Sky Columns: Jacob Hashimoto

Sky Columns, 2013

Jacob Hashimoto creates entrancing installations with paper and bamboo using 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.

Hashimoto’s work is often described as ephemeral, but for me, his installations convey a poetic ambiguity and a magical, dreamlike world in which to explore.

“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 continue to participate in the very human exploration of language and meaning.” – Jacob Hashimoto. 

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