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JACOB HASHIMOTO

https://jacobhashimoto.com/

Using sculpture, painting, and installation, Jacob Hashimoto creates complex worlds from a range of modular components: bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even astroturf-covered blocks. His accretive, layered compositions reference video games, virtual environments, and cosmology, while also remaining deeply rooted in art-historical traditions notably, landscape-based abstraction, modernism, and handcraft.

Jacob Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973 and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Ossining, New York. Hashimoto has been featured in museum exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, Schauwerk Sindlefingen in Germany, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland, Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Achille Forti” in Italy, Museo di Storia Naturale in Italy,  Site Santa Fe in New Mexico, Science Museum of Oklahoma, Crow Museum of Asian Art in Texas, Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, and the Boise Art Museum in Idaho. He has also had solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Studio la Città in Verona, Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, and Makasiini Contemporary in Turku, among others. His work is in the collections of LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, EMMA – Saastamoinen Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, The California Endowment, The Microsoft Art Collection, Avon Hospital Art Collection, Capitol One Collection, McDonald’s Corporation Collection, Fondation Carmignac, San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, Tokiwabashi Tower Art Collection and numerous others.

JACOB HASHIMOTO: GENERATIONS Clavé Fine Art

MOSTRE IN CORSO

SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS – 9 JUNE – 5 AUGUST 2023
Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland

The exhibition showcases a new body of work from the artist known for his intricate and immersive works made from hundreds of handmade kites. Hashimoto’s works are mesmerizing environments full of color, pattern and movement for the viewer to get lost in.

During his final year as a student, Hashimoto made about 70 kites in his studio. A reassessment of radical means of expression and media had begun. The painter’s tools were abandoned and the mark of the brush was replaced by what was to be the basic element of Hashimoto’s works: a monochrome or multi-coloured module – the “kite”.

Kites have a long history, since they have been made in China ever since the 6th century, but their story may go back much further, and they have been defying gravity for highly diverse reasons throughout their existence. Nowadays, kites are associated with exercise, leisure time and sheer dolce far niente– sweet id-leness. Kites are vehicles of optimism.
Behind Hashimoto’s kites is the Japanese handicraft tradition, complemented, for instance, by the Thai and Indian kite traditions. But Hashimoto’s ethereal kites do not fly; they are circular, elliptical, square or hexa-hedron-shaped modules, fundamental image-units which when combined can grow into large installations that take over the space. Hashimoto’s materially light art explores the boundary between sculpture and painting, along with questions of abstraction and figuration. Even as abstracts his works contain landscape-like features.
Hashimoto’s art can be approached in different ways. According to a more formalistic reading, the works are about his long-standing interest in the points of intersection between painting and sculpture, and between the landscape and abstraction. Hashimoto is interested not only in architectural space and variations on it, but also in the 3D-kinaesthetics of computer games. The kite-like elements can be seen as being pixels. The interconnected kites form clusters of different colours, out of which enormous mechanisms of movement are constructed, and then shaped by the ever-changing light and motion.

SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland
JACOB HASHIMOTO. SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland
JACOB HASHIMOTO. SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland

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Clavé Fine Art

From May 24 to July 22, 2023, Clavé Fine Art presents the work of Japanese American artist Jacob Hashimoto, in collaboration with Studio la Città. In its space rehabilitated by architect Kengo Kuma, Clavé Fine Art brings together a selection of 14 works.

The lightness of the materials used by the artist resonates with the walls of the gallery, covered with «washi», famous Japanese paper. If the artist is also known for his installations that can fill the void of a whole place, the Parisian gallery chose to exhibit dense and colorful wall works.

There are several pieces from the «kite» series. True composition work, circles of paper accumulate and overlap to give depth and lightness, playing with shadows and lights, like tapestries animating the space. Similar to paper sculptures, this work of assembly is not the only intervention of the artist since each element welcomes drawing, collage or painting before finding its place in these compositions.

Influenced by video games and brightly coloured virtual worlds, but also by the cosmology on which Japan has built its identity, the gallery’s mural work also reflects a natural sense of curiosity about the digital age. Between sculpture, painting and installation, art

The artist paints a world where daydreaming and meditation are closely linked to tradition and modernity.

This first collaboration between the artist and Clavé Fine Art is part of a rich European news for Hashimoto, which will be in the spotlight this summer in Italy with an exhibition of his most recent works at Studio la Città in Verona

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THE FRACTURED GIANT
Boise Art Museum

The Fractured Giant is a site-specific installation by Jacob Hashimoto in BAM’s Sculpture Court and marks his first solo museum exhibition in Idaho.  Combining traditional kite- and pattern-making techniques, printmaking, and collage into a sculptural environment, the artist has created an immersive installation with thousands of thin, hand-made papers.  Building and layering his materials within the architecture of the space, the artist composes a visually stunning landscape made completely by hand.

This installation is complemented by the exhibition Jacob Hashimoto: Fractured Giants, which features drawings, prints, and paper sculptures by the artist.

Organized by the Boise Art Museum
Sponsored by Bev and George Harad

JACOB HASHIMOTO. THE FRACTURED GIANT Boise Art Museum
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JACOB HASHIMOTO

https://jacobhashimoto.com/

Utilizzando la scultura, la pittura e l’installazione, Jacob Hashimoto crea mondi complessi a partire da una serie di componenti modulari: aquiloni di bambù e carta, modellini di barche, persino blocchi ricoperti di astroturbo. Le sue composizioni stratificate e accrescitive fanno riferimento a videogiochi, ambienti virtuali e cosmologia, pur rimanendo profondamente radicate nelle tradizioni storiche dell’arte, in particolare nell’astrazione paesaggistica, nel modernismo e nell’artigianato.

Jacob Hashimoto è nato a Greeley, in Colorado, nel 1973 e si è laureato alla School of the Art Institute di Chicago. Vive e lavora a Ossining, New York. Hashimoto ha partecipato a mostre museali presso il MOCA Pacific Design Center di Los Angeles, il MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, la Fondazione Querini Stampalia di Venezia, il LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, lo Schauwerk Sindlefingen in Germania, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finlandia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Achille Forti” in Italia, Museo di Storia Naturale in Italia, Site Santa Fe in New Mexico, Science Museum of Oklahoma, Crow Museum of Asian Art in Texas, Tampa Museum of Art in Florida e Boise Art Museum in Idaho. Ha inoltre esposto in mostre personali alla Mary Boone Gallery di New York, alla Rhona Hoffman Gallery di Chicago, allo Studio la Città di Verona, alla Galerie Forsblom di Helsinki, alla Anglim Gilbert Gallery di San Francisco e alla Makasiini Contemporary di Turku. Le sue opere sono presenti nelle collezioni del LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, dell’EMMA – Saastamoinen Foundation, dello Schauwerk Sindelfingen, del California Endowment, della Microsoft Art Collection, della Avon Hospital Art Collection, della Capitol One Collection, della McDonald’s Corporation Collection, della Fondation Carmignac, della San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, della Tokiwabashi Tower Art Collection e di numerose altre.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS – 9 GIUGNO – 5 AGOSTO 2023
Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland

La mostra presenta un nuovo ciclo di lavori dell’artista noto per le sue opere intricate e coinvolgenti realizzate con centinaia di aquiloni fatti a mano. Le opere di Hashimoto sono ambienti ipnotici pieni di colori, modelli e movimenti in cui lo spettatore può perdersi.

Durante l’ultimo anno di studi, Hashimoto ha realizzato circa 70 aquiloni nel suo studio. È iniziata una rivalutazione dei mezzi espressivi e dei media radicali. Gli strumenti del pittore vengono abbandonati e il segno del pennello viene sostituito da quello che sarà l’elemento base delle opere di Hashimoto: un modulo monocromatico o multicolore – l'”aquilone”.

Gli aquiloni hanno una lunga storia, poiché sono stati realizzati in Cina fin dal VI secolo, ma la loro storia potrebbe risalire a molto prima, e nel corso della loro esistenza hanno sfidato la gravità per motivi molto diversi. Oggi gli aquiloni sono associati all’esercizio fisico, al tempo libero e al dolce far niente. Gli aquiloni sono veicoli di ottimismo.
Dietro gli aquiloni di Hashimoto c’è la tradizione artigianale giapponese, integrata, ad esempio, da quella tailandese e indiana. Ma gli aquiloni eterei di Hashimoto non volano; sono moduli circolari, ellittici, quadrati o esaedrici, unità-immagine fondamentali che, combinate, possono crescere in grandi installazioni che occupano lo spazio. L’arte materialmente leggera di Hashimoto esplora il confine tra scultura e pittura, insieme a questioni di astrazione e figurazione. Anche se astratte, le sue opere contengono caratteristiche simili a quelle di un paesaggio.
L’arte di Hashimoto può essere affrontata in modi diversi. Secondo una lettura più formalistica, le opere riguardano il suo interesse di lunga data per i punti di intersezione tra pittura e scultura e tra paesaggio e astrazione. Hashimoto è interessato non solo allo spazio architettonico e alle sue variazioni, ma anche alla cinestetica 3D dei giochi per computer. Gli elementi simili ad aquiloni possono essere visti come pixel. Gli aquiloni interconnessi formano gruppi di colori diversi, con i quali vengono costruiti enormi meccanismi di movimento, modellati poi dalla luce e dal movimento in continua evoluzione.

JACOB HASHIMOTO. SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland
JACOB HASHIMOTO. SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland
JACOB HASHIMOTO. SILENCE IN FRAGMENTS Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland

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Clavé Fine Art

Dal 24 maggio al 22 luglio 2023, Clavé Fine Art presenta l’opera dell’artista nippo-americano Jacob Hashimoto, in collaborazione con Studio la Città. Nel suo spazio riabilitato dall’architetto Kengo Kuma, Clavé Fine Art riunisce una selezione di 14 opere.

La leggerezza dei materiali utilizzati dall’artista risuona con le pareti della galleria, rivestite di “washi”, la famosa carta giapponese. Se l’artista è noto anche per le sue installazioni in grado di riempire il vuoto di un intero luogo, la galleria parigina ha scelto di esporre opere murali dense e colorate.

Sono presenti diversi pezzi della serie “kite”. Vero e proprio lavoro di composizione, i cerchi di carta si accumulano e si sovrappongono per dare profondità e leggerezza, giocando con ombre e luci, come arazzi che animano lo spazio. Simile alle sculture di carta, questo lavoro di assemblaggio non è l’unico intervento dell’artista, poiché ogni elemento accoglie il disegno, il collage o la pittura prima di trovare il suo posto in queste composizioni.

Influenzato dai videogiochi e dai mondi virtuali dai colori vivaci, ma anche dalla cosmologia su cui il Giappone ha costruito la propria identità, il lavoro murale della galleria riflette anche un naturale senso di curiosità nei confronti dell’era digitale. Tra scultura, pittura e installazione, l’arte

L’artista dipinge un mondo in cui il sogno ad occhi aperti e la meditazione sono strettamente legati alla tradizione e alla modernità.

Questa prima collaborazione tra l’artista e Clavé Fine Art si inserisce in una ricca serie di novità europee per Hashimoto, che quest’estate sarà protagonista in Italia con una mostra delle sue opere più recenti presso lo Studio la Città di Verona.

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THE FRACTURED GIANT
Boise Art Museum

The Fractured Giant is a site-specific installation by Jacob Hashimoto in BAM’s Sculpture Court and marks his first solo museum exhibition in Idaho.  Combining traditional kite- and pattern-making techniques, printmaking, and collage into a sculptural environment, the artist has created an immersive installation with thousands of thin, hand-made papers.  Building and layering his materials within the architecture of the space, the artist composes a visually stunning landscape made completely by hand.

Jacob Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973 and grew up in Walla Walla, Washington.  He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He lives and works in Ossining, New York.  Hashimoto’s artworks have been featured in museum exhibitions internationally, including at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) in Rome, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in California, Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Texas.

This installation is complemented by the exhibition Jacob Hashimoto: Fractured Giants, which features drawings, prints, and paper sculptures by the artist.

Organized by the Boise Art Museum
Sponsored by Bev and George Harad

JACOB HASHIMOTO. THE FRACTURED GIANT Boise Art Museum