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Hashimoto gas giant exhibit at MOCA PDC is visual treat

a little slice of WeHo real estate that are the PDC grounds surrounding the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
a little slice of WeHo real estate that are the PDC grounds surrounding the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
copyright 2014 Lori J Bjork

As this article goes to press there is still a little more than two weeks (closing date is June 8, 2014) until the Jacob Hashimoto Gas Giant exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Avenue, moves on.

view of kites galore on the second level
copyright 2014 lori j bjork

The exhibit, which previously could be seen in Venice, Italy and Chicago, IL, is enjoying its first Los Angeles (L.A.) showing. This exhibit is also the artist's first solo museum offering in California.

Sometimes with art (in your examiner's interesting point of view), upon first glance there can be a tendency to be a little let down, leaving one wondering,

"Is that all there is?"

The MOCA PDC is a smaller venue whose first floor of exhibition space is limited, leaving one wondering,

"Is that all there is?"

Then you proceed to the stairs to access the second floor. You may notice that even this area of the MOCA was considered in the whole of the exhibition.

Then as you round the corner to take in your first glimpse of what awaits on the second level of two, one can't help but be WOWed by the beauty of the tapestry woven together from the thousands of kites of different colors, shapes and textures strategically and what one can only imagine as also painstakingly strung throughout.

As you stand and take it all in, you may notice that the walls are devoid of art. Yet, there is an ever morphing art show to be found on the walls from the play of light and shadow the kites cast.

As you return to the first level to leave the exhibit, you may notice the grouping of tangled kites takes on new meaning in contrast with the very structured grouping of kites you just left on the second level.

As you leave the exhibit, gone are any traces of

"Is that all there is?"

Jacob Hashimoto's bio on the MOCA web presence mentions that he

"is an artist whose work studies visual experience in space, artifice and craft..."

Clearly Mr. Hashimoto has a heightened sense of wonder. Surely he must have asked himself a plethora of questions to execute his Gas Giant vision from what materials to use to craft a single kite to which kites to include and where to place them.

Bravo! Bravo, Mr. Hashimoto! Bravo!

But wait! There's more!

One of the joys of any exhibit at MOCA's PDC venue is visiting a slice of WeHo (West Hollywood) phenomenal architecture that is the PDC. The fountain is mesmerizing. (Your examiner is a sucker for a great fountain.) The grounds are visually appealing and well maintained. And there is plenty of grounds' space to lounge and take it all in.

Another joy is the affordability of entree to the MOCA PDC. Until further notice, admission is FREE. Click here for museum hours.