Print Wall: Jacob Hashimoto

For the next Print Wall, Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to highlight Jacob Hashimoto’s prints from the series titled The Necessary Invention of the Mind. The multilayered color works on paper combine relief and silkscreen and will be on view in the gallery and online to celebrate Hashimoto’s recent large-scale installation at the Portland International Airport. The prints feature Hashimoto’s signature kite imagery in dynamic compositions that reference virtual space, natural environments and cosmology.

In 2020, the artist created two large site-specific installations for the Portland International Airport titled The City and The Sky. “PDX is an iconic space in my mind. It was the big city to me when I was a kid, and the opportunity to come make artwork in collaboration with PDX was really inspiring,” said Hashimoto. “I am interested in how I can design artwork that is a pleasure to discover as you travel through it visually.”

Jacob Hashimoto’s art practice bridges sculpture, painting, and installation through entrancing and complex installations that shift perceptions of light, space, and motion. In the recent print series on view, Hashimoto combines different printmaking mediums and techniques to enliven his visual experimentations. Repeating hexagonal structures, kaleidoscopic patterns, undulating organic forms and energetically entangled lines continuously activate the eye and invite the viewer into the artist’s fantastically imaginative floating worlds.