Counter Line

1997
digital media | 224 red LEDs, 6 aluminum rails, 6 transformers, and connecting wire
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  • Counter Line

    Counter Line, 1997; 224 red LEDs, 6 aluminum rails, 6 transformers, and connecting wire, 3 1/2 in. x 663 in. x 4 3/4 in. (8.89 cm x 1684.02 cm x 12.07 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Emily L. Carroll and Thomas Weisel, Collectors Forum, Patricia and Raoul Kennedy, Pam and Dick Kramlich, Vicki and Kent Logan, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Elaine McKeon, Christine and Michael Murray, Chara Schreyer, and Helen and Charles Schwab; © Tatsuo Miyajima


This room-size installation was created expressly for SFMOMA's galleries. Miyajima placed 224 LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in a straight line. Silent, glowing red, and continually increasing, the LEDs transcend their traditional function as indicators of information to become a pictorial representation of the existence of time and the intellectual puzzle it presents.

By positioning the line to suggest a horizon, Miyajima identifies San Francisco as a place so far west that the horizon might be seen as the demarcation point between the West and the East. The straight line is a form commonly used to imply continuum, finality, or infinity. Counter Line suggests the "linear" concept of time in the West while simultaneously invoking the Eastern apprehension of time as a fluid, nonobjective experience related to space. The work also proposes time as a substance that accumulates even as it disappears.


3 1/2 in. x 663 in. x 4 3/4 in. (8.89 cm x 1684.02 cm x 12.07 cm)
Acquired 1997
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Emily L. Carroll and Thomas Weisel, Collectors Forum, Patricia and Raoul Kennedy, Pam and Dick Kramlich, Vicki and Kent Logan, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Elaine McKeon, Christine and Michael Murray, Chara Schreyer, and Helen and Charles Schwab
© Tatsuo Miyajima
97.489.A-F

Tags

red, lighting, reflections, horizontal, dark


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