Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No Title
Media: Plaster, Foam, Wood, Cement
Gallery: CSULB – Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Social Media: Instagram – nickbamf4d
Nick Bamford is a undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach in the BFA Ceramics program. He plans on graduating at the end of this semester. Nick is originally from Huntington Beach and always grew up drawing and painting, he explained that a ceramics class he took in High School really drove him to create sculptures. He credits Pablo Picasso as his favorite artist.
Nick’s pieces are very structurally interesting. Various objects are stacked and towered on top of each other like a very artsy game of Jenga. Nick uses neon lights that really add color and interest to the pieces. They are all a fairly large scale, being significantly taller than me. The pieces are incredibly interesting to look at because with every moment of inspection comes the discovery of a new element to the sculpture.
Nick uses the unconventional to create his art. He uses items from his everyday to create his pieces and doesn’t want viewers to search for an obvious predisposed meaning to his work. Rather, he wants the audience to look at all the elements and find their own interpretations. He explained that he uses items other artists wouldn’t and wants his “psychedelic” sculptures to become an escape from real life.
I loved Nick’s sculptures. I immediately wanted to get close and look at the details and each individual item that made up these interesting pieces. I thought that the sculptures were very modern and cool, something you’d see in a well decorated mansion. I loved that there was no forced far fetched meaning or inspiration behind the pieces and had fun creating my own.