Jacob Hashimoto is best know for his paper installations in which kite-like forms float from ceiling to floor, often cascading across the gallery. Suspended from elaborate lattices are hundreds of repeated forms (kites made from bamboo rods and delicately printed Japanese paper) that extend into the gallery space. These installations were something to marvel at because of their complexity and the labor-intensive process of their making. In his current exhibition, Hashimoto departs from the site specificity of his installation works, creating wall based assemblages in which layers of 'small round kites' become dense patterns of overlapping forms. While the wall works lack the atmospheric impact of the installations, they are still amazingly complex creations--a web of nylon supporting multiple paper forms. Hashimoto's imagery, built from the layering of the circular forms, relates to the natural as well as the artificial landscape.
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