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Exploring different ideas of what 'home' means

The Home Bound art show will feature aural and visual representations.

By JON WILSON
Published March 18, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG - Home, sweet home.

It can be a trite phrase or one that's emotion-laced. Mansion or hovel, indoors or out, the concept carries meanings in the millions.

Poking at a myriad of ideas, local artists are preparing an unusual art show to explore the metaphor, the reality, the dream and the yearning for the elusive place called home.

The show, said artist Yoko Nogami, is in part about "migration, displacement of culture. Thinking in a really wide range to present to the people. It might change some people's ideas about having a home, or not having a home."

Home Bound will run March 30-31 in Williams Park. It is free to attend.

About 30 artists will employ diverse media: visual representation, performance, musical interpretation, poetry reading and interactive construction, for example.

Another aspect of the theme, organizers say, is the United States' character as a "soup of mixed cultures and race," with all people bringing what they believe is essential to survival in a new location.

Artists are cognizant of Williams Park's role as homelessness has become topical in St. Petersburg, said Nogami, who also is one of the organizers.

But it is not the focus of the exhibition, she said.

"Our whole goal was to be non-didactic about the homeless issue," Nogami said.

"It's safe to say we can't ignore the homeless but it's definitely not a political statement," she said.

Participating artists are being asked not to express their feelings one way or another about the issue. Organizers are aiming to attract a wide-ranging audience.

The organizers also are asking for photographers to help document the show. Anyone interested can e-mail photography@Marian-Krauthamer.com or info@project-homestpete.com.

A preview of the show is at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Court Club House 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday . Participating artists will be present.

A postshow photo exhibition will display the photographers' work on April 21 at St. Petersburg College's downtown campus.

In addition to Nogami, organizers are Michael Chomick, Michael Conway, Allen Loyd, Thomas Murray, Maria Saraceno and Donna Sweigart.

For information, visit www. projecthomestpete.com.

[Last modified March 17, 2007, 20:40:04]


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