For months I have been meaning to write a little blog post about Jacob Hashimoto and his entrancing installations made using Japanese paper and traditional kite-making methods.
Hashimoto, who describes his artwork as “landscape based abstraction”, has said it was on the advice of his father that he began making kites. When he was still an art student in Chicago, he told his father that he was struggling to convey an authentic and relevant voice in his paintings. His father’s response was that even if he was not painting, he should go to the studio to create something, even if it meant making model airplanes or kites…
His work is often described as ephemeral, but for me, his installations convey a poetic ambiguity and a magical, dreamlike world in which to explore.
“In my case, the artworks are built on a rigid grid structure and that is the foil, against which, the organic, flowing compositions are positioned. Given this grid of units, all of the experiments and elements of chaos that I develop within the work are given context in the piece. Things have meaning because of context and I think that juxtaposition of opposites is a terrific device to give new meaning to the artwork. At the same time, through such universal devices, I’m to continue to participate in the very human exploration of language and meaning.” – Jacob Hashimoto.