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BARBARA | HASHIMOTO

 


PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE WITH JOHN LE CARRÉ more>

 

TOKYO BAY PROJECT
Sponsored by the Maki Gallery in Tokyo, Hashimoto participated in this outdoor sculpture exhibition situated on a natural beach area at the mouth of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific Ocean.  Grounded in an ethos that focuses on interrelationships, Hashimoto drew upon the cross-cultural, political, and historical aspects of this site while building an installation incorporating the historic architecture and natural plant materials at the location. 
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Barbara Hashimoto

 

 

PINK TATAMI
The idea for PINK TATAMI first came to me after I had spent the entire day cleaning the twenty four tatami in an old uninhabited wooden home in Tokyo. I pulled the tatami up out of the sunken floor into which they fit so snugly and piled them inside the room that was soon to be my new home and studio. I had never seen the underbelly of tatami before, nor the guts of a traditional Japanese-style room left exposed by their removal. It was a beautiful, vulnerable image. more >

Barbara Hashimoto
Pink Tatami | installation/performance | Japan
photo credit: Yoshi Hashimoto

 

 

BED OF JUNK MAIL
Bed of Junk Mail is a whimsical, sensual peek into the guilty pleasures of excess. The genesis of this piece came from Junk Mail Confessions, video-taped conversations with exhibition visitors in Los Angeles, Paris, and Chicago during the five-year run of Hashimoto’s project, Junk Mail Experiment. These soliloquies always began as a rant against the waste and intrusion of this unsolicited postal menace (junk mail), but frequently evolved into revealed private secrets of fantasy indulgences induced and encouraged by these slick advertisements and consumer catalogs.
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Barbara Hashimoto
video still by Petra Bachmaier taken at Hashimoto's Chicago studio in February 2011

 

 

SYNESTHESIA
Merging performance, structure, sound and light. more >

Barbara Hashimoto
photo credit: Allison Jumic


JUNK MAIL WITH GRAND PIANO
An imposing pile of this shredded junk mail, measuring 30x10x8 feet, was amassed in the center of the performance space. This carefully constructed barricade was identified as the amount of junk mail that the U.S. postal service had delivered in the previous nineteen weeks to Hashmoto's studio address.  Wall text contained "Junk Mail Facts" such as "Each year 100 million trees are cut down to produce junk mail." As Edward Torrez played on the concert grand piano, Hashimoto transferred her stockpile of shredded junk mail onto the piano until it fully engulfed both musician and his instrument.  Her movements, initially deliberate and calm, grew into a frenzied crescendo and then into meditative resignation. Buried in paper, Torrez continued to play, his final melodic lullabies muffled by the hundreds of pounds of paper entombing the piano. He succumbed to the interment as Hashimoto made a bed in the newly constructed haystack-like structure and fell to sleep. more>

Barbara Hashimoto
video still by Eric Hoffhines

 

 

EXPERIENCE {video link}

 

EVERY MAN WAS HER SLAVE {video link}
What Hashimoto so aptly brings to light through this performance, is the obsession of the artist, an almost denial of reality, which is, in a way, selective memory of the present tense. more>