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WATCH A SHORT VIDEO OF THE LAINO INSTALLATION
AT THE HOTBED BOOTH: "THE GUST AMONG US"
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[ AFTERTHOUGHTS DECEMBER 12 ]


( One week after the HOTBED Miami exhibition had wrapped, Jessica Laino came to our studio to share thoughts on distinct aspects of her experience in the project. Included here are a compendium of quotes. )



[ Question: did you accomplish what you wanted? ]

I imagined one thing, and as it changed it changed the right way. The world makes it happen the right way.

It was a tremendous learning experience, having that opportunity. Being able to visualize something that would never happen unless I forced it to happen on that kind of scale and at that kind of venue. And it was just handed to us, it was awesome, it was like, "Yes, do what you want to do." And we got to do it, and had all that help with Javier [Javier Gonzalez, the Construction Coordinator] saying, "We're gonna make that work." That's the kind of thing I like about art, you can make anything happen. It was altogether a great opportunity.

[ Question: where did it leave you? ]

I feel like I'm a step closer... I can't go backwards from here. It was validating in the sense of "yes, someone wants you to do this, so go do it." And it's real. It happened, there's pictures! It's really encouraging.


[ PREP/PRE-BUILD NOVEMBER 15-26 ]


( In the contractor warehouse operated by her family in the Miami neighborhood of Kendall, Laino met with her uncle to get practical construction advice and suggestions for the final design and workflow strategy of her piece. )


[ NOVEMBER 2 ]
ELABORATION: quotes from studio interview

You walk in to the space and these fans in front of you-- mounted inside of a wall, illuminated from the back-- start up on your entry. I'm deciding whether I want to put a curtain in front of it, so people will go up to look at it and the fans will blow it up, and you get to see this illuminated fan-fence. And when you walk out it'll turn off, the curtain will go back down and hide it again, like, it's just for you. That's hopefully what the experience will be.

When I go somewhere I try to look up to see what's up there. Every time I would go into Bargain Barn I'd hear a fan noise and finally I found the fan it was coming from. It was this huge, huge ceiling fan, you could see the sky behind it.


It was slowly going, kind of humming, making this ambiance above you that you don't realize 'cause you're in a thrift store. You're not there to be looking up or paying attention to any of these pretty noises, but they totally create your entire atmosphere subconsciously. And I really liked the illumination it had from behind, it was opening up the space.

I'd like to think it's those little things that are what make you have a nice experience in any place, or a bad experience. So I wanted to zoom into that kind of space and bring it from up there to in front of you, and have it affect you with the air, the wind it will produce, the light. The experience of walking in front of it instead of having to look up. It'll be right in front of you and it'll be huge, a you-can't-miss-it kind of experience.

You'll walk in and say, "Why is this so plain?" and then there'll be this dramatic experience. Blown away!


NEXT: AFTER THE WORKSHOP
THE WORK GETS GOING


[ OCTOBER 26 ]
1st EMAIL w/ IDEA

I will choose one wall and create a false wall made of found wood panels. Majority of wood will be dade pine painted white. Inset in the wall will be one or two large scale industrial fans depending on the wall's size. The fans will be connected to a sensor set at the entrance to the space which will turn the fan on when the veiwer enters the space and turn off when the viewer leaves the space. This will create an intimate personalized moment between each veiwer and the piece/space. The wall will be back lit with fluorescent white day light bulbs. This will illuminate the cracks between the wood paneling as well as illuminate behind the fans. The wall will be installed similar to a cabinet door. It will appear to be open at one end which will also be illuminated.

Jessie Laino
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