Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov East
This week we were able to meet Nick Bamford. He is graduating this year with a BFA in the Ceramics program. He is from Huntington CA which is where he found his love for art. When he was in high school, he took a ceramics class and discovered that that is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He found his true passion in that class. He explained that he does not really have much free time because he would rather be doing art.
Bamford’s art is very abstract and chaotic. His three sculptures were illuminated by the black light in the room. He explained that his sculptures were made out of “found objects” meaning that he just picked up random things and threw them all together. They were all stacked on top of one another and were sticking out in different places. There was a ton of bright colors to make his pieces stand out. These colors consisted of blue, pink, green, and many more.
Nick explained to the class that he did not want to give the art a message but instead wanted the audience to create their own message. Bamford said most of his art is an in the moment kind of thing and that he does not really know what he’s doing or why he’s doing it until he is finished with his piece. He likes the idea of having random things being thrown together to create something new. Nick also explained how fascinating it is for him to see how one thing can have 100 different meanings to each person.
I really enjoyed Nick’s exhibit. I loved the colors and how he brought all of the random objects together. When I looked at his work, it reminded me of my own life. I have random pieces in my life that all just kind of stick together and work to create something beautiful. I loved how he used to light to illuminate certain objects to capture the audience. It was interesting to look at one side and then walk around and see a whole new piece of art. This is the exhibit that I stayed in the longest because I found it absolutely breathtaking.