Jacob hashimoto – venice art biennale 2013

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Jacob Hashimoto is one of the most interesting young activists in the contemporary art scene. What he does with paper creates real magic – a ravishing cascade of cloud white paper shapes flowing from ceiling to floor like a waterfall frozen by winters icy breath. Viewing the piece fills you with a deep and profound stillness. Jacob hashimoto is perhaps best-known for his installations in which he creates large-scale sculptural forms out of thousands of ‘kites’. Drawing on the tradition of kite making, he creates each
of the kites by hand, using bamboo rods, string, and offset prints. For all of their exquisite lightness and ethereality, the sculptures are expression of air, light, and space.

Gas giant

A large-scale site-specific installation by jacob hashimoto takes over the rooms of the fondazione querini stampalia during the 2013 venice art biennale
from may 29th to september 1st.

‘Gas giant’ is a composition of 10,000 bamboo paper kites which have been made and hand-painted by the new york-based artist. the stylistic elements bring about a sense of nostalgia for hashimoto, reminding him of his childhood-drawing on connection to nature, rather than a direct relationship to his japanese origins.

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Jacob hashimoto at ronchini gallery

the site-specific installation entitled ‘the other sun’ is composed of hundreds of small paper kite elements which are a signature of
the american born artist. these delicate components are made using traditional kite-making techniques whereby paper is adhered
to bamboo frames of varying sizes. the resulting individual parts are strung together and suspended from parallel dowels,
arranged into a larger layered, sculptural landscape which looms above the viewer.

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Layered kite installation

jacob hashimoto‘s threads together intricately-crafted miniature ‘kites’ to form monumental tapestries, alluding to imagery found within analog vistas,
video games and other types of early digital displays – with his latest iteration titled ‘near the edge of the world’. these kite elements are roped together in chains,
which are then stretched taut between short dowels that project from wall-mounted brackets, generating a heavily layered fusion of image and pattern.
the work references the ‘meta-history’ of contemporary art,  generating a continuously changing illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight.

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photos © joshua white

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