Bio and Artist Statement

Brief Biography
Gabin Cortez Chance
Born in Fresno, California in 1976. Graduate of The School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Currently living in Los Angeles. Primarily working in Video over the past 10 years. My Videos are multi-layered constructs, digital artificial panoramas. Using a mixture of Hollywood classics, found footage, and video shot by myself to create what I call Super Narratives of the Hyper-Real. My videos generally have a Philosophical, and Sociological twist influenced by the current world political landscape. I am not objective, I most certainly have an agenda. Like many before me, I have Utopian dreams. Dreams that most people believe to be impossible, and unrealistic. And maybe these people are correct, but they are my dreams never the less. My videos are a poor attempt to visualize these dreams for others to appreciate, and possibly learn from. And all though I still have a long ways to go to actualize these dreams, with each video, I feel I get a little bit closer to my goals of Simulacrum.

Artist Statement
All though I’ve been working primarily in digital media for several years now. I’ve always felt my creative process is more akin to the cave painters of prehistoric Spain, and France. I like to feel as if I’m doing some sort of Magical act. Some sort of Shaman like Ritual connecting me to another dimension, something beyond myself. Rather than creating just another Cultural commodity to be bought, sold, or invested in like Pork Bellies, or Oranges. Sensory stimulation is important to my art, but it is only one facet of what I’m trying to do. My Art must have some kind of Political, and Philosophical(usually one and the same) direction. It must be about the now, looking through the lens of the past, progressing to the future. For me the Digital is my Magic wand of the Hyper-Real, and my Simulacrum of Geist. How could this be for sale. It is a Gift assembled from the best parts of other Gifts. From a long line of Artists,Thinkers, Witch Doctors, and Prophets going all the way back to those afore mentioned Caves. And probably even before that.