On View: Jacob Hashimoto + Emil Lukas @ Palazzo Flangini, Venice

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Photos courtesy of Studio la Città, Verona

Palazzo Flangini, Venezia | May 13, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Internationally recognized artists Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas have been invited by their represented gallery, Studio la Città, to present a site-specific show at the Palazzo Flangini in Venice. The End of Utopia, which also runs during the biennale, showcases new bodies of work by both artists.

“Hashimoto and Lukas’s work addresses a question of newfound relevance: If art is arguably the interpolation of man-made schema onto nature—humankind’s order upon primordial chaos—then how does art’s meaning mutate, as we realize that the infrastructures, systems, and algorithms all originally designed by humans to bring utopia within reach, are in fact dooming its very viability?” (Studio la Città)

The End of Utopia Videos:
Click here to see Emil Lukas’s installation
Click here to see Jacob Hashimoto’s installation

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New Release: Jacob Hashimoto | Lemmata

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Lemmata | 2015, Portfolio of Five Hard Ground Etchings with Aquatint, 27 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches, Ed. 25

Durham Press is pleased to announce a new portfolio with artist Jacob Hashimoto titled Lemmata, a series of five hard ground etchings with aquatint. The prints, which are available as a set or individually, each measure 27 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches and are published in an edition of 25.

Each of Hashimoto’s Lemma (or a mathematical theorem that validates a larger proof; the singular form of “lemmata”) resembles a diagram for one of his wall sculptures. Composed of thousands of handmade bamboo-and-paper kites that have been suspended with strings, these sculptures invite associations with painting as well as textiles. While his diagrams are the starting point for these kite sculptures, Hashimoto presents the prints as finished artworks in themselves. Each image is both a metaphorical building block—even cornerstone—of a yet-to-be-constructed object and also that object’s barest, most essential form. At once complete and, in a sense, preliminary, the Lemmata explore the creative process and how ideas take shape and progress.

Like Hashimoto’s kite sculptures, the prints are informed by and expand on the landscape genre. Rather than presenting a single orderly expanse, he creates “collages of different types of optical space,” with references to landscape-based abstraction, modernist utopian architecture, and virtual environments such as Minecraft and Google Maps. Lemmata’s precise lines, initially hand-drawn by Hashimoto and transferred to AutoCAD, relate to these computer-generated worlds. Areas of plate tone and aquatint—a much more approximate process—contrast with the exactness of the etching by revealing marks of hand production. The artist employed both digital and centuries-old techniques, calling attention to past and present representations of landscapes, as well as the technologies that have inspired and propagated them. The prints consider how our notions about landscapes are constantly changing, as is how we understand and interact with our surroundings.

Lemmata is Jacob Hashimoto’s first project with Durham Press. For more information please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected].

Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado) is a New York–based artist who uses sculpture, painting, and installation to create complex worlds from a range of modular components: bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even Astroturf-covered blocks. His solo exhibitions include LA MoCA’s Pacific Design Center; Rice Gallery, Rice University, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Mary Boone, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Studio La Città, Verona; and Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA, Espoo, Finland; Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany; The California Endowment, Los Angeles, and numerous others.

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