Artist Jonathan Sims.

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BIO

Jonathan Sims is a New York City based visual artist. Sims was born in Austin, Texas. He began his practice with painting, but has since moved into digital animation, sculpture and projection installations, print, long exposure photography, graphic design and curation.

His visual arts practice is characterized by brightly colored geometric abstractions and simple, minimalist symbology that evokes language and universal, ancient design. A consistent premise underlying his work is based on the idea that a modern human’s relationship with the very ancient past is mirrored in their relationship with the distant future.

2012 marks Sims’ first art exhibitions in Texas, before moving to NYC in 2013. He joined Wayfarers Brooklyn in 2014, and began working in projection installations that summer. In 2015 Jonathan was awarded a Fellowship with BRIC Media Arts, and he joined the Flux Factory Residency program in 2016, where he still maintains a studio and sits on the board. Major shows include a solo exhibition at Flux Factory in New York City in 2017, and installations at Lehman College in 2018 and Washington College in 2019.

Since 2016, Sims has participated in a number of arts residencies, including Wassaic Project, the Visible Futures Lab at SVA, ChaNorth, Aros Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, and the Listhus Residency in northern Iceland. In 2018 Sims was invited to join the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Most recently Sims created two socially-distant light installations in the spring of 2020.

“I use light and geometry to reveal human emotion and the shared elements that reach across time, space, culture and language to reveal universal truths about human society. I believe in the capacity of aesthetic composition and medium to reach deeper spiritual and psychic understandings of the human mind as revealed by the scientific discoveries of the past two centuries: neurology, linguistics, applied mathematics, physics, and optics. By creating original, nonobjective physical and digital artifacts, I hope to draw a through-line that connects ancient humanity through history and into today, and then suggests possibilities about our distant future.”


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Jonathan Sims (b. 1982: Austin, Texas)
Lives and Works in Brooklyn, NY
http://chromadetic.com          


RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

2019:
: Pulse Laser Holography Workshop. Center for Holographic Arts, Columbus, OH. Artist in Residence.
2018:
: Listhús Artist Residency Program. Olafsfjordur, Iceland. Artist in Residence.
: ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. Aarhus, Denmark. Artist in Residence.
: chaNorth Residency. Pine Plains, NY. Artist in Residence. 
: School for Visual Arts, Visible Futures Lab. New York, NY. Artist in Residence. 
2017:
: The Wassaic Project. Wassaic, NY. Education Fellow & Artist in Residence. 
2016:
: Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY. Long-term Community Artist in Residence & Board Member.
2015: 
: BRIC Arts Media. Brooklyn, NY. Media Arts Fellow.
2014:
: Wayfarers Brooklyn Art Collective. Brooklyn, NY. Artist Member. 
2013:
: SoPac Studio, San Antonio, TX. Owner/Operator.

EXHIBITIONS

2020:
: Tree of Heaven. – Exhibition. Paradice Palase, Brooklyn, NY.
: Song for Sickness. – Exhibition. Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY.

2019:
: Solstice. – Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY.
: Feels Like a New Beginning. – Group Exhibition. Brooklyn, NY.
: Space:Light. – Group Exhibition. Plaxall Gallery. Long Island City, NY.
: Sign Systems. – Group Exhibition. Kohl Gallery, Washington College. Chestertown, MD.
: Dream Together. – Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY
: Light Year 47: Tales of Diverted Reality. – Projection Screening. Brooklyn, NY.

2018:
: The Unfixed Stars. – Festival. Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Upcoming)
: Congregation. – Festival. Freak Flag Fest, Brooklyn, NY.
: Flux Artist in Residence Exhibition. – Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY. 
: Tick Tock. – Group Exhibition. Lehman College Art Gallery. Bronx, NY 
: Flux City Six. – Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY.
: Visible Futures Lab Residency Exhibition. – Solo Exhibition. The School for Visual Arts. New York, NY
 
2017:
: Haunted Mill. – Group Exhibition. The Wassaic Project. Wassaic, NY.
: The Illuminati Ball. – Event. The Weylin. Brooklyn, NY.
: Lost Bridge Exchange. – Pop-up Art Event. Brooklyn, NY.
: Making Connections. – Group Exhibition. Long Island City Artists, Plaxall Gallery. Long Island City, NY.
: Body Farm. – Group Exhibition, Paradice Palase. Bushwick, NY.
: An Invocation at a Moment of Cataclysm. – Solo Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY.
: Dark Before Dawn. – Group Exhibition. Queens, NY.
: The Endless and Mobile Beautiful Collapsible Labyrinth. - Group Exhibition, Flux Factory. LIC, NY.

2016  
: Flux Factory Tenth Annual Auction. – Benefit. New York City, NY.
: SNAP, INSTA, POP. - Group Exhibition. ArtHelix Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
: A False Door, Governor’s Island Art Fair. – Art Fair. Governor’s Island, NY.
: CON V // VARIFORM. – Performance and Projection. Brooklyn Bowl. Brooklyn, NY.
: Conjuration II. – Destination Moon Festival. Wurtsboro, NY.
: Spell for the Coming Forth of a Man... - Summer Solstices Film Festival. Kingsbury, TX.
: A Conjuration. – Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. San Antonio, TX.

2015
: BRIC Media Arts Fellowship Public Screening. – Screening and Artist Talk. Brooklyn, NY.
: A Conjuration. – Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. San Antonio, TX.
: Fragments of a Bygone Future, Governor’s Island Art Fair. – Art Fair. Governor’s Island, NY.
: Seeking Space, Arts in Bushwick. – Group Exhibition. Be Electric Studios. Brooklyn, NY.
: Arts in Bushwick Benefit. – Benefit. Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY.

2014  
: Almanac. – Group Show. Wayfarers Studio. Brooklyn, NY.
: Bushwick Open Studios. - Open Studio Exhibition. Wayfarers Studio. Brooklyn, NY.
: Arts in Bushwick Benefit. – Benefit. Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY.
: Cracian Permutations and Enseigne. – Studio Exhibition. Wayfarers Studio. Brooklyn, NY.

2013
: Southwest School of Art Gala. – Benefit. Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX.
: Syntaxis Lineae. – Solo Exhibition. SoPac Studio, San Antonio, TX.
: Interstices. – Two Person Exhibition. SoPac Studio, San Antonio, TX.
: Candescere. – Luminaria Arts Festival. Instituto Cultural de Mexico, San Antonio, TX.

2012
: GLOW: The Nuclear Show. – Group Exhibition. Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio, TX.
: The Walls of the City. – Group Exhibition. FL!GHT, San Antonio, TX.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2020:
: Space:Light. – Curator, Group Exhibition. Holocenter at Plaxall Gallery. Queens, NY. October. (Upcoming)
2019:
: Solstice. – Curator, Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY. December.
2018:
: The New Non. – Curator, Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY. June.
: ANYTHING! – Co-Curator, Group Exhibition. Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY. April

ARTIST TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

2019:
: Panel. Intersubjectivities and Social Media, Transborder Arts, New York. January.
2018:
: Presentation. Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates. December.
: Presentation. Aros Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark. August.
: Presentation. Flux Thursday, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY. June.
: Presentation. Artist in Residence.—School for Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY. January and March.
: Panel. Wassaic Information Session, Ortega y Gasset, Brooklyn, NY. January.
2016:
: Presentation. SHIM Artist Talks, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY. November.
2015:
: Panel. Bric Media Fellowship, BRIC, Brooklyn NY. November.