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Samuel Gomez, Enlightenment, 2020

Enlightenment, 2020

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Enlightenment, 2020

Gomez’s steampunk aesthetic is marked by an extensive usage of universal symbolism and contemporary themes of science, socioeconomics, sustainability, and, prominently, the future of automation and AI. The self-proclaimed storyteller's ominous scenes are so dense with imagery and symbolism, they beg the viewer to lose themselves in their interconnected, multi-dimensional depths. Gomez shows a society that has been led astray by corporations, capitalism and over consumption. “I question a world where all events and affairs seem systematic and guided,” says Gomez, “yet, without a clear compass on the horizon, it's just chaos.” Samuel Gomez’s complex metal shapes are machinery and pipes wrapped in successive contortions, in a strangling labyrinthine.  A semiotic criticism of a capitalist and politicized society, the ironic future of automation, where, between man and machine, there are more similarities than differences. The new industrial revolution comes up with a significant change in roles, and their total perversion of functions. Now, the machine produces the man. The man works for the machine, being an integral part of it. It is always at its service, and its disposal. Gomez creates a hybrid being that, in a proliferation of scales, trespasses the macro and the microcosm. A future society where the organic fabric is replaced by the industrial fabric. Where, at all costs, all kinds of mechanisms keep feeding a mechanical ecosystem. A metallic web that weaves kaleidoscopic patterns, in a knit that twists itself, and projects to infinity. A high-precision drawing (with unusual detail) traces our fate with a geometric accuracy." Texts by Pedro Boaventura, Art Galaxie. 

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