Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Neon Lights, black Light, wood, Cement, clay, and sculptures
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Nick Bamford is an undergraduate her at California State University, Long Beach. This is his last semester her at CSULB. Bamford is currently in the Ceramics Program and getting his Bachelor in Fine Arts. He is planning to go to grad school but is taking a year off to continue his work. He is from Huntington Beach and he said that he always liked art. It wasn’t until he took a ceramics class in high school that he realized he really liked doing ceramics as he saw it as a way to create things. Some of his hobbies include painting and playing guitar. Through Bamford’s art he said he likes it to be more open for interpretation. As he like to turn ordinary, everyday objects into art. By fitting different objects together and giving it a different perspective than what everybody usually sees.
In Nick Bamfords’s art he likes to use a lot of different medias. One re-occurring meida he used was neon color lightning. These light really make the pieces stand out more and the more intrigued I was to see the art pieces. The art piece comes in many different shapes as Bamford would place the objects on top of each other in awkwardly positions. Making the entire shape of the piece into an odd, multi-angled object and since things were stacked of each other the pieces were fairly tall. Since most of his sculptures are comprised of random objects, there was a wood, a shopping cart, and glass.
When first walking into this exhibit I was intrigued and fascinated as the lights and size of the art pieces caught my attention. When talking to the artist I understood why the art pieces were like that. Bamford wanted to take ordinary objects and turn them into something extraordinary. As he said he likes to do things in spur of the moment. He has no specific message h is trying to convey but as I mentioned earlier he likes his art to be open for interpretation. Hence, why he didn’t name his exhibition but at the same time be able to alter the audiences perspective on how ordinary objects can be morphed together to create something brand new and original. Yet, he also included the black lights to bring a whole other perspective and dimension to his work.
I really enjoyed this artist’s art work. It is something I’ve never seen before. As soon as I walked in I blown away and memorized. The black lights is the first thing that caught my eye and made me very curious in Bamford’s pieces. Not only the lights but the height as well! I really enjoyed how Bamford was able to take every day ordinary objects and transform them into brand new works of art. I also really liked how this artist said that he wanted to viewer to interpret and have their own perspective on his artwork. Some artist usually have a specific meaning and want you to see it but not this artist. Bamford wanted you to see his artwork in your own perspective and allow it to be open to interpretation.