Aug 15, 2017
John W. Love Jr. is a surreal apparition of a being who creates
multi-sensory experiences that invite participants into a world of
Yes. He is an interdisciplinary literary and performance artist.
His work is as "deliciously complex, circuitous, textual, and
contextual as his own nappy hair." He tells stories that are
earthen and fantastical. His installations delight and confound. He
smears boundaries because "definitions all fit like a fat man in a
toddler's big girl dress." John is a poet, an actor, a
dancer, a sculptor, a director and a teller of tales. In his
stories characters burn blue. He is a recipient of the Arts &
Sciences McColl Award in recognition of artistic excellence and a
Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist residency. Â He is a
North Carolina Artist Council Artist Fellow and a Guggenheim
Foundation Fellow. His work has brought him to Sweden, Germany,
France and points beyond. His insights are flavors in the mind.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the
life-affirming funkiness of a daring interdisciplinary mind and the
intentions and expressions of a love warrior mystical
IN THIS EPISODE
- John shares the beautifully absurd and wonderfully
ridiculous nature of defining himself and his objection to
lines of demarcation.
- He discusses the elements that make up his art and the
influence of his meditative practice on his performances
- He explains what he means by 'rescuing
- He describes one of his signature performance and installation
works and the role salt as a spice played in it
and the return of all things to the Source.
- John talks about several of his characters from Neequa or She
Who Would Be King to Roscoe 'The Eggplant' Takimoto to The
Perpetually Pregnant Man.
- He explains the world of Yes, the correct
posture for living, and when 'no' is appropriate.
- He responds to the idea that he and his characters are
intertwined and that how he presents himself could very well be
a character he has written.
- He shares whether the responses of others to his work
matters to him.
- John talks about how much of his art is flirtation, how much is
consummation, and the sensuality of his work.
- He reflects on the rewards and constraints of fellowships and
recognitions, the yumminess of his applications,
and what he refuses to do as an artist seeking support.
- He reacts to what makes anything art and the power he
sees in his own work.
- John shares what Meryl Streep, Bill T. Jones and
Bjork have in common.
- He describes himself as a young person and what his
younger self would recognize and be surprised by his
- John reads a poem of his called 'Early Morning
- He responds to rapid-fire questions that he composed that
reveals the temperature of his mind, what makes him cry,
and the sexiest tool in his arsenal.
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word
that begins this way, "When I hear David talk about cities and
memory and song, I'm reminded of the poem Chicago by Carl
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