Converge Gallery, “Never Enough” features Johnson’s sculptures, which take credit card applications (like the ones you might receive in the mail) and bend and fold them into tiny structures. The little homes are made from unopened pieces of mail collected since the housing crisis in 1997.
The homes on display at Johnson’s exhibition are not just random architectural designs – instead they are inspired by specific foreclosed houses in the artist’s own neighborhood. Displayed on their own pedestals, the recycled paper homes collectively take on the feel of a model neighborhood. The scraps of paper and envelopes are affixed with office tape, which will yellow with age and eventually lose its adhesive.
The mylar, plastic and paper envelopes were cleverly transformed into dormers, porches and roof peaks that one might see on a suburban residence. Each of the envelopes bears an address that Johnson used to live at.
After leaving Converge, Johnson’s homes will also be on display from March 8 to 10 at the Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory at 25th Street and Lexington.