Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Foam, Wood, Plaster, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East
Nick Bamford is a undergraduate at CSULB and will be graduating this spring with a BFA in ceramics. After graduating he plans to take a year off to continue his art and then apply to graduate school. Bamford is from up north but lived the majority of his life in Huntington Beach. One of his hobbies is playing his guitar. He has a little sister who is in accounting. He’s been interested into art since he was a kid but a ceramics in high school is what inspired him to major in ceramics.
This exhibit was interesting to me because of the Bamford incorporated the use of black lights. The black lights made whites and neon colors stand out in the room. H even used colored fluorescent lights and fans with lights on the blades to enhance the luminescence in the pieces. Bamford’s exhibit has a feeling of randomness with all of the miscellaneous items on the sculptures like a shopping cart, bird cage, flags, lamps, etc.
Bamford’s exhibit is about finding objects and bringing them into a new context. He wanted to create something unique, something that isn’t the traditional sculpture, thus the plethora of objects on the pieces. He used black lights to add a sense of distinctive flair to his exhibit.
I enjoyed Bamford’s exhibit. Although the objects on the sculpture may feel random and crazy, I feel that you can always find something new when looking back at his works. Looking at his pieces can even have a calming effect I think.