Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Foam, Cement, Plaster, Wood, and mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
The Artist we got introduced to was Nick Bamford, whose work very enjoyable to look at. He is a senior at CSULB and is in the BFA program of ceramics. He did say he wanted to further his education by going to UCLA or Yale. Nick lived up north and then moved to Huntington Beach when he was a young child and enjoyed it very much. His inspiration in his work is to challenge himself to create intimate sculptures. When he was in high school his favorite class was ceramics class and ever since that was his passion. His favorite artist is Picasso and his hobbies are to build and make things and to also experiment with new things as well.
Nicks exhibition really popped from all the other exhibitions because the use of light in his work. His main focus was to bring in different dimensions in his work and to highlight self-lit. His idea was to show different context and different meaning in his work and he wanted to take things out of context. The room was pitched black because he wanted the black light in a more artistic meaning because we are so used to just a white light that he wanted us to think out the box and he wanted to show us something different, which makes the black highlight his main idea. He had different neon colors to glow in the dark which I though looked really cool. He also had things from his own life inside his sculptures that were very personal to him.
Nicks work shows so many different meaning to it because it can mean so many different things to different people. It’s cool how if you are standing on one side of the art you see something and when you move to the other side of the art piece you can see something completely different, but it’s just a sculpture of random stuff that can mean so much. He was proud to say that he wanted to try something new and do an art exhibit in the dark and he was the first to accomplish it which I thought was pretty amazing.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I first walked in the art exhibit I thought it was cool how it was pitch black and all you can see are sculptures with neon colors and random things put together to create something so beautiful. It’s crazy because there was one piece that I stared at for a good fifteen minutes because I didn’t really know what it was or the meaning of it, but I couldn’t look away and the longer I stared at It I started to think of a lot of random things that it can be. There wasn’t a second where I was bored or I wanted to leave because his work was just so interesting and different than all the other artist I’ve seen and It was an experience I will never forget and hope to see more of his work as well.