Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Wood plaster, Foam, Found objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Nick Bamford is from Huntington Beach and is a undergraduate senior majoring in Ceramics. He came into CSULB for their ceramics program and is expected to graduate this semester. During his free time, he likes to make art. Art takes up most of his time, but he also likes to play guitar. This is his second show this semester and his fourth time using light and sculpture. His work is more intuitive because he doesn’t like planning things out and likes to let things flow.
His work was an exploration into process and form. When I walked in the room, I thought it was so cool. This was my fist time seeing an art gallery like this. The different colors of the lights caught my attention and there was also a colorful spinning fan on one of the artworks. There were also many miscellaneous items used for the artworks. The items ranged from a shopping cart to a bird in the cage. The pieces in the artworks were also positioned in all sorts of directions. Some were upside down, sticking out, or just hanging. It was nice to look closely at different places to see what kind of item it was.
The art gallery displayed his abstract sculptures with formal placement. He used found objects as materials. His artworks took him five days to complete. He used black lights to make them self lit and used different types of special effects. The process was short because he didn’t have much time to think about what to do. It started with a couple of sticks and now, the final products were displayed in the art gallery. There wasn’t any inspiration for the artworks. It was more of like a spur of a moment because he just got penciled in to have a art show.
There is no specific message in his artworks, it’s more like how you interpret it. Nick wants the audience to have their own interpretation and not try to make the audience have a certain feeling. I’m not really sure what the message of the artworks were. I think it’s a whole bunch of emotions and feelings going in all sorts of directions. In general, his work dealt a lot with materialism and expressionism. Overall, I really enjoyed his artworks and thought that they were really unique. I hope he continues to make more art! (: