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BARBARA HASHIMOTO: JUNK MAIL, AN EVENING OF JUNK MAIL CONFESSIONS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by got2write

Artist Barbara Hashimoto and Director R. O’Donnell tape junk mail confessions 

BARBARA HASHIMOTO: Junk Mail  will hold a special reception on Friday, September 12 from 6 to 10 PM at 2003 South Halsted Street, Chicago.  The event is held in conjunction with the Chicago Arts District’s 2nd Friday Gallery Walk. Throughout the evening, exhibition visitors will be invited to share their junk mail experiences, rants, and confessions. Their stories will be videotaped for presentation at the exhibition in November.

A new series of installations incorporating the Hashimoto’s year-long collection of junk mail will be on view along with the premiere her “Red Sea of Credit” an installation built from junk mail credit card solicitations. Michael Kozien’s suite of video and sound junk mail explorations will also be presented.

For an entire year artist Barbara Hashimoto collected and hand-shredded the junk mail that came to her studio address. At year’s end she had 3,000 cubic feet of shredded material.  Her 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: Junk Mail presents an evolving schedule of shredded junk mail installations, associated works, visiting guest artists, and special events. The exhibition continues until December 31, 2008 and is open every Saturday from 12 noon to 4 PM, with receptions every 2nd Friday. The exhibition is installed and lit for public viewing through the 45-foot floor-to-ceiling storefront windows.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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). Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art on Paper, Sculpture Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and more. 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). Her most recent exhibitions include a seventeen years retrospective at Dubhe Carreño Gallery (Chicago), and Reverse Trash Streams: The Junk Mail Project at LA Contemporary (Los Angeles). 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.  

Richard O’Donnell is a playwright, producer, actor, and stand-up. He has worked and lived in New York and Chicago where he has written and performed for the stage and television. O’Donnell wrote the award-winning Off-Broadway show One & One, Radio City Music Hall’s A Manhattan Showboat, and co-founded the New Age Vaudeville theatre company, the New Variety cabaret, and the Fox TV show, R. Rated. O’Donnell is the Director of Junk Mail Confessions, which will be presented at the exhibition, BARBARA HASHIMOTO: Junk Mail in November 2008.

Michael Kozien is an interdisciplinary artist who merges video, sound, photography and animation to create ethereal installations that spotlight the misrepresentation of human value as filtered through contemporary media sources.  His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues internationally, including Le Musee di-visioniste, Cologne, Germany, Thread-Waxing Space, NYC, and R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA.  Michael holds a BFA in painting from Southern Illinois University and an MFA in digital media from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His work has been reviewed inThe New York Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Chicago Tribune, and more.

> Barbara Hashimoto Website

> Richard O’Donnell Wikipedia

> photos: Archie FlorCruz, Whateverland.com

source: R. Productions

‘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,  www.whateverland.com

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, www.whateverland.com

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.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:

JUNK MAIL LANDSCAPES
July 11 – September 13

Guest Artist | Michael Kozien | sound and video

JUNK MAIL INTERIORS
September 26 – October 25

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

JUNK MAIL 101
November 1 – 31

Guest Artist | R. O’Donnell | performance

JUNK MAIL CHRISTMAS
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.

www.barbarahashimoto.com

http://r-productions.com/?s=barbara+hashimoto

contact@r-productions.com

* Photo: Archie FlorCruz, http://www.whateverland.com

BARBARA HASHIMOTO: JUNK MAIL STILL WHITE TRASH

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , on July 12, 2008 by got2write

Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail exhibit having a six-month run care of The Chicago Arts District, has opened its gallery doors to the public, 2003 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. The exhibit, which explores how Junk Mail intrudes on our daily life, is also open during the traditional 2nd Friday Gallery Walk that has made the Art District of East Pilsen famous to locals and tourists alike.

The public is invited to see the Junk Mail Landscapes (guest artists Michael Kozien will also present a suite of video and sound junk mail explorations), and “White Trash: Available”. Sit in front of the mounds of hand shredded junk mail and be taped making “true” Junk Mail Confessions. This is your chance to make something useful out of over a year’s worth of hand-shredded paper by fine artist Barbara Hashimoto. “Advertisers need to be more conscious of people’s right to quality of life,” says Hashimoto from a packed gallery opening this past Friday, “Junk mail is an intrusion into that right.”

Other special events throughout the year include Junk Mail Landscapes, Junk Mail Interiors, and Junk Mail Christmas where trees will be decorated using hand shredded Holiday 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.

Born in New Jersey and educated at Yale, Hashimoto’s work has been exhibited throughout Japan, The U.S. 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 (New York) and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

> Barbara Hashimoto Website

BARBARA HASHIMOTO: JUNK MAIL EXHIBIT OPENS DOORS TONIGHT

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , on July 11, 2008 by got2write

 

Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail exhibit, having a six-month run care of The Chicago Arts District, will open its gallery doors for a reception from 6-10 PM this Friday, July 11 at 2003 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. The reception will be held during the traditional 2nd Friday Gallery Walk that has made the Art District of Pilsen famous to locals and tourists alike.

The growing body of shredded (by hand) junk mail is about to engulf the entire building. It’s unusual and spectacular to say the least. That’s why photographer Adair Sanchez stood outside (in relative safety) and began clicking away. The results where posted on his flickr photostream and then picked up by journalist Ricky Burke’s twitter, mobblogged to friends and foes alike.

The public is invited to see the Junk Mail Landscapes (guest artists Michael Kozien will present a suite of video and sound junk mail explorations), and “White Trash: Available”he Arts.

> Barbara Hashimoto Website