Jacob Hashimoto constructed a 34-foot-tall three-dimensional building inside of Mary Boone Gallery on 24th Street. More than 15,000 kites hang from the ceiling -- there are circles, squares and hexagons, some multicolored with designs and patterns, some in solid vibrant hues. There is magic in the geometry of translucency and it's an immersive experience that embraces the spectator shape after shape. This is Hashimoto's first East Coast site-specific installation and it serves as a counterpoint to his immense Gas Giant that opened at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles in March 2014. I was lucky enough to chat with him about his installation and gain some additional insight into his inspirations and process.
Maria Brito: I read somewhere that in building this installation you got some inspiration from Minecraft. That's brilliant and so current. I can see some of the parallels with the super popular video game.