Artist: Nick Bamford
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Nick Bamford is in his last semester of the BFA ceramics program. Bamford is originally front Huntington Beach and enjoys the Long Beach area. His hobbies include playing the guitar, however, he enjoys art so much that it takes most of his time. As of now, he plans on taking a year off to continue his works and then proceed on to graduate school.
In this exhibit, there were three pieces. The disclaimer with these pictures is that these pictures do not do the pieces justice, as there is more details when looking at the pieces close up. The first piece I am going to examine is the one with the shopping cart on top. The whole piece itself was magnificent. It had a nice and smooth base to it. On top stemmed the rest of the pieces. The lights providing a nice contrast to the rest of the piece, reflecting each side in its own unique way. What stood out, obviously, was the shopping cart. Something that I did not notice until one of my classmates pointed out. I found the shopping cart to compliment the rest of the piece. The piece itself was smooth with the rigidness provided by the lights. The second piece I will be examining is the one with the triangle as the top. Much like the first piece, the lights gave the rest of the piece its own unique appearance. All sides were smooth and fluid with nothing popping out. The third piece I will be examining is the one with the fan, my favorite piece.It was my favorite piece because of the fan, considering it was a hot day. The piece was fluid like the others, and it popped out on some areas. What I found most interesting was how the outlet was hard to notice, making it part of the piece itself.
Bamford went on to explain his inspirations for the piece. His explanation was that no one else was doing this style. Bamford’s favorite piece was the one with the shopping cart. His attitudes surely reflected the way his art was. Since he is more spontaneous, that reflects his art. Instead of planning his art out it is based on the variables that define him. Bamford said the exhibit did not have a specific message, meaning it would be more interpretive of the viewer.
Personally, this ranks in my top three of art exhibits looked at this year. This could be thanks to the creativity in each piece, especially the one with the fan. Each piece was unique in its own way, and I appreciated that. This would be an exhibit I would visit again.