Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Plaster wood, Urethane, Foam, Found objects, Etc.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is an undergraduate student here at CSULB in the ceramics program. He’s originally from Huntington Beach and he’s always had an interest in ceramics but his real passion started in his high school ceramics class. Most students take ceramics because of high school requirement to take an art class but Nick saw it more as a stepping stone to creating more inspired ceramic pieces in the future.
Ben’s work consists of seemingly random objects pieced together to form giant sculptures. These pieces stand between 7 and 10 feet tall and almost reached the ceiling. It’s interesting to see the combination of stationary objects combined with objects in motions such as spinning wheels on some of the pieces. Another interesting combination is the use of neon and black lights. Neon lights typically project a bright color outwards while black lights bring out color in it’s surroundings that aren’t picked up by the human eye.
I feel that Nick was trying to portray a message through his work that art should speak for itself. It is everything that you want to see and more. Take the lighting for example. He has both neon and black lights which cover a broader spectrum of light and colors that people rarely see in combination. This along with the seemingly random array of objects intertwined within the piece made me feel as though he wanted his audience to see what is and isn’t there.
I believe that all art is subject to the viewers perception and the context of the art form. We discussed this last week in class where we all thought about “what is art”. Even though other people might see things differently than I do, I don’t let it take away from my own experience. Seeing different exhibitions every week has given me a more refined appreciation for all art forms. Maybe Nick didn’t mean for the light in this work to have an effect like it did on me, but that’s what stuck with me the most.