Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No Name
Media: found objects, plaster, cement, wood
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Nick Bamford is currently an undergraduate in his last semester at Cal State Long Beach. Currently Nick is pursuing to major in the BFA ceramics art program. Nick exclaimed his work really isn’t inspired by anything in particular, more by the simple fact that he wants to create. Nick likes to think that his passion for art began after taking a simple ceramics course in high school. Although his parents don’t really have an appreciation for art, Nick continues to pursue art because that is what he likes.
The exhibit that remains untitled by Nick, is home to large-scale sculptures. This sculptures consist of random objects from shopping carts to windmills, while being held together by plaster, cement, wood. The sculptures maintain no shape in particular. They jut out at you in the dark room with rough sharp edges and twirling and flashing objects. An array of colors such as lime green and hot pink light up the exhibit. Nick exclaims there was no inspiration behind having his exhibit in the dark, he just believed it would be cool.
Nicks’ work is personal coming from different context and making them whole. That’s how Nick likes his work to be seen. All objects used in the sculpture, even though they may be random tie into Nicks personal life. Nick wants you to take in the pieces however they affect you. Again nothing really inspired Nicks work bedsides dos own artistic insight.
Overall Nicks exhibit was really appealing to me. The fact that it was one of the first exhibits that I have seen in the dark, I found to be really creative. The variety of objects he managed to put into each sculpture was impressive. I also enjoyed the idea of using the fluorescent colors on the sculpture to illuminate the dark room. I enjoyed this exhibit very much and definitely won’t be forgotten.