IAN GONZAGA

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

IG: I don’t like to categorize my self or my artwork, but I feel that my style is about the journey of finding freedom through self expression.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

IG: Nature, especially the ocean. Also, I really enjoy looking through old photo books and magazines.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

IG: For me it’s about letting go and letting things happen naturally. Relinquishing control. Enjoying the journey.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

IG: Honesty and Fearlessness.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

IG: It’s a Journey. It’s an Adventure. And I am grateful for it.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

IG: I like to work intuitively. In the moment. If I have a plan, it starts to feel confining.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

IG: Be true to yourself and your vision.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

IG: Style & taste are very important to me, but not the highest.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

IG: Being vulnerable and standing out. But it can also be very freeing.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

IG: The Freedom.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

IG: Joy Division, Stanley Kubrick, Werner Herzog, Ryan Mcginley, Helmut Newton, William Eggleston, Mark Borthwick and The Rolling Stones.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

IG: Right now its a bit overkill for me, too many distractions. I like to get away from all the computer screens and be out in nature in the present moment. Keeping it simple.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

IG: I think people will have differing views of the world regardless of whether or not they chose a creative path. People are different and I think that’s good. If everyone was the same I think things would get bland and stale.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

IG: Yes, I enjoy traveling very much. So far, NYC or Grover Beach, CA.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

IG: I’m really into music biographies. Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk is one of my favorites.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

IG: Travel, make books, make films, and show my work.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

IG: Connection, expression, and freedom.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

IG: Wow and Flutter – Stereolab

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

IG: I’m not into following rules.

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