John Sims “Brings It” with The Square Root of Love

It was an eventful evening at Café Palm last night! Sarasota mathematician, artist, and filmmaker John Sims put together a spectacular exhibition titled The Square Root of Love in conjunction with his film Rhythm of Structure: Bowery and Beyond, which is showing at SFF. The exhibition is a transplant from The Bowery Club in New York. Poets, singers, dancers, drummers, etc respond to a math/art themed central work of visual art. In last night’s case it was John Sims’ installation, The Square Root of Love.

Many of Sarasota’s prominent artists, critics, writers, musicians and academics were in attendance as well as filmmakers from SFF and guest artists from New York. Pianist Eleonora Lvov dazzled party goers with a soaring rendition of “Rhapsody in Blue” before the event proper began.

The exhibition started with a three course mini dinner inspired by Sims’ installation The Square Root of Love. Chef Gene Marra, in collaboration with Chefs Guillaume DuPont and Jeff Courter, used passionate colors and aphrodisiac ingredients such as ginger, tumeric, chocolate and shellfish to play off the theme of love. “Food is love for us,” said Jeff Courter.

After dinner, the performance portion of the evening began with a powerhouse version of “Chain of Fools” by blues singer Twinkle. There were poetry readings from Kyleelise Holmes Thomas and Sue Byron. Greg Tate remixed Karen Finley’s haunting sound art, “The Many Moods of Love.” Kenny Drew jr and Thomas Carabas played “love songs” on the piano and cajón respectively, which was a particular treat. Nate Jacobs, founder and director of The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, rushed over from a performance of their latest show, Blackbird: the story of Josephine Baker, to belt out some original music.

John Sims has many other projects in the works, including documentary films and regular art exhibitions at Café Palm. “I’m going to be their artist in residence and I’m going to be bringing some hot people from all over to right here,” says Sims. His documentary, Rhythm of Structure: Bowery and Beyond, will be showing Sunday April 22, 3:30 pm at Hollywood 20.

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