Artist: Nick Bamford
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No website
I thought this was the coolest gallery i’ve seen this semester in my opinion. Nick Bamford is currently an undergraduate at Long Beach State working on his BFA for the Ceramics program.Nick grew up in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for art. In high school, when he took his first art class which was ceramics is when he realized his love for art. Nick always enjoyed art when he was younger and knew that when he grew older he knew he wanted to follow his dream and make some really cool projects. Nicks said his art works explore the idea of taking different items from their original context and putting them into a different form of context. He also loves using black light and wonders why its not used more often. he always likes trying new things in his art pieces.
His art work is filled with different types of materials. Most of the objects are like things that he found and his own objects that he has are his. He has different shapes and colors in his pieces. The object that stands out the most are the neon lights he incorporated into his art work. The neon lights gives hies art a really cool and fun feeling. He really likes the neon lights that’s why he decide to put them in his art piece.
Nicks work is really creative to me you can look at his work from all different angles and it looks different from every point of view. You can also tell that Nicks puts a lot of time and effort in to his pieces, he doesn’t just create it in a few weeks or something they all take time and have so many different things to it. but it’s just a sculpture of random stuff that can mean so much. He was proud to say that he wanted to try something new and do an art exhibit in the dark and he was the first to accomplish it which I thought was pretty amazing.
I think Nicks art work is amazing and unique any many ways. His art just seems so simple and versatile. Nicks expression are very free and he seemed like a real cool and relaxed person, someone that I can see as my friend. I really enjoyed the neon lights that bring his art to life and I think it makes it look really cool and fun.