Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Plaster, Cement, Wood, and Found Objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Nick Bamford was born up north and moved to Huntington Beach, California at a young age and where he currently lives. Nick is an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach School of Arts Ceramic. He only has one semester left until he graduates but wants to continue his art career in graduate school in either UCLA or Yale. He was into Art but what made him pursue a career was a Ceramics class he took in high school. In all of his pieces he makes sculptures using ceramics and random items in a unique way.
Nick Bamford’s work is completely different from your typical art. His art personal and his goal is to bring random items to reality. All his pieces are tall with sharp edges, they have different dimensions, and different colors. He showcased his pieces with black lights with colors that stood out in the dark room like neon green, yellow, and red. What was crazy is that it only took his 5 days to complete this entire exhibition.
Nick Bamford’s art is something unique, it incorporates random items with ceramics. By bringing in the random items it definitely attracts people to see exactly what it is all about. What he mentioned was that he wanted to stand out from the rest of the artist, so he put together an exhibition in the dark. Nick said that he likes pieces that, “happen on their own without any plan.” which I thought was a badass concept. That is how he considered his exhibition different from others. His favorite piece was the one with the mini shopping cart, I couldn’t agreed more, that was the piece that I wanted for my own room. He is a unique artist because he likes to make stuff that no one will recognize.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Out of the two artists that were there, I had to go with Nick’s. The artist with the maze across was pretty cool also but needed a bit more. Well this exhibition caught my attention because of the black sheets at the door. As I walked in the room was dark and lit up with black lights. His work was random but super badass! It was so dope to all these pieces come together and make a piece of art that really tells a story. I would love to have one of the pieces in my room but with random things that resemble me. It was also a hot day so when I walked up to the piece with the fan on it, I thanked the lord. Overall, Nick is a very talented artist that needs all the recognition he deserves. His art really connects with the life of a college student…random.