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Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island

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The Trust for Governors Island is pleased to present its 2018 commission, Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island, opening to the public June 2 and on view daily though October 31.

Showcased in New York City for the first time, Hashimoto’s The Eclipse is a monumental work of thousands of delicate rice paper kites, enveloping viewers in a tangible, yet ever shifting fog. Originally installed at the Palazzo Flangini during the 57th Venice Biennale, the cloud-like work has been newly adapted for Governors Island’s St. Cornelius Chapel, winding, bending and at times consuming the architecture. St. Cornelius Chapel, owned by Trinity Church Wall Street, will open its doors for the first time since 2013 for visitors to delight in the piece.

Contrasting the installation in nearby St. Cornelius, Hashimoto’s Never Comes Tomorrow is a colorful, whimsical overhead outdoor installation adapted for Governors Island’s landmark Liggett Hall Archway. Constructed of hundreds of wooden cubes and massive steel funnels, this high energy sculptural installation plays with the architecture of the passageway, creating a virtual time tunnel or vortex between the Island’s Historic District and newly designed park with its colorful installation of forms. Never Comes Tomorrow merges Hashimoto’s interests in the systems of architecture, history and cosmology.

The exhibition is the first installation of works by Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island and his first major public art exhibition in New York City. Using sculpture, painting and hanging installations, Hashimoto creates complex worlds from a range of modular components, including bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even astro turf-covered blocks. Hashimoto has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Schauwerk Sindlefingen in Germany and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland. He is a graduate of The School of Art Institute of Chicago and lives and works in Queens, New York.


Generous support for The Eclipse and Never Comes Tomorrow is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund and Trinity Church Wall Street.