100 days 100 galleries; Day 37: Hashimoto Contemporary, New York and San Francisco

Contactphoto courtesy of Shaun Roberts

Hashimoto Contemporary
 was founded in 2013 by gallerist and curator Ken Harman Hashimoto. You can find us in New York City’s Lower East Side and San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhoods, both spaces feature new exhibitions monthly. 

Carlos Fentanes (CF): You are one of the most popular galleries on social media.
When I think on Hashimoto I don’t think at a local or a gallery in San Francisco but in your presence on social media: Instagram or Tumblr. Are your online sales also bigger than at your gallery?

Hashimoto Contemporary (HC): Thanks for the kind words!

You’re Welcome! So it’s not about how big is the gallery, it’s about finding the right words to create a reaction and some luck too. Not all the galleries react the same to the same words.

I like Hashimoto’s style, for me the art that they showcase is similar to that of a graphic novel or a comic book. I wonder if that is in part because of their popularity in San Francisco and Social Media, we know that in the Bay area there’s a lot of Tech Companies, maybe is a cliché but I imagined those people like a character from The Big Bang Theory; and here we go again with the taste of the city. Maybe is my own perception but that’s the only thing I can talk about but don’t you think that what we call “Tech Nerds” like graphic novels and comic books and by extension they would like Fine Art with the same taste?

Sarah JoncasA New Leaf, 2019
MARK DREW
AIN’T RIGHT (MC LYTE), 2018
acrylic on canvas
36″ x 36″
ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
LAST CALL, 2016
assorted plastics and acrylic paint
8″ x 13″ x 9″

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