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#43 – Ken Harman Hashimoto

This week, Matt Gondek welcomes Ken Harman Hashimoto, a distinguished curator and gallery owner, for an insightful podcast episode. Ken, the creative mind behind Harman Projects, Hashimoto Contemporary, and Spoke Art galleries, discusses his evolution from an online editor for Hi-Fructose Magazine to a curator for esteemed art institutions. He shares his experiences running galleries across San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and his approach to shaping the contemporary art scene. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Ken's life in Brooklyn with his wife, their dachshund Tubey, and turtle Bonnie, and how he balances his personal and professional worlds. Join us for a captivating conversation full of art insights and personal stories.

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Ken Harman Hashimoto

Ken Harman Hashimoto is a curator, gallerist, publisher, and writer. He is the owner of Harman Projects, Hashimoto Contemporary, and Spoke Art galleries, with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In addition to his own gallery program, he has also curated and juried exhibitions for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mesa Arts Museum, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Previously he served as the online editor for Hi-Fructose Magazine and the San Francisco editor for Arrested Motion. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer, their miniature dachshund Tubey, and their pet turtle Bonnie.

Matt Gondek


Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.


  • Missing Person - November 2022 - Tokyo
  • Discipline - February 2022 - Mexico City
  • RATS - August 2021 - Los Angeles
  • Original Character - April 2021 - New York
  • Mood Swings - October 2020 - Paris
  • CONTROL - November 2019 - Los Angeles
  • Clean Break - April 2019 - Bangkok
  • Growing Pains - November 2018 - Hong Kong
  • Clean Break - May 2018 - New York
  • American Gods - November 2017 - Hong Kong
  • Glow in the Dark - September 2017 - Los Angeles
  • Unholy Hand - November 2015 - Detroit
  • Struggles - April 2015 - Pittsburgh
  • Kill 'Em All - September 2014 - Pittsburgh

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