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BED OF JUNK MAIL



Stills from the video by Petra Bachmaier.

Bed of Junk Mail | September 2012 | The Installation Experiment

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.  In this first public showing of Bed of Junk Mail, Hashimoto has created a fanciful vignette inspired by two seemingly contradictory forces: the innocence of Little Nemo in Slumberland‘s darkly surreal somnolent quest for the land of Morpheus, and the casual stark reality of Leon Bellocq’s Crib Girls of Storyville  (early 1900’s photographs of the private lives of the women of New Orlean’s Red Light District.) This installation is crammed into a tiny storefront window space further  referencing the Crib Girls and Window Brothels of Amsterdam (some of which in recent years have been converted into artists’ exhibition spaces) and the comic-strip framing of Windsor McCay’s Little Nemo.

 

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