super-elastic collisions (origins, and distant derivations)
September 14 – October 20, 2012
Opening Reception for the Artist
Friday, September 14, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present "super-elastic collisions (origins, and distant derivations)", our third solo exhibition by artist Jacob Hashimoto.
Hashimoto has consistently created massive, space-altering installations throughout his career. Often employing colorful paper structures, he plays with alterations of space and our surrounding environment in his multi-layered and geometrically complex works, evoking the phenomenological effect of nature through elements of artifice. This exhibition includes two monumental installations that mark the beginning of a new body of work in Hashimoto’s career and are considered by the artist to be his most ambitious installations to date.
"super-elastic collisions and distant derivations,“ is an abstraction of interwoven trees which emerge from the room center and envelop the viewer under arcs of maple cubes. Simultaneously portraying a weightlessness cloud and arching tree limbs the installation explores the idea of viewing nature as a digital and analogue landscape, further emphasizing the artists’ fascination with our environment and the various portrayals and simplifications of the elements that define it. Hashimoto creates artworks that consumes us, yet expose
the process of their creation and essential origin-complex masses comprised of fundamental objects.
"Gas Giant" is the latest chapter of Hashimoto’s recent large-scale kite installations, and is composed of cube-shaped kites in colorful groupings that hang from the ceiling of the large gallery space. Nature is alluded to in this work as well as a drifting, gravity-less cloud of land mixes with imagery of sky. Simultaneously controlled yet loose, violent yet stayed, the installation conveys the powerful and overwhelming sensation of watching a natural phenomenon while simultaneously illustrating the subjective nature of memory and the elements which conjure it.
Exhibited in the middle gallery space are drawings of sculptural works which reflect Hashimoto’s detailed planning process. Delicate lines and colorful gestures provide insight into the construction of his elaborate and multi-layered kite works.
Hashimoto was born in 1973 in Greeley, Colorado. In 1996 he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and in Europe.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery is located at 118 North Peoria Street, Chicago. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–5:30 pm, Saturday 11 am–5:30pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.