Broken Yellow Circuit

Jacob Hashimoto, American, born 1973



Acrylic, paper and bamboo on nylon

Overall: 60 × 96 × 8 in. (152.4 × 243.8 × 20.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ninah and Michael Lynne

© Jacob Hashimoto LLC



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name

Mixed Media

Research Area

Mixed Media

Not on view


Using unconventional materials, Jacob Hashimoto creates dynamic, ephemeral installations. Here, suspended by string and layered in fragments, handcrafted paper "kites" seemingly float in space. Together, they form a larger composition that evokes qualities of landscape painting, particularly Chinese ink painting and Japanese screen painting. Hashimoto describes his works as "abstracted landscapes," taking inspiration from nature, religion, video games, and traditional Japanese kites. The practice of constructing colorful kites is also a family tradition passed down on his father’s side. By reinterpreting elements of his cultural heritage in new contexts, Hashimoto blurs the line between tradition and modernity. The three-dimensionality of this piece also challenges the boundary between sculpture and painting. The yellow "circuit" running through the composition is constantly fragmenting, like a kaleidoscope. As you move around, how does the image change? How do the colors overlap and fracture to form new shapes and landscapes?

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 107, Coloring the Western Canon, curated by Chloe Jung '23, Class of 1954 Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 107, Coloring the Western Canon, Chloe Jung, June 25 - August 21, 2022, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.


The artist, New York, 2006; Mary Boone Gallery, New York, New York, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.

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