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Jacob Hashimoto

My artwork is always made up of components.  I’m not sure why, but I generally felt like I could express more through the composition of many similar forms into a shape or mass than just one idea in one object.  I like the space around me to be compelling, I enjoy feeling encompassed by a manipulated or a naturally beautiful environment.  Like many artists, I feel as though sometimes I am harder to impress as time goes on, which is a shame to say.  Then again, when I do see an artists work that makes a strong emotional impact, it makes me very, very happy.

Jacob Hashimoto‘s work makes me happy just through the photographs, I know in real life, his installations would make my breath catch.  The work communicates such light beauty and stillness.  He has a powerful knowledge of composition, delicate and sophisticated, it’s the kind of artist I wish I could be.

Drawing on his Japanese roots, Hashimoto, (now based in NYC, from Colorado originally) makes thousands of bamboo and paper ‘kites’ to compose his three dimensional installations.

“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 Hashimoto’s working method is very open-ended, allowing him to sample art-historical references, icons of the every-day, and mismatched narratives within each composition.” (The artists website)

I hope you get the chance to see some of his work in person, with exhibition titles including – The end of gravity, Silence still governs our consciousness and Gateway to the Hidden Part of the Sky, I’m sure you will find something you like too.

Photographs from above: 1 & 2 Superabundant Atmosphere Rice University 2005

3 & 4 The other sun Roichini art gallery, London UK.  (finishes 28th Aug 2012)

5 & 6 Superabundant Atmosphere Palazzo Fortuny, Venice 2009

7, 8, 9 & 10 Jacob Hashimoto V, Studio la Città, Verona Italy, 2008-09