Ventilation IV: Hampton Air
A network of pipes extends from a floor-to-ceiling pipe in the gallery space of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton NY, with a portion of the structure continuing, seemingly right through the building, to the courtyard outside. Ventilation IV is part of a series of System Works that Holt began in 1981, with an aim to expose the rudiments of technology upon which humans rely. The structure is functional, outfitted with spinning fans and turbine ventilators, yet unnecessary. Holt brings a playfulness to the industrial connotation of the work, leaving space for deeper musings on energy, utility, and earth’s resources.