Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No Name
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week at the art gallery my classmates and I got to talk to CSULB artist Nick Bamford. Nick is a ceramics major and is in his last year here. He plans on going to graduate school at schools like UCLA and Yale. He is from Huntington Beach and was first exposed to ceramics when he took a class in high school and he has been doing it ever since. His exhibition has no title and his inspiration for his work is basically that no one else has done something like that. His hobbies are his art work and playing guitar but his art work takes up majority of his time.
Nicks sculptures consist of many different random objects connected together to form a sculpture. There are a lot of protruding objects such as rods, metal smaller scultures, shopping cars and lights. A lot of very uneven shapes and oddly placed objects. Materials are found objects, plaster, cement, and even wood. It was a very interesting setup and everything despite being placed in weird spots, made an impressive sculpture.
Nick is all about living in the moment and does not really have a set inspiration for his work. He just allows himself to flow and go by what happens instead of trying to convey some sort message. He wants his audience to interpret his art however they want. His exhibition has no title, his pieces do not have names, and he does not plan. It took him about 5 days to create the sculptures and he does ceramics majority of the time.
I thought the sculptures were very interesting because unlike most of the exhibits that we have seen this semester, this exhibit was way different. It did not have a central theme, meaning, or any inspiration. It is just completely up for interpretation which I found really cool. I really liked the sculpture with the shopping car, I think that’s Nick’s favorite as well. I would have never in a million years thought about using a shopping cart in a sculpture so his creativity is off the charts. Nick is a talented artist and I would like to see more of his work.