Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: neons Lights, black Light, wood, clay, sculptures
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is a undergraduate student here at CSULB in the BFA ceramics program. He wants to continue his art career by going to graduate school at UCLA or Yale. He is from Huntington Beach, CA. In high school he took a ceramics class and fell in love with ceramics. He plays the guitar and paints on his free time. He is interested in mixed media art, which is clashing different forms of media to make a unique piece.
Nick Bamford’s art pieces are not what I expected. His art is really personal and wants to bring the objects to reality. For example the shopping cart used was brought to life with color. All of his pieces are large and have sharp edges. His pieces vary from having a fan on one piece moving to release air to the room and lights working on all the pieces . There were different colors that glowed in the dark from red, yellow and neon green by using black lights to highlight main points in each piece. His exhibition took 5 days to complete.
Nick Bamford’s work gives life to lifeless objects. The objects used are viewed differently as opposed to being viewed as lifeless. He told us he wanted his exhibition to be different by being in the dark. His pieces create different views by the way you look at it. Nick told us was that he likes things to just happen on there own without planning anything. This is way he considered his exhibition different from others because he did not plan it. His favorite piece is the shopping cart one. I would also agree with him on this one. He makes stuff that no one will recognize because it is not in its original form.
Synthesis/ My Experience
This has to be my favorite exhibit of the semester thus far. I enjoyed the black light effect and it reminded me of the black light run I was a part of. At first I did not realize what it was until I observed it and I noticed the shopping cart. If this was a class project Nick would get an A. I wish Nick the best in his career as an artist. I definitely want to check out his work again.