Gomez: “The connection between Goth girls and Chola girls was very interesting to me.”
I met Ramiro Gomez a few months ago at an art show in downtown Los Angeles. Here is one thing I must tell you about shows in L.A.– it doesn’t matter if you are listening to music or looking at art, but people aren’t usually friendly. They’re nice, but they won’t typically come up to you, introduce themselves, smile, and then actually proceed to listen and converse about something.
Unless they’re a rare bird. Unless they’re Ramiro.
I remember him distinctly, because his candor was disarming. He smiled while he spoke, and leaned in to listen. He has a knack for making people feel like they’ve known him forever. After what was probably only a few minutes, I wanted to grab him by the arm and go get an ice cream. Instead, we talked about artists we liked. We exchanged information. And I mooned over his work. It’s clever, it’s funny, and it’s informed in such a specific, delicate way–truly irresistible.
When Ramiro phoned me a few days ago to invite me to his show, I knew I had to interview him for the blog. Here, now, is what we talked about.
How did you start working with Chola imagery? What drew you to it, and why do you stay with it?
You’ve said that you gravitate more toward composing Cholas than Cholos. When did you start picking up on that specific attraction, and what did you decide it was about?
What is your relationship with Cholas, and how has it grown and changed since starting your study with this particular content?
You put together this show specifically for Pherspace in Echo Park. What is it about this area that correlates with your content?
You’ve described yourself as an observer. Where do you go for inspiration in Los Angeles, and why those places?