Los Angeles, Calif., ­–The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles will present a new configuration of artist Jacob Hashimoto's installation Gas Giant from March 1 to June 8, 2014 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. This exhibition will be the first L.A. presentation of Gas Giant and will mark Hashimoto's first solo museum exhibition in California.

Combining traditional kite-making techniques and painting into sculptural environments, Hashimoto creates massive space-altering installations with thousands of thin paper sheets. For MOCA Pacific Design Center, Hashimoto is producing the third and final edition of Gas Giant. The work was previously presented in Venice, Italy in 2013 at Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Studio la Città and in Chicago in 2012 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Beginning on the ground floor with black-and-white clouds of box kites, Gas Giant chromatically rises up the stairs and erupts into the second-floor gallery with a kaleidoscopic explosion of light and color.     
Hashimoto's work emerges from a history of abstraction and traditional pattern-making. And, while the voices of artists such as Agnes Martin and Jessica Stockholder resonate quietly under the surfaces of his creations, Hashimoto has uniquely developed his work into studies of visual experience in space, artifice, and craft that simultaneously combines sculpture and painting. With taut strings tied into thousands of knots holding painted and translucent sheets of paper, the artist binds the aerial and the earthbound, thereby establishing a direct relationship between the work and the viewer.

Hashimoto carefully arranges and grids elements to flow into elegant mimeses of nature, often posing the ethereality of digital production modes and 3D design against the analog physicality of sculpture. Nature and artifice, corporeal and insubstantial, representation and abstraction, earth and sky; Hashimoto deftly unites opposites.  Building and layering with simple materials—string, wood, paper and paint, the artist composes wondrous landscapes made only by hand. 
Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado) lives and works in New York. Previous institutional solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) in Rome, Italy; the Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden; Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice, Italy; and a site-specific installation at Schauwerk Sindelfingen, The Peter Schaufler Foundation in Sindelfingen, Germany. Hashimoto regularly exhibits with Mary Boone in New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; Studio la Città in Verona, Italy; and Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles.
Jacob Hashimoto: Gas Giant is organized at MOCA Pacific Design Center by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz and Curatorial Assistant Selene Preciado.
Jacob Hashimoto: Gas Giant will be on view concurrently with the annual design industry event, WESTWEEK 2014 at the Pacific Design Center which takes place from March 19-20, 2014.
Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.
Additional support provided by Robert A. Johnson.

Image credit: Jacob Hashimoto, Gas Giant, 2012, installation at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, courtesy of the artist, photo by Cesar Arredondo
ART TALK by Jacob Hashimoto
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3pm
Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue

FREE; reservations strongly encouraged at moca.org/rsvp
INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

Friday, February 28, 2014, 7-9pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Please bring your MOCA membership card to admit you and a guest.
FREE admission; no reservations necessary
INFO 213/621-1794 or membership1@moca.org
Also opening at MOCA in Spring 2014:

Selections from the Permanent Collection
February 8, 2014 – ongoing
MOCA Grand Avenue

Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA's holdings from the 1940s to the present. Representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism, as well as recent works by Los Angeles-based artists, the exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, and others.
March 31 – July 28, 2014
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

MIKE KELLEY is the largest exhibition of the artist's work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993. Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) created a protean body of deeply innovative work, which mined American popular culture, modernism and alternative traditions alike for purposes of a relentless, dark and delirious examination of self and society. This extensive overview brings together over 200 works from the mid-1970s until 2012 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Kelley has a deep and lasting connection to Los Angeles and MOCA. Moving to Southern California in 1976 to attend California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Kelley remained in Los Angeles after graduating, quickly becoming influential as an artist, teacher, collaborator, and experimental musician. Since his inclusion in the museum's inaugural exhibition, The First Show: Paintings and Sculpture From Eight Collections 1940-1980 (1983), MOCA has acquired 36 of Kelley's works including Pay for Your Pleasure (1988), gift of Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood; Silver Ball (1994), donated by Blake Byrne; and Garbage Drawing #58 (1988), a promised gift of Mandy and Cliff Einstein. Kelley's works in the collection have been included in more than 20 permanent collection exhibitions at MOCA, such as Sitings: Installation Art 1969-2002 (2003), Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years (2009), and The Artist's Museum (2010). His work has also been featured in numerous group and thematic exhibitions, including A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation (1989); Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s (1992); Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 (1998); and, most recently, Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 (2011). In 2004, Kelley co-organized Street Credibility at MOCA, an exhibition of photographs by Diane Arbus, her peers, and artists she inspired.

Mike Kelley is organized by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and curated by former Stedelijk Museum Director Ann Goldstein, in cooperation with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.Curator of the first exhibition concept is Dr. Eva Meyer-Hermann.
 The Los Angeles presentation is organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson. 

Cinema Vezzoli
April 27 – July 28, 2014
MOCA Grand Avenue
Cinema Vezzoli, an exhibition of works by Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli, is the final presentation of a three-part series presented at different international museums called The Trinity, exploring three key elements of the artist's oeuvre: art, religion, and film. The project began with Galleria Vezzoli at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome from May 29 – November 24, 2013 and then The Church of Vezzoli at MoMA PS1, New York, from Spring 2014. Organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz, Cinema Vezzoli will highlight the artist's interest in film-making and the history of Hollywood cinema. 


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