Our world is covered in beautiful shapes that surround us. Every person, every building, every rock or blade of grass has its own unique form. Sometimes these manmade forms resemble those that are found in nature and sometimes the opposite is true. It takes a certain kind of eye to take notice of these lines and structures that are constantly in our field of vision and choose to turn them into something out of the ordinary. Ever since he was a child, artist Chance Gomez has taken notice of these innate shapes that make up everything and throughout his craft he has transformed them into scenes that are oddly familiar but completely original. The following is an interview with the artist and a look into his creative journey.
1. What is the earliest memory you have of yourself doing something creative?
I was about 6 when I would draft mock up drawings of old planes like DC3. At the time my fascination with cars and aviation came from the dynamics of form, line and shapes of vehicles.
2. What kind of creative work do you do?
I create from light using photographic technology.
3. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Chance Nkosi Gomez (25 years of age) born in the Caribbean, St. Lucia W.I. I am a conceptual photographic artist based in Miami Florida. I’ve been engaged in studying and producing visual art since middle school & currently major in Photographic Technology at Miami Dade College. Coming from an Airline Industry family, I am well-traveled and have applied my photographic perspective in Asia, Africa, Europe & the Caribbean. Over the past 4 years, I’ve self-published six photo-books. In addition to the above, my immediate objective is to continue abstracting this reality through light & photography. My career has concentrated over the last ten years.
4. How would you describe your specific style? What makes you unique?
Using suburban and industrial environments as a stage, I manipulate negative-space, form, line, and the human figure to create a minimalist visual dialogue.
My subjects embody the joint-like posture of mannequins. They allude view, obscuring themselves behind objects and other times reveal their presence in an ordinary remote world. Through the titles of my work, I present quixotic phrases and humor into vernacular language. Although each series varies in its approach my work relates to the subconscious mind.
5. What has been some of the biggest influences and sources of inspiration in your work?
I began producing conceptual imagery after finding interest in the work of Ben Zank, Noell Oszvald, Aleksandra Kingo & Brooke Didonato.
6. Do you have any rituals to help you get the creative juices flowing?
I engage in sound meditation using binaural Beats & atmospheric rhythms.
7. What have been some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on? Any current projects you’d like to mention?
Series III – birds singing lies & Series IV – Where does the body begin? have been my favorite projects so far. They express a more social-political direction I’ve taken in the last 2 years of my career. Series III – Nkosi wants to challenges the viewer to question their truth even in the smallest of forms.” In his first solo exhibition titled Birds Singing Lies, Nkosi visually expresses 13 concepts that all connect from micro to macro perspective. https://chancenkosigomez.com/series-iii Series IV – Identity is built upon a foundation of beliefs and concepts that are at a constant flux with reality. how the body is covered and arranged in space and time conveys our methods of communicating who we are. Taking that away in the context of art gives us mental clarity to think about ourselves without material. Through photographic study, this series abstracts the nude human form. https://chancenkosigomez.com/
8. What are some of the best lessons you’ve learned while developing your craft? What valuable advice could you offer to other Creators like you?
The biggest lesson has to be using what’s available to me to create projects from my mind.
I think as artists we rely too much on the equipment & media to portray what we want. To add to that, steering my vision in the opposite direction of what’s trending. I want my art to reflect something organic of its own nature.