Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No name
Media: Ceramics, Glass, Mixed-Media
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
For this weeks artist conversation, I got the opportunity to join the conversation Nick Bamford was having with other students. Originally from Huntington Beach, Nick is currently an undergraduate art student here at Cal State Long Beach. Nick is on his final semester here at CSULB and plans to attend a graduate school, although he’s not sure yet. As an art student, Nick is an artist who works with different media’s, but he does specialize in ceramics. Although his interests mainly consist of working on art itself, Nick explained that he also enjoys playing the guitar.
When looking at his art, I noticed that Nick was a hands-on artist who interacted with his work a lot. Nicks work in this exhibition consisted of sculptures he created. These sculptures were made up of items such as wood, chairs, lights, glass, fans, and pipes. Unlike other work I have seen presented in these exhibitions, Nicks work grasped my attention as it was something that stood out and looked sick. One can tell Nick includes his own style into his work of art because they are creative and unique. The lights inside the room were dimmed so that the lights of the sculptures stood out.
When entering the exhibition, I saw that it was dark and expected to see art that glowed or had light. What I didn’t expect was to see sculptures made up of objects seen in everyday life. The connection made by Nick was darkness and light and how they play a role together. Another connection I thought of when he explained his work was how one can utilize typical objects and create something out of the ordinary. Nicks work was “hands-on” which shows the connection an artist can have with his work. Nick further explained that time itself helps create this sculptures because it is a process that happens when one begins to work. Nick said his favorite work was the one that included the cart and I will also agree that this one was the most interesting for me.
After having heard his conversation, I understood the work Nick had created for this untitled exhibition. I really enjoyed the view from this exhibition because it caught my attention right away. Ultimately, this was one exhibition that again present a new concept and context compared to others in the past. It is always cool visualizing new forms of arts in these galleries.