ARTS LOVERS SPOTLIGHT: Artist/Director John Sims and THE RHYTHM OF LOVE!
Quick Pitch: If you are a lover of the art scene in Sarasota and you are fascinated by the creative process, you owe it to yourself to see John Sims' Rhythm of Structure: Bowery and Beyond on Wednesday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3:30 PM! And on Thursday beginning at 6:00 PM, Café Palm is hosting The Square Root of Love, a reception and after party, an evening of performance and exhibition featuring John Sims and his collaborators the legendary Karen Finley and Greg Tate. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE FILM! (The reception is free!)
And get this: Karen Finley teaches at NYU Tisch! She was notably one of the NEA Four, four performance artists whose grants from the National Endowment for the Arts were vetoed in 1990 by John Frohnmayer after the process was condemned by Senator Jesse Helms under "decency" issues. Among her many accomplishments she has lectured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York about art and music just last year. This is your chance to meet one of the art world’s biggest names!
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THE INSIDER: Why did you decide to chronicle your creative journey with a documentary film?
JOHN SIMS: It seems natural to me that film maximizes options in terms of unpacking the inevitable complexities of abstract ideas to a large and demographically diverse pool of people. While historical fidelity is a hit or miss proposition, films are a very good approximation. Also beyond commitment to content and history, I aim to bring a strong art element to the documentary process, making the case that art as conceptual technology not only helps us illustrate but enables us to the see differently and expand critically.
THE INSIDER: Tell us about how math, visual art and poetry intersection and spark in your amazing work.
JOHN SIMS: The triad of mathematics, art and poetical forms an alliance of expression and language that pierce the heart of human consciousness — the evidence of both self-awareness and knowledge acquisition. This Triads as agents of the Minds, Hand and Heart has inspired me to think about the connecting structures that may create social movement and group call and in response motion.
THE INSIDER: What do you hope audiences will take from the movie?
JOHN SIMS: The answer to the question is very simple — to think differently, which is the theme of the Film Festival. But not just differently, which may or may not be helpful but rather in a way that embraces the double expresso shot of creativity and analysis.
THE INSIDER: What will people who attend The Square Root of Love be treated to on April 19th?
JOHN SIMS: My film features nine MathArt exhibitions I organized at the Bowery Poetry Club — New York City. Featured Artist/Poets included a very dynamic group: Sol LeWitt, Adrian Piper, Dorothea Rockburne, Karen Finley, Bob Holman, Richard Kostelanetz, DJ Spooky,Taylor Meade, Greg Tate, Dread Scott, Mark Strand.
One of the shows, called Square Root of Love featured the legendary Karen Finley and myself, with responses by various poets and the innovative Greg Tate and his band Burnt Sugar. On April 19 , 2012, we are planning bring that Karen Finley/John Sims exhibition to Café Palm, Sarasota. Karen and I will be at the reception. From 6-8:00 PM we have a general reception open to all. Then from 8-10:00 PM, there will be available a dinner menu created in response to the work. From 10:00 on, like we did New York, there be an awesome line-up of areas greats who will response to the work including: Su Byron, Thomas Carabasi, Kenny Drew Jr., DJ Perette, Kyleelise Holmes-Thomas, Nate Jacobs, Twinkle and special guest composer Greg Tate of Burnt Sugar. This event will be a historical event. So there or be Square!
THE INSIDER: Everyone out there, be sure to visit John's site. JUST CLICK HERE!
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