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.
Artist: Bri Joy
Media: screen printing
Gallery: Csulb Schhol of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Brianna Joy is currently an undergraduate student at CSULB and is expecting to graduate in the next semester or so. Bri first went the Orange County High Scholl of Arts and this is where she believes her passion started. She than went on to Orange Coast Collge before transferring to CSULB. Bri comes from a small town where she was isolated and when she arrived to Long Beach she felt culture shocked. The culture shock was good though as she says it inspired her artwork. Aside from art, Bri enjoys sports,surfing,yoga, and snowboarding. She enjoys outdoor hobbies just because that is what she grew up doing as a child in the small town.
Bri’s primary use of art consists of screen printing. When you first look at your work you try to look for the image through all the lines. In some of her pices she has clean lines while other jagged sharp lines. Bri explains that the inspiration behind her work is trying to bring forth emotion through the versatility of her life, something that seems simple can be really complex. She believes the shifts in lines help her bring her point across. All of Bris’s work is black and white. She didn’t want to use color because she believes color conveys emotions. This was the first time Bri worked in black and white. She believed black and white would help her message behind the art become stronger. Bri also explains that her gallery is sort of like her life starting with clean lines in her first work in the gallery such as her piece Modesta and her later work in the gallery is more digitized with abrupt patterns and more rugged lines perhaps representing her move to long beach.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bri’s artwork . My favorite pieces were the more digitized images that were later in the gallery. What I liked most about her was that she wanted to put forth her best work when representing her name essentially her brand. She values her name and wants her work to represent her upbringing which is why she doesn’t have a website because she wants her work to have all she’s got and right now with school, she can’t put all her time into her work. I can’t wait to see what other works she has in the future.