Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Process and Form
Media: Ceramics and mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
For this week’s artist conversation I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Bamford. Nick is a fourth year at CSULB, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He is originally from Huntington Beach but decided to go to CSULB to pursue not only a degree in art but also a career. Nick is the only one from his family to pick art as a career choice. His hobbies include painting, sculpting, and working on any of his current projects. Nick’s interests also revolve around most of his art work and hobbies.
Nick’s work is different from all the other art work I’ve viewed the semester. His artwork contains carmaics and lights, also random toys and trinkets adding individuality to his work. The sculptures’ scale are bigger than most art work I’ve seen, it is taller than the average human. The use of the backlights and glow sticks create and eerie yet exciting effect. His work is a combination of being jagged, undulating, sinuous and staccato. All the elements of his work come together to form something beautiful.
When I asked Nick why he chose to make this artwork, he stated that he liked the challenge of using different techniques of art and combining them into one. He wanted to bring different aspects and dimensions to his art work so it can stand out and not be like the rest of the artists at school. He explained that all of the things he made are not really random, that each of them have a specific purpose, place, and meaning to his art. “It was not coincidental or an accident, but more of a purpose”.
When I look at Nick’s art it gives me flash backs to an arcade and my childhood. The use of glow sticks and different toys/objects makes me feel like I’m 12 again, playing laser tag or winning arcade toys. His artwork stands out because he has so much going on, combined into one. The black light, glow sticks, skulls, and metal/chains also reminds me of halloween giving off a eerie/spooky, yet exhilarating/beautiful feeling.