Jacob Hashimoto’s installations consist of several small objects made from bamboo and silk or paper, which are joined together in larger compositions. These works embody his long-time fascination with the intersections of painting and sculpture; abstraction and landscape.
Bildmuseet presents Superabundant Atmosphere, which is an installation consisting of thousands of ellipses of bamboo and silk hanging from the ceiling by distinctly black threads. The installation fills the entire exhibition hall and creates a cloud-like formation that appears to permeate through the ceiling.
Parts of another work, Infinite Expanse of Sky, are displayed in the exhibition hall’s north and west window niches. The installation is constructed of rectangular paper kites with a sky blue and white cloud print. The kites are also visible from the outside, through the museum windows.
The American artist Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Bildmuseet’s exhibition is the first presentation of his work in Sweden. Jacob Hashimoto uses the traditional kite-making techniques and forms to construct his three dimensional wall works. Existing as neither sculpture nor painting, Hashimoto's compositions delicately float before the eye, mounted on an intricate network of interlaced nylon thread suspended from the wall by a line of pegs at both top and bottom. Tied to this support are hundreds of swatches of rice paper and bamboo slivers - some collaged or painted with complex designs - dangling in abstracted motifs. 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.
Solo presentations include: Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2011); Studio la Città, Verona (2011); Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki (2011); MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome (2010); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2010); Martha Otero, Los Angeles (2009); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2009); Studio la Città, Verona (2008); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2007); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (2007); Studio la Città, Verona (2006); Rice Gallery, Rice University, Houston (2005); San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California (2004); Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma (2004); Galleria Traghetto, Venice (2004); Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (2004); Studio la Città, Verona (2003); Studio la Città, Verona (2002); Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica (2001); Galerie Lucien Durand-Le Gaillard, Paris (2000); Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica (2000); Galerie Lucien Durand-Le Gaillard, Paris (2000); Studio la Città, Verona (1999); Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago (1999); Galleria La Nuova Pesa, Rome (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1998); Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica (1998); Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago (1997); Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago (1996). He has participated in various group shows such as In-Finitum at the Palazzo Fortuny during the Venice Biennale (2009) and Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture at The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009).
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