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Jacob Hashimoto is an artist known for his traditional kite-works. Hashimoto has created several big installations of bamboo and paper elements in spaces like, the Mary Boone Gallery and MOCA Pacific Design Center.
Hashimoto strings his materials together, creating multiple layers and masses of a work that feels sculptural and looks pictorial.
For his large-scale, site-specific installation, Skyfarm Fortress, the artist worked with his signature materials, thousands of strung together kites, made out of bamboo and paper. Hashimoto covered the ceiling of the space with his colorful creations that created a solid architectural shape, reminding one of an upside-down construction model. Its complex system of paper works form various sculptural shapes that look different according to where the visitor stands.
These cloud-like creations stand as a commanding grid above and and next to the visitor, while the pillars that hang from the ceiling give this piece an ethereal, but also a dynamic characteristic. The continuous artistic flow forms a narration that invites the visitor to explore the installation in their own way and see it as both a whole piece and a compound of many pieces.