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‘Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail & White Trash’ Exhibition Tonight 6-10pm, East Pilsen, Chicago

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by got2write

Archie FlorCruz,

Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail exhibition, having an eight-month run sponsored by The Chicago Arts District, and Podmarjersky, Inc., opens its gallery doors tonight, August 8, from 6 – 10 pm at 2003 S. Halsted Street, for the popular 2nd Friday Gallery Walk that has made the Arts District of East Pilsen famous in Chicago. The public is invited to take a walk in Hashimoto’s “Junk Mail Landscape,” an installation made from the 3,000 cubic feet of shredded junk mail that she collected for one year. Guest artist Michael Kozien’s suite of video and sound junk mail explorations are on view in the adjacent project room.

Other special events throughout the year include Junk Mail Interiors, Junk Mail Stories, and Junk Mail Xmas: whereby fake trees will be decorated using hand-shredded Christmas catalogues and other holiday-related junk mail.

JUNK MAIL FACTS: 100 million trees are cut down to produce junk mail annually. The majority of junk mail is produced from natural forests.  In 2006, Americans received 77 billion pieces of junk mail. In 2006,
more than 15 million trees were cut down to produce the 1.8 billion pounds of undeliverable junk mail. (That’s above and beyond what was delivered.) 44% of the junk mail received goes unopened into the landfill.

Hashimoto’s sculpture, installation and performance work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe, and the Middle East and is in more than 250 public and private collections including The
Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Joan Flasch Collection, and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.  She is currently Artist-in-Residence at BauerLatoza Studio, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm.

> Barbara Hashimoto Website

* Photo: Archie FlorCruz,


BARBARA HASHIMOTO: White Trash & Junk Mail

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2008 by got2write


On June 1, 2007 Barbara Hashimoto, Artist-in-Residence at the Chicago-based architecture firm BauerLatoza Studio, asked the sixteen staff members to set aside junk mail they received at the office address. For an entire year Hashimoto incorporated the daily hand-shredding of this unsolicited material into her studio practice. At the end of twelve months she had amassed more than 3,000 cubic feet of shredded material, constituting the amount of junk mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to this one small business.

The genesis of this project was inspired by a number of mind-boggling statistics: AMERICANS RECEIVE 77 BILLION PIECES OF JUNK MAIL ANNUALLY and THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL SPEND EIGHT MONTHS OF HIS/HER LIFE HANDLING JUNK MAIL.  Statistics like these have taken hold of the artist both visually and physically.

Hashimoto’s labor-intensive yet intimate process has inspired a series of sculptures, installations, performances, and collaborations presented in Los Angeles and Chicago. Now under the sponsorship of the Chicago Arts District and Podmarjersky, Inc., BARBARA HASHIMOTO: White Trash & Junk Mail is envisioned as an evolving presentation with the year-long shredded collection changing, sometimes on a weekly basis. The public is encouraged to view this process anytime through the 45-foot floor-to-ceiling storefront windows. In the evenings the exhibition will be lit for viewing.


July 11 – September 13

Guest Artist | Michael Kozien | sound and video

September 26 – October 25

38th Annual Pilsen East Artist’s Open House | September 26 – 28

November 1 – 31

Guest Artist | R. O’Donnell | performance

December 1 – 31
Reception | Friday, 6 – 10 PM | December 12

Barbara Hashimoto’s sculpture, installation, and performance work has been presented throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East.  It is in more than 250 public and private collections including The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Art Institute of Chicago (Joan Flasch Collection). 

Previously based in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Hashimoto relocated to Chicago in 2006 where she is Artist-in-Residence at BauerLatoza Studio, a multi-disciplinary architectural design firm. Educated at Yale, she was also apprentice to Junko Yamada (Saitama, Japan), and artist-in-residence under “Intangible Cultural Asset”, Minoru Fujimori (Shikoku, Japan) and at Umdang Ceramics (Dan Kwain, Thailand). She studied dance in New York with Merc Cunningham and Meredith Monk, and butoh with Iwani Masaki inTokyo.

Her most recent exhibitions include a seventeen years retrospective at Dubhe Carreño Gallery (reviewed by Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune, February 2008), and Reverse Trash Streams: The Junk Mail project at LA Contemporary (reviewed by Kirsten Swenson in Art in America, April 2008). Currently her work is on view at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan in Your Documents Please, an exhibition which will later travel to Yokohama, Berlin, Budapest, Bratislava, and Guadalajara.

* Photo: Archie FlorCruz,