Jacob Hashimoto, Silent Rythm

                                                          Galleria Traghetto Venezia, September 5 - October 16, 2002


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The serial multiplication of objects is neither rare nor new in contemporary art. Already in the 1930s Duchamp has created surrealist exhibition installations with the help of huge numbers of umbrellas, 1200 coal sacks, even with 16 miles of string... I consider that Jacob Hashimoto’s installations find their rightful place in this particular kind os artistic investigation... The endlessly repeated three-dimensional object (the solid sculptural volume) is submitted to such a process of dematerialization and abstraction as to emphasise its own luminosity, hue, and chiaroscuro, properties that have always been considered aspects of painting. The extension into the space-time of the environment then leads, on the one hand, to an architectural solution to planning and construction and, on the other, to an interaction with the public and a “personalization” of the object that recalls the theatre and dance. So the proliferation of the object creates uncertain and unstable boundaries, something that, like large numbers, tends to the infinite, to the unlimited and, insofar as it is in a state of flux, to becoming.

Mario Bertoni