Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Plaster wood, Urethane, Foam, Found objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Nick Bamford is originally from Huntington Beach and is now an undergraduate here at Cal State Long Beach. He’s going to graduate this year from the Ceramics Program within the School of Art. He actually has a younger sister but she’s an accountant letting us know that art actually does not run in his family. Although he always liked art and drawing as a kid, it really brought him in when he took a ceramics class in high school which has caused him to pursue it for ten years now. Besides sculpture and ceramics, he also plays guitar but doesn’t do much else because art takes up all of his time.
When going though the doors of the exhibit, you have to go through two pieces of black fabric and as soon as you step in, you can see why. Going in, the first thing you notice is how abstract the sculptures are. They’re made of “found objects” as Nick says and they’re strewn together in quite the seemingly random fashion. Besides these found objects, the next main thing you notice is the blacklight factor. At first I had thought the lights within the sculptures were just normal lights but then I noticed my shirt as well as other peoples’ clothes reflecting color from the lights.
When asked what inspired him, Nick said he liked doing things spur of the moment. He prefers to just do intuitive work and to just let things happen. In this exhibition, he tried to bring found objects together to create a new piece. He even said he wanted to do his exhibition in the dark because no one else really does it. Another thing I found interesting was that he said there was no specific message to the audience, he wants people to interpret his work however they want.
Nicks favorite piece is the one with the shopping cart because it was the most difficult to build and I thought that was kind of funny, knowing he appreciates a challenge. Other than that, I thought it was really cool that he used blacklights because that was the first time I’d ever seen that and I’m pretty sure most people don’t. Another thing that was interesting was how he incorporated them into the sculptures because he made everything feel as if it was supposed to be together like that and that all these found objects were made to be together the way he put them. Lastly, it was fun to look at the sculptures from different angles and be able to get a whole different perspective on the works as if you were looking at something new.