Week 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Exhibition Information

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Plaster, Cement, Wood, and Found Objects

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: NickBamf4d

About the Artist

Nick Bamford is an undergraduate in the CSULB School of Arts Ceramic. This is his last semester before he graduates from California State University of Long Beach. He wants to continue his art career by going to graduate school at UCLA or Yale. Nick is from up north and moved down to Huntington Beach when he was little. He is currently living in Huntington Beach. He was always interested in art until he took a ceramics class in High School which made him consider getting a degree in Ceramics. In all of his pieces he makes sculptures with ceramics and found objects in a totally different way.

Formal Analysis

Nick Bamford’s art pieces are totally different than many other artist. His art is really personal and wants to bring found objects to reality. As you can see in the pictures below he incorporated a shopping cart in one of his pieces. All of his pieces are large with sharp edges. His pieces also had different dimensions from having a fan on one piece moving to release air to the room and lights working on all the pieces to give them individual characters. He was trying to get colors that glowed in the dark from red, yellow and neon green by using black lights to highlight main points in each piece. He told us this whole exhibition took around 5 days to create.

Content Analysis

Nick Bamford’s work creates something new from bringing in found objects with ceramics. When he brings in found objects it puts his pieces to a whole new level many people never seen before. He also told us he wanted to be different by having his whole exhibition in the dark and be one of the first people to do it. His pieces are spur of the moment that create different views by the way you look at it. Another thing Nick told us was that he likes things to just happen on there own without any plan. This is way he considered his exhibition different from others.  His favorite piece out of his exhibit would have to be the one with the shopping cart. I would have to agree with him on this one.  He likes to make stuff that no one will recognize and this is what makes him unique.

Synthesis/ My Experience

I would have to say out of every single Artist so far this semester, this is my favorite exhibition. The reason I say this is because I love to see people incorporate the use of black lights and it reminds me of Halloween when my family decorates. At first I was wondering how would you come up with this but you just have to stand and look at the pieces for a while. I would recommend standing at the piece that had the fan going so you could get some type of air conditioning in that room. Overall, Nick Bamford did a great job on his pieces and I could see myself looking at his pieces in an Art exhibit in the future.


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