Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No website
This week we got to see a rather interesting artist named Nick Bamford. He is currently an undergraduate in California State University Long Beach getting a BFA in the Ceramics program. Bamford grew up in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for art. In high school, he took a ceramics class in which he began to find interest in making more art sculptures using ceramics. Bamford always enjoyed art when he was younger and knew that when he grew up he would want to follow his dream and make some really unique pieces. Bamford’s art works explore the idea of taking different items from their original context and putting them into a different form of context. He also enjoys to try new things such as black lights and sculpting different works using a lot of random items. Besides art, he enjoys just making things and being inventive. He also enjoys painting, sculpting and just working on his current projects in his free time.
Bamford’s art works are extremely interesting to say the least. When I first walked into the gallery, I noticed three huge sculptures with black lights and a lot of different items being put together. The color scheme was pretty much green, pink, orange, blue, and purple black lights on each sculpture. These pieces had a lot of straight, linear objects that held the items together. There were shoes, fans, flag, pictures, chains, bells and a lot of random items in the pieces. It seemed like all these items were clustered onto the sculpture that was being held together by long pipes and other linear and rectangular handles and sticks. Bamford’s works were very colorful and contained a lot of linear lines and strings and items that were clustered in that made it very interesting.
Bamford’s ideas and inspiration for his work is just the idea of putting different, random items from their original context into another form of context. Like the shoe in his sculptures, the shoe is supposed to be worn on someone’s feet however, he puts it in a different context such as hanging it off a pipe like piece from his sculpture. His ideas explore the sense of stepping outside the box and trying something new. Bamford isn’t afraid of being different and creative in a sense of what other people might presume as putting random stuff together and calling it art. When creating his pieces, Bamford just focused solely on putting different items into a context where know one would understand, but I suppose that’s what makes him unique.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s artist, Nick Bamford. His works, unlike any other artist I’ve seen has really made me see art as something else. I enjoyed his creativity with items and putting them in different forms and context, but I’m not exactly sure how it resonates with my life exactly. I suppose that I would need to step out of my comfort zone and not be afraid to try new things. I’m always afraid of judgement, but from Bamford’s work, it made me realize I should do things for the experience and not care about what others might thing of me.