Galerie Forsblom is delighted to present 'Deep In The Gravity Well', artist Jacob Hashimoto’s first solo exhibition in Stockholm. Since the late nineties, Hashimoto has gained international renown for his complex, intricate sculptures made from materials such as paper, string, and bamboo. 'In Deep In The Gravity Well' Hashimoto will unveil 'The Dark Isn’t The Thing to Worry About', an expansive, large-scale resin sculpture, suspended by string from the gallery’s ceiling. The piece that reveals several lesser known, more recently developed facets of Hashimoto’s studio practice: A multitude of flat, kite-like components making up 'The Dark Isn’t The Thing to Worry About' face various directions, referencing traditions of both landscape and sculpture-in-the-round, while challenging and destabilizing viewers’ propensity to seek out established vantage points. By using resin, Hashimoto introduces an industrial, durable material to his practice that contrasts the elements of ephemerality and lightness of other works for which he is known.
Joining 'The Dark Isn’t The Thing to Worry About' are fourteen newly created wall works, made from thousands of kites arranged in overlapping layers. Within these accretive compositions, larger forms and compositions seem to coalesce or break apart depending on the angle from which the artworks are viewed. In a time of when the world is grappling with the impact of social media data breaches – and the unbridled power found in patterns culled from vast collections of data points – Hashimoto’s recent wall works capture an awe and unease specific to the digital age, as we collectively confront human limitations in the face of endless pixels, data points, and other modular elements from which larger-scale orderings emerge.
Jacob Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973 and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Queens, New York, US. Hashimoto has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, US, MACRO–Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy, LACMA–Los Angeles County Museum of Art, US, Schauwerk Sindlefingen, Germany, and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland. His work is in the collections of LACMA, US, EMMA–Saastamoinen Foundation, Finland, the California Endowment, US and numerous public collections.