HASHIMOTO'S JUNK MAIL TIMELINE
Barbara Hashimoto, as Artist-in-Residence, asks the 16-person
staff at the BauerLatoza Studio to set aside the junk mail that
they receive at the office starting on June 1, 2007. She incorporates
the daily hand shredding of this material into her studio practice.
In one month she has a pile reminiscent of a Monet haystack.
In three months it engulfs the concert grand piano in her studio.
The pile continues to grow. She begins work on a multi-media
installation and performance piece. Inspired by her intimate
handling of the shredded paper, a fondness of this material
develops; she begins work on shredded junk mail weavings.
"The Junk Mail Experiment" opens in Chicago at BauerLatoza
Studio with Hashimoto's performance/installation, "Shredded
Junk Mail with Grand Piano" in collaboration with musician/architect,
Edward Torrez. The exhibition is presented in association with
The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs' Chicago
"Barbara Hashimoto Gets All Trashy",
review of the Chicago exhibition, appears on staticmultimedia.com
Documentation from Hashimoto's Chicago
exhibition (including a video by Eric Hoffhines, photography by
Eric Young Smith, “20 Bars on Junk Mail” by 17-year-old
Chicago rap artist Styles2Rich, and a limited edition catalogue)
is presented at an exhibition at L.A.Contemporary, Los Angeles with Nancy Spiller. Hashimoto's weavings are
exhibited for the first time.
JANUARY - MARCH 2008
The installation,"Two Walls of Junk Mail" is presented
as part of Hashimoto's retrospective exhibition at Duhbe Carreno
Gallery, Chicago (January - March 2008).
APRIL - MAY 2008
Review of the Los Angeles exhibition is published in Art
In conjunction with Artropolis, Hashimoto is invited by The Chicago
Arts District to present The Junk Mail Project in their main exhibition
space at 2003 South Halsted Street (April 11-May 24, 2008). She
collaborates with artist Michael Kozien (video and sound). At
this exhibition Hashimoto shows her Junk Mail Weavings and documentation
of The Project. She also premieres her related work, "White
In association with The Seldoms dance
company's performance, "Monument", at The Ruth Page
Dance Center, Chicago, Hashimoto constructs a Junk Mail installation
in the theater lobby during the run of the show (April 3-12, 2008)
and presents a post-performance talk about The Junk Mail Project
and her artist residency at BauerLatoza Studio.
JUNE 2008 - JANUARY 2009
Sponsored by The Chicago Arts District and Podmajersky, Inc. Hashimoto
is invited to house her Junk Mail Experiment at the 2003 South Halsted
complex until the end of January 2009. A schedule of exhibitions and performances
are slated. She works with various environmental groups and hosts a rally at the exhibition for Forest Ethics's DO NOT MAIL CAMPAIGN.ws
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2009
The exhibition, JUNK MAIL EXPERIMENT: PARIS, is held in Paris at the Musée du Montparnasse, Espace Krajcber., Les Amis de la Terre- Paris (Friends of the Earth - Paris) organizes school children to collect the junk mail that comes to their homes.The children work with Hashimoto to build an installation at the Museum. Hashimoto collaborates with Paris-based film maker Suzanne Körösi.
An exhibition is also held at Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago (September 11 - November 7) with a live-feed video streaming between the two venues.