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Minimalism + Poetics : 30,000 Suspended Paper Kites at MOCA

Posted on by Lauren Moss

Earlier this summer, MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles was transformed into a multi-dimensional interactive sculpture by artist Jacob Hashimoto, with thousands of colorful paper kites suspended throughout the interior volumes.

view from the top of the stairs

view from the top of the stairs

A unique spatial experience encompassing the entire gallery, the installation follows a literal and conceptual progression. At the ground floor, a series of tangled black and white kites hangs adjacent to a formal grid of circular and square kites.

gas giant / ground floor

gas giant / ground floor

gas giant / black + white kites

On the first floor, a big part of the struggle was to subvert that grid, to destroy it, tangle it up, and mess with it in ways that made Gas Giant more in conflict with the architecture to create a more interesting context for the work when the work is't perfectly in line with the sensibility of the architecture. That is why we see this kind of violence on the ground floor.  JH

paper kite detail / gas giant by jacob hashimoto

Progressing up the stair, thousands of billowing white 'clouds' soar upwards into the expansive, light-filled main interior gallery volume above.

gas giant / clouds at stair

Because the space is so vertical on the second floor, it lends itself to being hugely atmospheric. There is this very open, clean poetics, this big space that you want to feel big, because you can actually put artwork in all the different nooks and crannies of the space. We can draw the viewer's attention to the size and emphasize the verticality of the space, which a lot of pieces that have worked [previously] in the space have played with, but I think the way that this piece functions will frame it in a way that we have not seen before. JH

upstairs exhibition / gas giant

upstairs exhibition / gas giant

suspended kite detail

suspended kite detail

Pieces like Gas Giant really try to capture the sense of awe that we get when we walk into these kinds of large, sacred spaces, but also the way that you move through those spaces when they create narratives and their sense of purpose is built into the architecture.'  jacob hashimoto
lauren at the gallery

lauren at the gallery

The effect of the paper kites suspended from above and lit by the skylight beyond, while difficult to capture in two-dimensional images, is a truly stunning visual exploration of space, materiality and light...

skylight at main level

skylight at main level

color + pattern

color + pattern

suspended paper kites / gas giant, MOCA pacific design center

Learn about Hashimoto's process, influences ,  and read an interview with the artist at MOCA's site. View a timelapse of the installation below and find more images of various works at his website.

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