Jessie Laino installs 4 MIL. Photo credit: Guido Villalba Portel

4 MIL, Jessie Laino (Miami, FL)
Miami Goes Elsewhere. June 2016. Installation: 4 mil contractors plastic from Elsewhere’s 2016 restoration, staples.

4 MIL encapsulates the Ribbon Room* installation exactly as the artist discovered the piece; Laino sealed the floor, walls, ceiling, and any items in the space with clear plastic sheeting collected from the near-end of Elsewhere’s historic building restoration. In addition to using and not discarding the found material, she communicated with exiting contracted workers about their experience transforming the building and assisted in returning the museum to function.

4 MIL invites viewers to experience and reflect on the impactful nature and necessity of change by walking on the room’s contents. The plastic tarp functions as a protective shield that collects visible dust, barricades future change, and preserves behind its armor. The frosted tone of the dressing muffles visual noise to create a semi-transparent time capsule that encourages deeper investigation in understanding and appreciating the materials under the surface.

*see also: Untitled (Ribbon Room Immersion), Reribbon Room, Beneath Milhauser’s Floor, Repository

Above: Visitors relax within the installation for the Opening Exhbition.

Above: Detail documentation of the final installation.


Above: Laino sources plastic sheeting from the restoration for the Ribbon Room.

Photo Credot: Amelia Nura

Catch, Jessie Laino (Miami, FL)
Miami Goes Elsewhere. June 2016. Installation: paper, staples.

Catch collects the delicate, fragile, forgotten, and discarded dust being created by everyday life at Elsewhere and the 2016 historic building restoration. With a shallow, white paper shelf mounted in a 3rd floor installation room, the shelf displays the tiniest fragments of museum collection.

What does it mean to collect? To collect things, to collect dust, to collect memories? Catch demonstrates the ongoing build-up of ever chaning moments in Elsewhere history as it records each movement of construction labor.

Above: Detail documentation of the final installation.