Prochronic, Synchronic, Diachronic – Through this Chance Passage of Light, I Turned and Walked Down the Mountain

Jacob Hashimoto

Tata Innovation Center
11 E Loop Rd
New York, NY 10044


This work by artist Jacob Hashimoto is made from thousands of individual kite-like elements that are hung in overlapping chains. Each of these elements is a small, collaged painting unto itself and as they are layered on top of each other, they, pixel-like, build themselves into a larger overall composition. They are paintings inside of a painting. The artwork, generally speaking, is built on the intersection of landscape and abstraction. This essential starting point allows the work to range hugely from straightforward landscape representations, to algorithmic abstraction, to world building. The conceptual intention of an individual work is shaped element by element, onto this foundation.

In the specific case of Hashimoto’s piece at Tata Innovation Center on Roosevelt Island, the way these artworks are actually built are their strongest conceptual connection to the mission of the university located there (Cornell Tech) and the aspirations of its student body. Each of the elements—the pixels—of the artwork is an individually considered composition that references art history, design, the history of technology, the math of pattern design, and more. As these references and compositions are juxtaposed and combined, they accrue, creating a greater, overarching composition, itself speaking to and asking questions of the language of our history, our technology, our understanding of the world around us.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Using sculpture, painting, and installation, Jacob Hashimoto creates complex worlds from a range of modular components: bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even AstroTurf-covered blocks. His accretive, layered compositions reference video games, virtual environments, and cosmology, while also remaining deeply rooted in art historical traditions notably, landscape- based abstraction, modernism, and handcraft.

Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973 and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Ossining, New York. Hashimoto has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Schauwerk Sindlefingen in Germany, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland, Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas, and SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has also had solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Studio la Città in Verona, Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, and Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai, among others. His work is in the collections of LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, EMMA – Saastamoinen Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, The California Endowment, and numerous other public collections.

 

Prochronic, Synchronic, Diachronic – Through this Chance Passage of Light, I Turned and Walked Down the Mountain, 2018

Bamboo, paper, acrylic, wood, and Dacron

60” x 180” x 8.25”