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Jon Sarkin Presents: “Unchained Brain”

March 19 @ 7:30 pm

Jon Sarkin presents UNCHAINED BRAIN is a multimedia exploration of the visual art that he produced in the aftermath of a stroke he suffered in 1989. The damage to Sarkin’s brain created a condition known as “sudden artistic output” which resulted in an endless creative flow that continues to this day. His distinctive artwork, which draws influence from pop culture, literature, and music, has garnered the attention of art experts and non-experts around the world. Sarkin tells his story in a free-form rap, accompanied by videographer Emille Doucette and guitarist Dan King, in an assemblage of images, sound and spoken word that highlights Sarkin’s studio work, brain scans, and performance with indie band Guster.

Sarkin’s performance will take place Monday, March 19 in the Salem State Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. at 7:30 pm.

This performance is the beginning of Sarkin’s week-long artist residency at Salem State which also includes a panel conversation, “Removing Barriers through Creativity” at 11 am on Monday, March 19. Sarkin will be joined by wheelchair dancer Kris Lenzo who will speak about his work in the adaptive dance community and artist Lynda Cutrell, creator of the 99 Faces Project which challenges the media’s view of the look of someone living with symptoms of a mental illness.

Admission to both the performance and the discussion are free.

For more information go to salemstate.edu/arts or call 978.542.6365


March 19
7:30 pm
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Salem State University
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Event takes place at the Salem State University Recital Hall at 71 Loring Avenue.