Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Wood, foam, clay, mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Nick is an undergraduate senior working towards his BFA degree in Ceramics. He will be graduating this semester and plans on taking a year off before going to graduate school. When asked about his interests, he said that he enjoys building things and experimenting with them. Taking things out of context and putting them into another context was the idea behind Nick’s creations.
This exhibition displayed three pieces of Nick’s artwork. Some of the media he used were clay, cement, foams, and wood. All of them used ambient theatrical lighting, but each of them were also unique in their own way. One of them had a standing doll at the base with multiple items protruding from what seems to be its back. Another one had a colorful fan that was spinning at the top of the piece right next to a very long, green stick of light. The last one had a shopping cart and a prosthetic leg stacked on each other with sticks of light in between. When Nick was asked which one was his favorite piece, he said that he liked the one with the shopping cart because it took him the longest to make. Amazingly, the whole process for the exhibition took Nick five days to build.
According to Nick, he wanted to use neon lights because he always favored black lights and he believes it brings a more artistic meaning to his pieces. It also brings forth different emotions to his audience. Nick always preferred art, but he found out that he enjoyed ceramics more when he took a class in high school. From that point on, he continued his passion for years.
When I first walked into the exhibition, I was not expecting it to be dark. I thought it was really creative how Nick made each of his artworks. I have never seen anything like this and I thought the black lights definitely added more complexity to his pieces. I was wondering the whole time how he was able to put each of the items together. I was also wondering how it stayed balance because the tallest piece looks very fragile. I also thought his artwork with the fan was a really awesome concept. Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibition because it was new and interesting to me.