Homma Merdian in winter 2014-15. The shadows seems to be going across West to East much faster now, and the snow is partially covering the Homma Meridian which is now only the remnants of dead stalks.
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Street Road Artists Space
Autumn has set in. The days are getting Shorter. Different flowers has come and gone over the past few months on Homma Meridian which is still lingering despite of a few frosty nights.
According to Emily Artinian, the Director of Street Road Artists Space, Homma Meridian is now becoming a desirable property for some local population in Western Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA. No, not for the groundhogs, but the bunnies are living on a rather narrow and restrictive strips of this wild flower meadow as if, it is the most desirable street on Manhattan. Homma Meridian’s real estate value is on a increase, however it is also commented that with the end of summer approaching this property boom might also come to its end soon.
Homma Meridian has blossomed during the summer 2014 at Street Road Project, USA.
The weeds among the neatly mown lawn are standing tall and glorious. Each flowers is indicating its own Meridian without being conscious of its significance given by the artists and collaborators. It will wither and die after the beautiful summer, but as for today it is blooming.
For summer 2014, and in a collaboration with Adrian Barron and The Street Road Project Space, Homma Meridian is developing. The grass under the meridian has been cut away and indigenous plants are given free reign to grow.
The Ariel View of “Homma Meridian” at Street Road, USA.
The line is drawn with field marker paint for the American Football.
It is slowly fading away, leaving a faint mark behind.
One day people will not even remember it was here.
But this is where East met West.
June 2012, Homma Merdian has been drawn in USA, and placed as an outdoor land art installation. This ‘Homma Meridian’ line is stretching from north to south, across the entire property of Street Road Space, over the roof, the grass, the pavement and across the roof of the neighbouring doctor’s office . This work conceptually ‘re-sets’ Street Road’s longitude, and that of Cochranville, PA, to 0º0’0″ – the usual setting for Greenwich, England / Greenwich Mean Time.
Collaborating with local staff team, this Homma Meridian challenges the idea of peripheral and margins in relation to the idea of centrality.
In November 2011, an artist’s personal journey of trying to align herself on a spinning planet, has opened up another dimension in Budapest Hungary. This time Homma Meridian was drawn on a floating Gallery on Danube, by invitation from Drawing Room Hungary. A38 Gallery once was a Russian War ship, now docked on a shore of Danube housing a fashionable contemporary art and music venue. A prominent Hungarian curator, Zsolt Petranyi commented in his opening speech that Homma Meridian highlighted the idea of East / West which has been very much in focus in the Europe since former “Eastern” nations have joined EU. The complexity of issues including the turbulent historical context of crossing the threshold, the ambivalent reactions when coming to terms with the reality of the “other side”, which is currently expressing itself in a range of political and cultural movement across Europe, have surfaced in various conversations during the show. Homma Meridian Budapest was supported by Japan Foundation Hungary and IPA foundation.
Pushing Print 2011,
The idea behind the “Homma Meridian” is to make an imprint of an imaginary line which points to the North and South Pole in a specific location using methodology of stencilling with diminishable materials. “Homma Meridian” is imprinted directly on to the surface of floor and wall, and as the traffic of audience gradually diminishes the line during the show it highlights the “imaginary” nature of the boundaries that exist in our mind.
Oriel Davies Gallery
The ontological notion of “east” as in the East of Eden, where human conditions can be described as somewhat disinherited and displaced, and yet at the same time carrying the memory of its origin, perhaps by referring to this notion of the “east”, I am trying to perceive the polarity in more fluid form.
As the earth spins on the slightly tilted axis forever eastwards, always spinning away from the west.
Welsh Homma Meridian was drawn as a part of Oriel Davis Gallery’s young curators exhibition “Lines of Desire”.