Wk 13: Artist Conversation-Nick Bamford

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: No Name

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: nickbamf4d

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.


Wk 5: Artist Conversation-Krystal Ramirez

Info Block:

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition:( Fuse: Join To Form A Single Entity)

Media: sculptures, mixed media, metal, jewelry

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: n/a

Instagram: Kreestol

Artist Krystal Ramirez is a undergrad transfer student who has now been at CSULB for two years. She is a 3D media major with metal and if that doesn’t pan out for her she would like to check on industrials for a major. Her interests are thrifting, painting, and antiquing. An interesting fact about Krystal is that she was actually inspired to do 3D art after she had took a jewelry class.

The Art pieces are made up of materials like brass, sheet, metal, Copper etc. The pieces are metal made and it was things like silver colored salt shakers, or a very sharp jagged looking gold colored necklace, and copper holders. It must be a very tricky process to be able to form art with different kinds of metals.

Krystal’s work is inspired by music so she wanted to create movement in her pieces as if they had their own flow. She also would like to be a designer for metal pieces such as silverware in the future and other lines of design. She prefers sticking to sculptural work.

I found the pieces very interesting. It must take great skill and craftsmanship to create these pieces. I have a strong respect for it and I like the creativity in the designs. My favorite piece was the gold colored necklace which reminds me of something worn in the middle ages. I do think the art pieces have their own flow and you can feel what she was trying to portray by the visual appearance of the pieces.


Wk 3: Artist Conversation

Info Block:

Artist: Diego Palacios

Media: Sculpture, Painting, Installation, Video

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: no website

Instagram: unknown

One of a few artists that had work present in the Gallery was artist Diego Palacios who is a sculpture major here at CSULB. Diego was not present in the gallery but I did get insight from another CSULB artist named Daniel who did the set up for the Exhibit. The theme of the exhibit was supposed to be a different perspectives type of environment.

The art piece that I focused on was the piece with the three industrial looking chairs made out of medal with the screen in the background with dogs roaming about in the video. Each chair had it’s own color. One blue, one yellow, and one green. The chairs were also made for rocking and were there for on lookers to take a seat in them.

While talking to Daniel I learned that Diego’s idea for the art piece was to symbolize a casual setting. It is meant to be seen as something that is routine, like an everyday look on life and living. The chairs that people are actually allowed to be sat in are meant to invite you into the art work.

I see Diego’s piece as very symbolic and quite creative. The idea of having chairs arranged in the way they were with a family like setting going on in the video on screen above the chairs really set a unique tone. It really makes you feel at home and does make you feel like you can be apart of the art.