Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

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Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Untitled
Media: Wood plaster, Foam, Found objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: None
Instagram: nickbamf4d

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! (:

Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Alicia Keyworth

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Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: F*ART
Media:  Cotton Thread, Trash Bag, Metallic Yarn
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: None
Instagram: aliciakeyworth

Alicia Keyworth is from Los Alamitos. She started at CSULB as a Freshmen in Graphic Design, but she ended up switching her major. She took a fiber class and decided to major in that. She is current studying for her BFA in Fiber and BA in Art Education. She is expected to graduate next semester. She’s also trying to get her single subject teaching credentials to teach children from grades K-12. She loves to weave during her free time and she has two cats. When she weaves, she loves working on repurposing the fleece. She would have to wash, carve, and spin.

This week’s art galleries included artists from the BFA and MFA fiber program, and other disciplines. Alicia’s work is inspired by the Pacific Garbage Patch. She is really interested about the environmental focus on waste and the repurpose of items. The metallic part of her artwork is an abstract image of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Her work focuses on the process from start to finish. In her art work, she used a lot of scrap pieces. Her favorite artist is Sheila Hicks. Alicia likes a lot of her fiber pieces. Alicia’s own style is free in sense of materials, but it is very structured with the processes she uses. She uses a traditional process, but she uses different materials.

Her art work is a woven hanging wall piece. Her other works are usually more colorful because she uses a lot of scrap pieces. However, for her artwork in this exhibition, she went completely opposite. To challenge herself, she only used two colors. She only had one artwork displayed at today’s exhibition. Her artwork is made out of woven cotton yarn, trash bags, and metallic yarn. Alicia allowed us to touch her art piece and the texture was really unique. It was kind of rough, but at the same time it was smooth. The gold metallic yarn really stood out.

Overall, I enjoyed the art gallery and Alicia’s artwork. There were many amazing artworks displayed. I really liked Alicia’s artwork and it is something that I would hang on my wall at home. I was fascinated when I was told that her artwork was made out of trash bags and yarn because I wouldn’t have known just by looking at the artwork.  Something so simple turned into a beautiful art piece.

Above is Alicia’s artwork: Wasteful Growth 2016

Above are some artwork from various artists from the art gallery.

Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Kristi Jensen

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Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity 
Media:  Metals and Jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East and West
Website: None
Instagram: whipperton

Kristi Jensen grew up in Nevada, but now lives in Los Angeles (Venice). Before, she was a flight attendant for about 8 years. Kristi started as a sculpture major, but it wasn’t a good fit for her. She is now majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts, Metal and Jewelry and is expected to graduate next semester. Her dream is to be able to find a way to make a living that is related to the work she does. She wants to use what she learned at CSULB to make money.

Today’s gallery are art works from a huge span of classes. There are about 100 pieces from about 30-40 artists. Some of the work are from people who have had experiences ranging from 4 weeks to 4 years. If she were to choose a favorite piece out of the whole gallery, it would be very hard for her. It was very encouraging for her to see how some people were able to create beautiful pieces with only 4 weeks of experience. She sees them as having natural talent. Out of her 3 art pieces displayed today, her neck piece is her favorite piece because she enjoys the technique. She likes how you have to be very precise when working with that type of technique because you have to know what you’re doing or else you’re going to mess up. Kristi enjoys working with metals because she likes to set things on fire and hit things. She also enjoys knitting, fiber art, reading, and watching Walking Dead. Her focus right now is jewelry. Kristi finds that this type of medium is very forgiving because she can take it apart and put it back if she were to make a mistake.

Jensen said she waited til the last minute to name her pieces. Her goal is that she needs to work on the whole process instead of just finishing her pieces. She needs to document, take pictures, and have titles for her art work. She has been working with metal for about two years. The time frame to finish her art work depends on the complexity. From starting with sketches to completion, it takes about 3 weeks. Sketching and working with a paper model can work out problems one can encounter. Her inspiration came from her grandfather. When she was 5, she used to watch her grandfather fix televisions. She would watch him fix it and put it together. She finds that process similar to her work. Her grandfather taught himself how to fix TVs and liked to try new things. Even though she was 5 years old, it has had a profound influence on her.

Her work coveys nothing specific. It was driven by process and she had to learn techniques to find a way to work into her pieces. Occasionally, she would wear her pieces. Overall, I enjoyed the art gallery and Jensen’s artwork. Her artwork today dealt with sterling silver and steel. I really liked her neck piece. I thought the colors of the necklace went well together and it is something I would wear. Kristi also encouraged us to take a class involving metal and jewelry. After viewing the gallery, it made me want to give this a try.

Above are Jensen’s artwork. Top left corner: “Untitled 3” Sterling Silver 2016 Bottom left corner: “Untitled” Steel 2015 Right side: “Untitled 2” Sterling Silver, Cloisonné Enamel 2015

Above are some artwork from various artists from the art gallery.