Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with artist Nick Bamford. Nick is a senior, graduating this semester with a BFA in ceramics. Nick is also a lifeguard from Huntington Beach. When I asked Nick what he liked to do in his free time, he said that art was his life and that takes up a majority of what he does. He is obviously very passionate about his work.
When you first walk into the exhibit, it is quite shocking. There were three large sculptures and the room was dark, with the only light coming from the neon that was illuminated from the black light. When I got closer, I began to see other objects hidden within the sculpture that were not apparent at first. There were several different textures and shapes that were contained in the sculptures, and the angles were all over the place. It was interesting getting up close and seeing all the different components of it.
Nick mentioned that he wanted to branch out and try something new with this exhibit. He got out of his comfort zone and worked with different materials and concept to create it. However, the inspiration behind the sculptures was very close to himself and his personality. He chose items from his life that reflect upon who he is and his personal life. They may be “random” items, but they come together to form a sculpture in one harmonious form.
Nick’s exhibit got me thinking a lot about the different directions that life can take someone. I found it interesting that Nick is a ceramics major, but he used no clay in his sculptures. It showed me that I can branch out and do other things that intrigue me or that I’m passionate about, even though they may not fall into a certain category of my life. Overall, Nick’s exhibit was extremely interesting to be able to experience.