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Barbara Hashimoto    Apr 6 - May 4, 2002

Barbara Hashimoto’s second solo exhibition at the gallery brings to focus the many facets of the artist’s work. The show includes mixed media sculpture and wall works, large-format photographs of some of her Japan-based installations, a performance and an installation that incorporates video and sound. While certain elements of the exhibition draw from previous bodies of work, Hashimoto contributes new ceramic pieces in which she combines manipulated books with her unique firing process.

Gender and political issues and elements from history, literature and popular culture permeate Hashimoto’s work. In the following excerpt from Sculpture Magazine (October 2001), Collette Chattopahyay offers an introduction to the artist’s work:

Barbara Hashimoto’s works explore the strategies of power. Surveying a wide array of contexts, she has studied Japanese manga images, Hindu moral story-books, and, more recently the European tales of Shakespeare and Zola. Defining a circuit of exchange between East and West, between so-called low and high culture, her works deconstruct both popular and historically respected voices, pointing to their patriarchal paradigms and whispering of both the failure and dream for a greater democratization of social power.

Since her last exhibition at the gallery, Hashimoto’s work has been added to Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Joan Flasch Collection, The American Craft Museum and The National Museum of Women in The Arts.

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