When you live in a big city far away from your small hometown, and you meet someone from the a nearby hometown, the impulse is to find parallels and similarities between the two of you. Similarities don’t always exist. However, I can’t help but feel some kinship to the artist Jacob Hasimoto. He was born in Greely, Colorado, went to Carleton College in Minnesota, and his art has much to do with atmosphere, vista and landscape.
On the plains of Colorado, the sky and atmosphere are impossible not to notice. The weather is something you are inside, the wind is a constant. The sun shines 300 days a year, but the clouds move across the sky so fast that the light is always changing.
Hasimoto is of Japanese descent, and has taken the building blocks of traditional kite making techniques to assemble his amazing installations. He creates canopies of thousands of kites, suspended with black fishing line.
His artist statements starts: “Jacob Hashimoto simulates nature without purporting to replicate it.” It then goes on to read: “Through this unique process Hashimoto’s works convey an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight.”
From his bio at Studio La Città:
“He creates a sense airiness, a sense of being uplifted. The delicacy of his forms, whether they descend and envelop or expand and climb, creates as much a space for the spirit as for the body.”
I feel that way standing in the wind on the plains. He has managed to capture that feeling and export it.
I am so impressed with his ability to combine his heritage, upbringing and artistic sensibility in this beautiful and moving way.
He mentions the light several times, in relation to his work. The way the light changes through the day impacts the instillation. As the viewer moves through the work the shadows change, even inside the instillation is not static.
Hashimoto also creates more dense “tapestry” works using much the same techniques, but in a smaller scale.
All images from Jacob Hasimoto’s website
This is just a small sampling of his amazing work – go look because there is so much more.