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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.

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

BARBARA HASHIMOTO: JUNK MAIL IN WHATEVER LAND

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by got2write

 

 

Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail exhibition, sponsored by the Chicago Art District & Podmajersky, Inc.,  has landed on Whatever Land. Thanks to photographer Archie Florcruz, a guest at the 2nd Friday Gallery Walk (2003 S. Halsted Street, East Pilsen, Chicago,) Hashimoto’s junk mail creations landed on his popular photo sharing site Whatever Land.

Florcruz posted “Junk Mail Landscapes” and “White Trash: Available” plus guest artists Michael Kozien’s suite of video and sound junk mail explorations. He also clicked away as guests sat in front of the mounds of hand shredded junk mail while being taped making “true” Junk Mail Confessions. Here was a chance for the photojournalist to document over a year’s worth of hand-shredded junk mail 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 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.

> Whateverland Hashimoto: Junk Mail Photos

> Barbara Hashimoto Website

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, ARTIST ON PREMISES TODAY

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

Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail exhibit, having an extended six-month run care of The Chicago Arts District, will open its doors from 12-4 PM today, July 12th at 2003 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. Come in and meet and greet fine artist Barbara Hashimoto, walk in the mounds of landscaping created solely out of a years worth of shredded junk mail, and play in the White Trash Available exhibit. The Barbara Hashimoto: Junk Mail, a multimedia exhibit is housed in a spacious gallery in East Pilsen famous to locals and tourists alike.

> Barbara Hashimoto Website

> photographer Adair Sanchez