Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed Media, Plaster, Clay, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery
Nick Bamford is a fourth year here at CSU Long Beach who’s graduating this spring with a BFA in Ceramics. He’s from Huntington Beach, surf city with a love of the arts, and learned about ceramics there while in high school. He took classes which lead him to deciding that a college education in ceramics would be best for him and his interests. His medias of arts vary to sculpting and painting and he’s the only one in his family to try art as a career, with his sister as an accountant.
His art work is styled to seem like a random unorganized pile of objects labeled as art. It has various angles, heights, and colors. He stated that his work is meant to mirror himself and his persona portrayed as a physical piece. He was determined to come up with something original and deviate from his usual art patterns. He wanted attempt to make something new, to not just him, but with art in general. Walking into the gallery, the lighting is usually minimal, but never had it really been dark, his pieces were the sources of light and brought up to attention in the dark. Bamford wanted to try something new and different that he hadn’t experimented with, so he went with the curious shapes and pieces.
His work is totally different from what I’ve seen in the galleys this whole semester. It was different and unique and the angle of the literal art pieces and that of the artist were the most abstract I’ve seen thus far. Everything is dependent of the other on the sculpture and its reliance on balance rests on the piece alone, which could be how he sees himself as having to rely on himself for the most part, being the only artist in his family. It could also be paralleled to that idea in the sense that he feels that he’s made of all these random pieces that don’t relate to whats the norm, like how he doesn’t fit into his family’s normal mold.
The exhibit was enjoyable to see. I appreciated his take on ceramics and it was nice to see something different that I wasn’t expecting. I liked how his work wasn’t exactly centered around ceramics and how he ventured out of his comfort zone for this exhibit and displayed something original like he intended.