| august 2008
Hashimoto Junk Mail
Barbara Hashimoto, Installation view of Junk Mail (photo credit:
A landscape of mountain ridges is visible
through the wide windows of this storefront space in the Chicago
Arts District — or maybe it's a hay barn as envisioned by
office workers. Actually, it's a heap of junk mail refashioned
by Barbara Hashimoto, who spent a year collecting and hand-shredding
the fliers and catalogs sent to BauerLatoza Studio, where she
was artist-in-residence. That she accumulated 3,000 cubic feet
of paper speaks volumes about the so-called "direct mail"
industry, and her organic-feeling installation is both formally
lovely and ecologically alarming. Though the piece can be seen
from the street, the space is open to visitors on a few days each
month; related events continue through the fall.