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