An Infinite Expanse of Sky
An Infinite Expanse of Sky, A Custom Mount for a Kite
Overall view from the left side of the mounted kite.
The 8 1/8” x 11 ½” kite is from the January 20, 1998-September 26,1999 installations at the MCA Chicago. Photos of the installation can be seen here: www.mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/1998/Jacob-Hashimoto-An-Infinite-Expanse-Of-Sky. The installation consisted of 10,000 handmade kites which were suspended from the ceiling to form a single arch above the seating area in the café. The installation was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.
Jacob Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973 and currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York. In his work Kite from An Infinite Expanse of Sky from 1997, Hashimoto redefines the screen painting of Japan through the assemblage of small paper ‘kites’ modeled after a traditional kite style from Northern Japan with imagery of white clouds on a sky-blue ground. Hashimoto takes each of these repeated compositions and layers them into larger arrangements hanging them from the ceiling, resulting in an expansive and playful organic flowing wave. By grouping 10,000 individual kites, he creates a sculptural landscape, simulating nature with an illusion of motion.
A custom tabletop mount was fabricated for support and minimal display of the piece to highlight the details of the handmade kite. The mount was finished in white while the back of the armature was toned to visually integrate with the kite’s construction on the contact points. The museum-quality mount supports the weight of the piece without the use of adhesive or compression of the artwork.
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