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A Song For Sickness by Jonathan Sims
May 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - June 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Safely viewed from the sidewalk
On May 8th at sunset, Flux Factory will launch A Song For Sickness, a light installation by Jonathan Sims in the windows of the Flux Factory Gallery.
This new piece will join the Center of Holographic Arts Light Windows, a public-facing exhibition of light art in spaces around New York City and the world. A global event to mark the International Day of Light on Saturday, May 16.
“I spent the first ten days of quarantine in New York City in self-isolation with a persistent cough, shortness of breath, and terrifying waves of anxiety. A Song for Sickness began as a desire to represent the immense emotional energy I expended in panic attacks and in desperate pleas for intercession and wellness. It is also an inheritance of the countless prayers and spells that human beings have devised over the millennia to ask the universe for healing or, in my case, strength to accept the potentially permanent changes that the virus could bring as a new norm in my life.
“The work is about the constant evolution that every individual undergoes throughout life, and the unique beauty of that growth. This durational nature of the piece is punctuated by a collage of abstracted symbols that represent our psychic reverberations to these changes.
“Though this piece came to be in an extraordinary time where the entire planet is hyper-focused on a single virus, my intent is for this invocation to gather energy to all people for whom illness is a part of their lives. I also want to acknowledge those at greatest risk now, not only because of the threat of a novel virus, but because of the failures inherent in capitalist institutions there are those whose tenuous existences are now even more precarious. These include the chronically ill, those with compromised autoimmune systems, the elderly, the caretakers, and the workers–all of whom are being asked to make sacrifices to uphold the very economies and institutions which have already been failing them. I ask viewers to not only consider this work as a potential conduit for healing, but as a meditation on the complex relationships every human being experiences with sickness.”