Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed media – Ceramics, Wood, Plaster, Found objects, Cement, Foam, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: Artist has no website at this time.
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is a fourth year CSULB undergraduate earning his BFA in the Ceramics program. He is very passionate about art, as evidenced by his difficulty to pinpoint any of his interests that are unrelated to art. Although he has always enjoyed creating art, Nick first came to the realization that he wanted to keep making art in his high school ceramics class. Nick enjoys building and creating things. In his art, Nick enjoys exploring with various forms. Accordingly, his favorite artist is Pablo Picasso, a pioneer in Cubism. Nick says that Picasso has inspired him to combine various forms, especially figurative forms.
Nick’s pieces are beautiful and jumbled integrations of various lines, colors, and other formal elements. The integration of various objects in the pieces allow them to convey a multitude of forms. All of Nick’s pieces prominently showcase sharp, straight line in their heavy integration of light sticks that jut out from the sculptures. Many of his pieces also integrate sinuous line, especially in their integration of circular shaped objects, such as a fan, skull, and wheels. Bright, neon colors are especially integral to the mood of the pieces, as they vividly highlight the various random objects of the sculptures. Overall, these various elements of the pieces contribute to their jumbled yet organized feel.
Although the artist asserted that he does not have a specific message he is trying to convey in his pieces, he emphasized the significance of the objects used in his pieces. In creating his sculptures, Nick used found objects that hold special meaning to him and to his life. He explored taking various items from various contexts and creating new forms. Nick also emphasized the importance of challenging himself and his abilities. In crafting his sculptures, he aimed to challenge himself by creating smaller-scale pieces, and by bringing new artistic meaning to black lights, in which he featured his pieces. Ultimately, Nick’s pieces were fueled by his desire to challenge himself as an artist.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really enjoyed Nick’s sculptures. I thought they were so unique and truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I love that he utilized unconventional media, such as random objects and black lights, and gave them new artistic meaning and life. Although Nick’s motivation behind creating his sculptures seems very personal, I found my own meaning in his pieces. I feel that the random objects and the jumbled nature of the pieces were very symbolic of life. I also felt that the vibrant colors that lit up the pieces were symbolic of the beauty that is found in random objects and, ultimately, in life. I love the idea that the objects in Nick’s pieces are so personal to him, and have meaning that is not revealed to viewers. Overall, I really loved Nick’s art and I feel that his creativity and desire to challenge himself is greatly expressed in his pieces.