Dec. 19, 2018
19×24 mix media
commission work by Thierry Isambert for The Coumminty held at The Bass Museum
Young At Art Museum is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist Haiiileen, LightScapes. Featuring three largescale acrylic light sculptures and a fabrication lab, the exhibition will be on display at the Knight Gallery from November 2nd, 2018 through April 28th, 2019.
In her larger than life sculptures, Haiiileen translates the ideas and concepts brought up by her synesthetic thinking. There is a particular focus on the use of light as a medium in her work, as all of the sculptures in this exhibition manipulate light in a fashion that allows for the creation of what the artist calls a “neo-abstract alternate reality.” Haiiileen’s past works have dealt with taking spaces and creating abstract environments within them that have the ability to translate different perceptions into our reality.
LightScapes will feature a selection of three major acrylic light sculptures and will explore several different educational concepts in an immersive multi-sensory approach aimed towards the youth of the community. In this exhibition, there is a strong emphasis on concepts like color theory, illusions and reflections, and quantum physics in relation to light.
There will be three light sculptures, including the first of its kind, Amaziiing, a maze comprised of marbleized acrylic sheets placed in conjunction with the strategic use of mirrored elements and LED lighting meant for guests to explore. Aqua will also be displayed, consisting of over 30 custom acrylic sculptures and LED lighting that visitors may interact with, creating a sweeping arrangement, further embodying the light theme. The kinetic sculpture, HaiiiMobile, made of over 200 floating custom acrylic elements will be in constant rotation. Visitors can gaze up from a transportive viewing area made of custom reflective beanbags, allowing them to get lost in an illusion of time and space.
This exhibit will also include a fabrication lab focusing on electricity, positive and negative wavelengths, light frequencies, and light theory as an interactive and immersive educational experience.
I am so excited to announce my work will be featured in Locust Project’s annual Smash & Grab Fundraiser on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This year, I will be donating a print from my “Aciiid Palm” series.
There is no other fundraiser quite like this one. The lively event revolves around a raffle, for which over one hundred local, national and international artists have donated artwork — enough so that each raffle ticket is guaranteed to win an artwork. Tickets are drawn at random during the party, with the winner getting their choice of artwork (i.e, first called gets first pick, and so on). The result is a fun way to place artwork into collections, build visibility for artists, connect with Miami’s art community, and support Locust Projects.
Participating artists include: TJ Ahearn, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Dona Altemus, Eddie Arroyo, Carlos Ascurra and Emma Lügner, Lorna Samara Ash, Amy Bagwell, Maria Barbist, Beki Basch, Loriel Beltran, Johanna Boccardo, Kelly Breez, Todd Brittingham, Lujan Candria, Paola Cassola, Leo Castaneda, Robert Chambers, Westen Charles, Pablo Contrisciani, Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez, Juan Manuel Delgado, Ivan Toth Depena, Gianna DiBartolomeo, Morel Doucet, Melissa Eder, Sheila Elias, Joana Fischer, Alejandro Franco, Martha Friedman, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Lorna Galloway, Lynne Golob, Twyla Gettert, Angel Garcia, Liam Gillick, Kate Gilmore, Nick Gilmore, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Felice Grodin, Adler Guerrier, Haiiileen, Richard Haley, Jason Hedges, Sarah Henderson, Marvin Hernández, David Hicks, CYJO, Audrey Hynes, Carol Jazzar, Regina Jestrow, Jennifer Johnson, Kiyoshi Kaneshiro, Phillip Karp, Yasmin Khalaf, Mary Larsen, jc lenochan, Joshua Levine, Jennifer Levonian, Francesco Lo Castro, Michael Loveland, Pepe Mar, Laura Marsh, Christin Paige Minnotte, Beatriz Monteavaro, Najja Moon, Michael Muench, Jenene Nagy, Peggy Levison Nolan, Alex Nuñez, Edison Peñafiel, Alisa Ptchenik Charles, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Virginia Poundstone, Karen Rifas, Carlos Rigau, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Rosemarie Romero, Silvia Ros, Nicole, Anastasia Samoylova, Tom Scicluna, Onajide Shabaka, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Phillip Smith, Alan Solorzano, Meredyth Sparks, TM Sisters, Frances Trombly, Typoe, Simón Vega, Tom Virgin, We Are Nice’n Easy, Hannah Whitaker, Elizabeth Withstandley, Agustina Woodgate, Antonia Wright
For Red Bull Music’s Swetboxx, artist Haiiileen brought all in attendance into her own acid reality through her installation, Aciiid Sky. With 30 hand designed marbleized acrylic 4×8 sheets suspended from the ceiling, marbleized acrylic fragments mounted onto the walls, and a full DJ set up made of her marbleized acrylic pieces, the venue was transformed into a call from the hypnotic heavens.
Aciiid Sky I
Multimedia Light Sculpture, Acrylic Panels
30 4’ x 8’ panels
Aciiid Sky II
Multimedia Light Sculpture, Acrylic Panels
12 panels mounted on DJ booth structure
Aciiid Sky III
Multimedia Light Sculpture, Acrylic Panels
26 assorted fragments
Artist Haiiileen creates a life-sized polychromatic labyrinth using tinted and marbleized acrylic walls and multi-colored LED lights to translate her means of facilitating her life’s work. Enter the labyrinth where every twist leads to another turn, combining to form a collection of paths guiding one into the center of an abstract world consisting of a mesmerizing spectrum of color and sound. This maze is seen as a representation of Haiiileen’s body, soul, and mind. The rhythmic call of her pulse lures one deeper into the labyrinth, where at the center they will find a crystal representation of her heart as an ode to what it really is to have passion, drive, dedication, will, the want to thrive. Once inside the installation, participants will find themselves submerged within a throbbing chamber of light and love, powered by her innermost thoughts, feelings, and desires.
Materials used will consist of chromed, marbleized, and clear acrylic pieces, steel, and LED lighting.
Communicating is a crucial yet constant struggle for me, and my work has always been the conduit between my thoughts and my audience. At times, it feels like the only language I know how to speak through is passion; and my passion can only be shown through my art, reflecting the struggles, hardships, good times, moments of bliss, and all of these components of my life that drive me to create. I’m constantly surrounded by triggers of light, color, and sound that cause the constant synesthetic hallucinations which generate the blueprints of my livelihood. The conviction I have to continue moving forward and constantly build greater and larger is only powered by my heart and soul, and I hope this becomes evident to all who enter my reality.
Labirynth is designed to be wheelchair accessible.
Full overhead view of the labyrinth.
Overhead view of the labyrinth. Black and white circles are just figures meant to represent the entrance path and exit path.
Left-hand overhead view of the entrance.
Right-hand overhead view of the entrance.
View of the center of the maze from outside.
Overhead view of the center.
Overhead view of heart sculpture.
View of heart sculpture at the center of the labyrinth.
Haiiileen led Young At Art’s Special Guest Artist program, providing the youth with a chance to learn how she uses light as a tool within her works through a special hands-on project. The children were able to build their own versions of Haiiileen’s signature mylar world and learned about her condition, synesthesia, which they were able to experience through the magic of diffraction glasses.
Special thanks to Young At Art Museum and funding Arts Boward
The bulk of the donations would go towards the cost of the studio space (approx. $8,000). The remaining donations will be allocated towards compensation for assistants and laborers involved (approx. $5,000), administrative and marketing costs (approx. $3,000), costs for design (approx. $2,000) and materials and supplies needed to make this vision come to life (approx. $7,000). Fortunately, I receive an overwhelming amount of donated materials from different partners throughout the city, which helps in reducing the cost of this project.
Commissioned by Poplife
For this year’s Miami Swim Week, artist Haiiileen created two installations and a multimedia video piece showcasing Diesel’s Swim Week campaign within The Edition Hotel in Miami Beach. Diesel’s Campaign this year focused on a vaporwave vibe, aligning perfectly with Haiiileen’s past works and inspirations, making her the perfect artist to direct their Swim Week presentation.
In the Diesel suite, Haiiileen transformed the space into a neo-acid wonderland full of bright colors and lights, featuring a one of a kind light sculpture made of over 200 handcrafted acrylic tiles to create a chandelier. The room also had a video installation on display showing one of Haiiileen’s mylar installations.
Downstairs, Haiiileen transformed the entrance to Basement into one her multidimensional mylar installations.
My name @Haiiileen and I am an interdisciplinary artist specializing in developing immersive environments that include large-scale light sculptures. I’ve always had a fascination with the concept of being able to envelop my audiences and take them into alternate realities through my work. Many of my past works have dealt with taking spaces and creating abstract environments within them that have the ability to take the viewers to another place in time; A new destination fabricated by multisensory experiences and my synesthesia-fueled imagination.
For the past year, I have been developing an experiential concept that blurs the boundary between performance art and an open studio format where I am able to invite the local community into my creative process,
As a female mentor inside my community of Miami, I feel that this project is something that is needed for the growth of our artistic population and can only push the limitations of what can be experienced and created. I would like to be able to provide the opportunity for individuals from the community to be a part of something greater, having the possibility to interact with not only each other but with the public platform I can provide for them to create with.
This concept will allow for not only me to have a space to continue creating, but for those who participate to have a chance to bring something in and leave something behind; This experimental open studio will be made up of two sections: the public space and artist studio. The public space will be a constantly evolving environment, including a multisensory fabrication lab that will help further explore the theme of social interaction within the community. The artist studio will not only be where I will be creating but will also serve as a component of performance art, allowing those within the studio to watch me create.
The bulk of the donations would go towards the cost of the studio space (approx. $8,000). The remaining donations will be allocated towards compensation for assistants and laborers involved (approx. $5,000), administrative and marketing costs (approx. $3,000), costs for design (approx. $2,000) and materials and supplies needed to make this vision come to life (approx. $7,000). Fortunately, I receive an overwhelming amount of donated materials from different partners throughout the city, which helps in reducing the cost of this project. The more funds I am able to raise, the more intricate this project can become, and in the case of overfunding, the extra money will provide more materials and supplies.
Remember, any donation from you or from friends you share this with is incredibly helpful!! Thank you so much for your support, I can’t wait to make this idea become reality!!
Note: All donations made to my Hatchfund campaign are tax deductible! Once you make your gift, you’ll automatically receive a tax letter for your records.
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I want to use the studio space for a truly immersive multi-sensory gallery concept. On display would be a series of images and a short film from one of my previous installations, Balloons, made up of prints and a short film projected onto the wall. The immersive experience would be manifested by filling the entire studio space with balloons, having the public essentially glide and float through the room to discover the works on display.