Last summer, artist Barbara Hashimoto asked a small business in Chicago to start collecting its junk mail. After 12 months of shredding, Hashimoto amassed more than 3,000 cubic feet of shredded material, all delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to this one small business.
Hashimoto’s labor-intensive process inspired a series of sculptures, installations, performances and collaborations (watch the video!) performed in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Chicago Arts District now sponsors Hashimoto’s junk mail exhibits. Come watch the process anytime through 45-foot floor-to-ceiling storefront windows. For night-time strolls, the exhibition is lit up. And mark your calendars now for the Junk Mail holiday reception in December!
We are inspired by this artist’s creativity, and her efforts to use art to bring to life the mind-boggling issues associated with junk mail. If you’re in the Chicago area, check it out and let us know what you think. Personally, I thought heaping shredded junk mail on top of the piano player while he plays classical music (it’s in the video) is fabulous!