Nicolas Bermeo

May 16th, 2017

Nicolas Bermeo

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Nicolas Bermeo is an artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of both Like • Magazine and Like • Movie Night and has shown at 315 Gallery, The Echo Park Film Center, The Squeaky Wheel, The Queer Arts Festival and The Hyde Park Art Center.

 

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Why did you start taking photos?

I got a disposable camera in elementary school and took a picture of the moon that my dad still has hanging in his office, but as an adult I started to take photos as a way to jot down notes to bring back to the studio.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working on the visuals for the sound artist Pauline Gloss for her upcoming tour. I am also collaborating with visual artist Jonathan Chacon on a zine that will be shown at the LA Art Book Fair and with director Jon Weisburst on a video . I love it!

How does technology affect your photography?

I spend much more time in front of my computer than behind a camera. If I use a photograph,  it will have been either shot by me before I knew what I was going to do with it, found online or shot by a friend.

What other forms of art inform your work?

I honestly love it all. In the studio, I listen to a good deal of interviews and try to keep current on music. On any given day, I can spend the morning listening to Lil Uzi Vert and then after lunch listen to a lecture about Florine Stettheimer. I am currently reading the collected works of Fernando Pessoa and trying to watch at least one animated short a day. I feel very lucky to be in a world where we can try to swim in it all and see if we can keep our heads above the water.


How does social media affect you and your art?

I don’t let social media distract me when I am in the studio, but if I am doing research, I can spend a very long time wandering around the internet.  I am primarily interested in the language and the aesthetics of social media and how that can point to a larger trend in the ways we connect emotionally with one another.


What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

The worst reaction one can have to art is to ignore it.  Anything else is fair game.

Do your parents like your work?

I am lucky to say that my parents love me and believe in me. In terms of liking my work, it is a case by case basis.