Week 13-Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Clay,Cement, wood,plastic

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery

Website: N/A

Nick Bamford is a fourth year student here at Long Beach State University majoring and will have a BFA in ceramics which is an art program here. He grew his passion and knowledge  about ceramics when he was just in high school. Before coming to study here he first grew up in Huntington Beach and is the only person in his family to pursue an art career. He works in a high range of sculptures and art that has to do with clay.

For these particular art the lines of the sculptures are very symmetrical and there is no roundness to them. Everything appears to be descending downward because the lines seem to be facing down each time.Each of the sculptures included wood and other materials giving it a random affect. The lights in the art includes an illuminating element to his pieces. They hit certain points in midair and on the ground that lets the viewers see important angles. Everything ties in the middle and that is where most of the materials are located.

I believe that Nick Bamford’s message with his sculptures was up to the viewer. He never really mentioned the meaning behind it which to me means that it can have multiple ones. Not only do the sculptures have a random factor to them but I think it adds to how random life can be to someone and hold meaning to others. To the artist I think it was a way for him to express himself rather than express a meaning important to him. Ramford had important angles to his sculptures and I think that rather than flowing together it swipes together which might show something about his art style to begin with.

I have never see an art sculpture like this especially adding light into a dark exhibit. Usually with sculptures the try to add additional light to focus on all part but this time it added darkness and you had to look for what was there. To me the art was showing the viewers about how all art is not the same or it doesn’t all have to circular like many art things. This is something very different and it takes a while to get used to. It looks different to each viewer because the dark might pin point the top, middle, or bottom for certain people. Overall I like the uniqueness to it and the glowing effect it has is very mesmerizing.




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