SquareRoot of Love, A John Sims Project 

“Life without love is not life at all.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day 2022, conceptual artist, writer and activist John Sims will present the 6th annual SquareRoot of Love event, featuring an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, music, and the reading of Love stories, poems and letters at The Rosemary in Sarasota, Fl. The event seeks to explore the expression of love beyond the romantic to include ideas of connective attention, spiritual energy, community inclusion and immersive conversation leading perhaps to reflection on the question, what is the square root of love? Where is the love in these complicated political times? And how can love, like food, drink, storytelling and conversation, nourish our sense of universal humanity? 

Last year, the event featured prominent Democrats and Republicans reading their favorite love poems, including the then mayor of Sarasota, Hagen Brody. This year’s event will focus on love stories, poems and letters and will begin with a reception at 7:30pm and reading at 8 pm. The program is this year supported by Halo Arts Projects, Judy Genshaft Honors College/USF and Arts Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. 


Special guests are: 

Lonnetta Gaines, retired educator and former dancer

Steve McAllister, poet and musician

Gloria Munoz, writer and English professor at Eckerd College, St Petersburg 

Queen Mecciasia Zabriskie, performance artist and sociology professor of New College of Florida 

Emmanuel Montalvo Trio, a Sarasota jazz ensemble

Sims says, “This dinner event that first started here in Sarasota in 2012, is an opportunity to celebrate and re-affirm through food, drink, words and music the complex dimensions of Love, and how it shapes the most vital parts of our humanity.”

John Sims is available for interviews. 

For reservations and more information, please contact The Rosemary at 941.955.7600 

For live-streaming go to www.johnsimsprojects.com/live

For more information on these events, please visit facebook.com/johnsimsprojects

SquareRoot of Love, as an installation, created by John Sims first appeared in New York City, in 2010, in a duet exhibition and associated performance with the artist Karen Finley, and since has traveled to various cities engaging the ideas of love with the help of art, poetry, performance, food and drink. In 2017, Sims brought the project to Paris with a series of events featuring a wine tasting, a film screening and poetry readings at the Berkeley Books in Paris. In 2018, the events were presented at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and Culture Rapide, Paris. More of the background of the project see this.

Current Resident Artist at Ringling Museum of Art and the La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York City, John Simsa Detroit native, is a multimedia creator, writer and producer, creating projects spanning the areas of installation, text, music, film, performance and large-scale activism. His main projects are informed by mathematics, the politics of sacred symbols/anniversaries and the agency of poetic text.

He has lectured and exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work has been covered in Art in America, Sculpture, Guernica Magazine, Transition, FiberArts, Science News, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the science journal Nature. He has written for CNN, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, GuernicaThe RumpusThe Grio and the Detroit Metro Times.