Hashimoto’s vast breadth of allusions ranges from cellular automata to global upheavals – from Methuselah cell patterns to the Irish Potato Famine. Some of his visual references are highly subtle, such as the arched passageways of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, which invoke the Black Death, the deadly pandemic that wreaked havoc across Europe and Eurasia centuries ago. Other allusions refer to Hashimoto’s hometown, New York, which bursts into bloom with spring arrival.
Hashimoto’s works fall somewhere between painting and sculpture, combining the compositional principles of painting with traditional Japanese bamboo and papercrafts. His installations are made up of countless miniature paper kites that flutter almost imperceptibly in the changing light and air currents in the exhibition space. Despite the organically layered effect they evoke, his installations comprise abstract, graphic details that involved highly meticulous planning.
Hashimoto has been featured in numerous solo museum exhibitions worldwide, including MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, New York’s Governors Island, WAM Turku City Art Museum, and Rome’s MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is found in numerous major public collections such as the LACMA Tacoma Art Museum, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and the Schaufler Foundation. The artist is based in New York.
Gallery name: Galerie Forsblom Helsinki
Address: Yrjönkatu 22, Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Open: 08.01.2021 - 31.01.2021