Fri, June 29, 2012

The Other Sun // Jacob Hashimoto


Based in New York and of Japanese descent, Hashimoto has exhibited at numerous museums, public institutions and galleries in the USA and Europe. Hashimoto works using traditional kite-making techniques on a grand scale from his studio in Brooklyn. Small kite elements are handmade from paper and adhered onto a bamboo frame. During the installation process, Hashimoto strings these kites together suspending them between parallel dowels to form fragmented and layered fields, creating distinctive, interactive compositions.

Kites cascade from brackets on ceilings, walls and floors to create enormous, undulating, sculptural clouds. Sculptures can be a solid colour on paper, or a complex, collaged pattern of multi-coloured cut paper. While the individual components remain more or less abstract, overall, clusters of pattern, stripes or waves of colour are formed, giving the considerations of sculpture and the pictorial devices of painting.

Hashimoto draws from a variety of art-historical influences, which explore the dialogue of Western painting. Each composition can be defined as a landscape abstraction referencing everything from American post-war abstraction, to 70’s pattern design, hard-edged painting and postmodern 90’s slacker painting.

As visitors walk around, under and through the sculpture they encounter the texture, lighting and angle of the work which shifts and changes to the individual as they explore its architecture from their own perspective, creating an intensely personal experience. Hashimoto’s work creates a sculptural environment conveying a sense of wonder and playfulness.

Via Ronchini GalleryJacob Hashimoto








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