James Gyre – DJ, father, husband and artist, is a guy with many eclectic interests who has managed to become very knowledgeable about the things he’s most passionate about. His “Naked Geometry” endeavor has brought him much success and joy, and he’s hosting an art show at his favorite neighborhood coffee shop, the Java House in Brighton Heights, to showcase the works of himself and friends. We had the chance to ask him a few questions about his upcoming show and the inspirations and concepts behind “Naked Geometry” – his take on the popular concept of Sacred Geometry.
Kymbo Slice: What are some of the inspirations behind your Naked Geometry project and how is it going thus far?
James Gyre: I’ve been fascinated with geometry for about 12 years now. I used to mess around with adobe illustrator and while I made cool looking things, I wanted to figure out how to make them have more harmony, symmetry and elegance… this lead me to sacred geometry, fractals and eventually creating Naked Geometry. It’s been a blast, the response has been amazing, and of course having access to a laser cutter is making things interesting.
KS: What separates Sacred Geometry from your incarnation – Naked Geometry?
JG: Sacred Geometry and the culture around it, because of it’s growing popularity, has accumulated a large quantity of, how should i say it… bullshit. Not all, but many people talk about the geometries with very little knowledge of the math, tenuous or incorrect understandings of the scientific, religious & mystic correspondences the various forms have, and a misplaced reverence that I think inhibits their experience of the real beauty in geometry. So the “Naked” in “Naked Geometry” isn’t so much about nudity, but rather used in the sense of “un-adorned”. I am presenting the work unburdened by my particular beliefs. This is not to say that I discourage people from having a spiritual relationship with numbers and shapes and nature… far from it. I actually support that very deeply, for people to develop that relationship personally, subjectively and experientially. Play with the forms yourself… try to understand these shapes from inside of the process, rather than reading what some dubious guru might be claiming about them. This knowledge isn’t something you can just get quickly. The real magic is revealed in the journey, in contemplation.
KS: Are all the other participating your friends and do you have a relationship with them beyond the art world?
JG: All of the other artists participating are indeed friends. They also have work that relates to the Naked Geometry project. Laura is my wife, and one of my earliest geometric influences. Matthu Stull is one of my oldest and closest friends and is also no stranger to geometric work, and abstraction. Alberto & Sean are the only people in town who may match my obsession with sacred geometry, and produce work at a very high level of mastery, particularly in traditional compass construction techniques, a rare skill. Trilodeon makes a lot of awesome work, much with geometric themes and she produces it in some really cool forms using smell and fabric and all kinds of goodness. Matt Hunter is an artist I’ve been around for a while, but I feel like his work is really getting good, and a few abstract pieces he showed me recently made it clear I had to have him in the show. I’m also hoping to get a print or two from a geometer in Baltimore I communicate with, Justin Alterception.
KS: How did you go about selecting Miguel Sague to play the event and what is your connection with him?
JG: Miguel is a drummer friend of mine, and is a master of the congas. We play drums fairly often together and I really respect his knowledge of Afro-Cuban percussion and Yoruban songs. I think it’ll sound awesome. Miguel also has played with Bob at the Java House, so it’s all in the family. I’m also having Todd Keeb$ deejay, and he’s been both a big supporter of my art, and remains one of my favorite deejays in a city with a lot of great deejays.
KS: What is your relationship with the Java House like and why did you choose your event to be there?
JG: I go to Java House almost every day. It’s my local coffee shop in Brighton Heights. I am having the show there because it’s really meant to have a family and friends vibe, no pretention. The artwork is very serious, awesome art, but I didn’t want to show it in traditional Art™ venues. Some other time, perhaps. Also, I really want to encourage people to come to the coffee shop, it’s awesome and very affordable and Bob & Yolanda, the owners, couldn’t be nicer people.
There you have it. More info on this event can be found below!