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03/24/2014 01:39 pm ET | Updated May 23, 2014

Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant at MOCA Pacific Design Center (PHOTOS)

This is a photo essay I shot on March 20, 2014 on Jacob Hashimoto's installation at MOCA Pacific Design Center as part of my continuing survey of important works in the Southern California art world. (More on my N(Art)rative Series below.)

From the MOCA Press Release: Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado), is an artist whose work studies visual experience in space, artifice, and craft through the use of materials such as handmade kites, fiberglass, marble and the skillful use of light. 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 Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Studio la Citta and in Chicago in 2012 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. This exhibition will be the first L.A. presentation of Gas Giant and will mark Hashimoto's first solo museum exhibition in California. Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz and Curatorial Assistant Selene Preciado.

Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant is made possible by the generous endowment support from The Nimoy Fund for New and Emerging Artists. Support also provided by Shoshana and Wayne Blank, Martha Otero, and Paula and Allan Rudnick. Additional support provided by Judith and Alexander Angerman, Susan Eileen Picket and Robert A. Johnson, and Jane Siegal. Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen. In-kind support is provided by Omni Los Angeles Hotel. In-kind media support is provided by KCRW 89.9 FM

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The entrance to MOCA Pacific Design Center. Photo by EMS.

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The first floor view. Photo by EMS.

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The first floor view. Photo by EMS.

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The first floor view looking up. Photo by EMS.

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First floor detail. Photo by EMS.

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First floor detail. Photo by EMS.

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The first floor from the stairs. Photo by EMS.

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On the stairs looking towards the second floor. Photo by EMS.

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Second floor view. Photo by EMS.

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The second floor looking up. Photo by EMS.

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The second floor looking up. Photo by EMS.

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The second floor looking up. Photo by EMS.

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The second floor looking up. Photo by EMS.

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Second floor view. Photo by EMS.

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Second floor view. Photo by EMS.

(This article is part of an ongoing photojournalism survey of art exhibition openings in SoCal titled EMS N(art)rative. Through my lens I document a photographic essay or visual "N(art)rative" that captures the happenings, personalities, collectors, gallerists, artists, and the art itself; all elements that form the richly varied and textured fabric of the SoCal art world. This reconnaissance offers a unique view for serious art world players to obtain news and information on the current pulse of what's in the now, yet capturing timeless indelible images for posterity and legacy. Here is EMS N(art)rative Four.)