SOA Students Sol Hashemi + Jason Hirata at PUNCH Gallery

5 Mar

PUNCH Gallery2009-03
February 5 – 28, 2009

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, February 5, 2009

In Please Stand By; Stand By Me, Sol Hashemi and Jason Hirata present a two-part exhibition investigating flowers, wood, fog, and their friendship as artists. From noon to five, the exhibition space consists of sculptures, photographs, drawings, and videos. After nine, the exhibition space is converted to a window display, with fog and lights at scheduled intervals. Through PUNCH’s glass exterior wall, one can watch sleeping-bag-suited, headlamped Hashemi and Hirata interact.

Hashemi and Hirata’s work is a demonstration of binaries, polysemes and ambiguity of space. With movement through context they explore the perception and meaning of objects; lighting fixtures and Roombas take on new significance in their displacement and rearrangement. Hashemi’s Chrysanthemum has an indistinguishable background, and the flowers seem to float freely in space. The image can be seen correctly in any orientation. Hirata’s photographs of wooden sculptures were made in a two-player game. Hirata instructs his friends to fulfill certain objectives, for instance, to get three wooden beams above a certain mark on a wall, using only a set of 14 pieces. Eating Dinner with Headlamps, a one-take video documentation, is an organic unfolding of events demonstrating Hashemi and Hirata’s collaborative nature and friendship.

The collaboration continues after gallery hours with the piece Fog Machine To Be Activated At 9pm Tonight. As the title explains, a fog machine, which rests on a slab of maple, is activated at 9pm each night the gallery is open, filling the gallery space with fog. Hashemi and Hirata remain in the space, collaborating on new works and sleeping. At night, the space is transformed from a gallery of works to a work itself, as passersby can watch Hashemi and Hirata through the glass exterior wall.

Hirata and Hashemi are both senior BFA students in the University of Washington photography program. They both wear glasses, played trading card games as children, and have last names starting with the letter “H”.

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