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Jacob Hashimoto, Skyfarm Fortress, 2014, acrylic, paper, wood, dimensions variable.

Jacob Hashimoto

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Jacob Hashimoto, Skyfarm Fortress, 2014, acrylic, paper, wood, dimensions variable.

To say that Jacob Hashimoto makes kites, then strings them together in the air, will do as a description of his process but gives no sense at all of the visual quality of Skyfarm Fortress, 2014, the installation that made up this show. To get a sense of the work’s presence, you have to understand that it contained thousands of kites, each a small square or circle of mulberry paper, from four to eight inches across, stretched on a bamboo frame; that the kites were multicolored, some intricately patterned, some monochrome, though even the monochromes kept a sense of pattern and texture through their visible structure of slender bamboo spars; and that Hashimoto grouped them by color and design, then hung them in large, loose geometries almost from floor to ceiling and almost from wall to wall of the gallery. Finally, the sloping roof at this gallery’s Chelsea space is a full thirty-five

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