Past Event Highlight

Jacob Hashimoto’s Skyfarm Fortress

at Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24 Street

On Tuesday, October 21, artist Jacob Hashimoto and Japan Society Gallery Director Miwako Tezuka led our Circle of Friends members on an intimate tour of Hashimoto’s Skyfarm Fortress. For the installation, Hashimoto created a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling 3-D sculpture of kites anchored with a complex system of suspended open cubes that balances a cloud-like translucence with a heavy pixelated substructure.

Mr. Hashimoto, who was born in Greeley, CO and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, described for us a few of his personal experiences that influenced the work. He reflected on Minecraft, the hugely popular online building block game, and an early apprenticeship that had him waking up at 5 AM to craft Japanese paper, which instilled a sense of the feel and behavior of paper. Additionally, the use of paper kites refers to his formative experiences flying them in Grant Park in his free time as a student at the Art Institute. He also described some of his challenges in installing the work, particularly that the weight of the installation almost tore down the ceiling of the gallery. And for the name of the piece, Hashimoto tied the name of the road he lives on with a nod to fort-like Italian Brutalism, allowing for the viewers to imagine the possibility of a fortress in the sky composed of thousands of kites.

We hope you can join us at our next Circle of Friends event!

Photos © James Griffiths.

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