Jacob Hashimoto

b. 1973

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Biography

Born, Greeley Colorado 1973 | Lives in New York City

Jacob Hashimoto simulates nature without purporting to replicate it. Based in New York and of Japanese decent, Hashimoto redefines Japanese screen painting with his assemblages of paper “kites” in undulating, interactive compositions.

Hashimoto’s artwork embodies his longtime fascination with the intersections of painting and sculpture, abstraction and landscape. Each work is comprised of hundreds of small bamboo and paper kite-like elements. These kite elements are strung together in chains, and layers of these chains are stretched taught between short dowels that project from wall-mounted brackets, creating a densely layered and fragmented tapestry of image or pattern.

The elements forming these tapestries are a solid color of paper, or a complex, collaged pattern of multicolored cut paper. While the individual components remain more or less abstract, overall, clusters of pattern, stripes, or waves of color are formed, giving the works a pictorial quality that suggests organic forms, vistas, scrolling video games, or even board games. Through this unique process Hashimoto’s works convey an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight. Hashimoto’s working method is very open-ended, allowing him to sample art-historical references, icons of the every-day, and mismatched narratives within each composition.

Exhibitions

2017 My Own Lost Romance , Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Another Caoutionary Tale Comes to Mind (but immediately vanishes),  Mixografia Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2016  The First Known Map of the Moon, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

Silence Still Governs Our Consciousness, Seehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, USA

Never Comes Tomorrow, Studio La Città, Milan, Italy

2015, Art Brussels, Ronchini Gallery, Brussels

2014, Gas Giant, MOCA Pacific Design Center

2012, The Other Sun, Ronchini Gallery, London (solo)

2010, Silence Governs Our Consciousness, MACRO Rome Contemporary Art Museum

2009, Superabundant Atmosphere, Palazzo Fortuny: In-Finitum, Venice

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