Gas Giant at MOCA Pacific Design Center
March 1, 2014
Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado), is an artist whose work studies visual experience in space, artifice, and craft through the use of materials such as handmade kites, fiberglass, marble and the skillful use of light. Hashimoto developed a system of fabricating singular "elements" with a combination of traditional kite-making techniques, then assembling hundreds of them in compositions hanging from gallery ceilings and walls. For this presentation, Hashimoto is producing the third and final edition of Gas Giant, an installation first presented at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, in 2012 and secondly at Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy, in 2013. Gas Giant will expand and adapt to the MOCA Pacific Design Center's space, beginning with black and white elements in the first floor, then progressively ascending chromatically via the staircase to an explosion of color and light on the building's second floor. In Gas Giant, Hashimoto explores ideas of landscape in contemporary art by emphasizing the process of creating by building up and layering-expressed both in the production of the piece and the visual experience of the viewer. Jacob Hashimoto: Gas Giant is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz and Curatorial Assistant Selene Preciado.