Junk gets injected with a new life in the exhibition Wonderland. A load of rubbish – that’s what I saw when I set foot into Wheelock Gallery to view local visual artist Chua Chye Teck’s latest exhibition Wonderland.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not referring to my opinion of the show, but rather, its subject matter. For there, pinned meticulously to the wall, are 500 (5"x7")photographs of junk.

These pieces of junk are all small display objects collected by Chua from the Salvation Army, flea markets and donors. Each object was cleaned and captured against a clean turquoise background, drawing attention to its unique form, shape, texture and color. At the same time however, their sheer number threatens each to dissolve into a near-faceless crowd of images.

Ironic it may be, but it was these pieces of junk that prompted me to stand in the small gallery for a while and reflect on the notion of value.