Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed Media, Plaster, Wood, Random Objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,
About the Artist
Nick Bamford was the artist I met this week and he is currently an undergraduate student at CSULB. He plans to graduate at the end of the semester and is currently working towards a BFA in the ceramics programs. After he graduates he plans to go to graduate school at either Yale or UCLA. Nick is from Huntington Beach and there is where he found his love for ceramics. He has always enjoyed art but decided to make a career out of it after taking a ceramics class in high school. In his sculptures he enjoys taking pieces of everyday life and re-purposing them.
At the first look at Nick’s sculptures, one may think that they are strange. When you get closer to them they almost seem to defy gravity because of the way they are built. The base of the sculptures is quite large but as it goes higher it seems to either decrease in size or get bigger. Most of the sculptures look as though they are going to fall over as well. The sculptures also look effortless. Each piece has many others pieces on top of it. It almost looks like a bunch of random objects thrown together. The neon lights add a youthfulness and a sense of beauty to these sculptures. The sculptures up close almost look scary due to the pieces holding them together, but the lights give them a feeling of beauty.
Nick enjoys using all different types of shapes and materials to create his sculptures. He wanted to stray away from the idea of a traditional sculpture. He did this by using a variety of objects that wouldn’t normally be thought of as art. He also decided to use black lights which is normally unseen by other artists. By using such bizarre items and black lights, Nick really steps out of the box of traditional sculptures. The whole idea of taking items that are normally found in a different context and putting them into a new context, is the purpose of his sculptures. His sculptures are an exploration of shape and form. He explains that,”these are forms that decided what to be through process, I was kind of just there just helping them along the way”. This quote clearly identifies how Nick lets his art take on life and creates it in the moment.
Synthesis / My Experience
So looking at Nick’s sculptures I was immediately weirded out. The colors were cool to see because it looked like a club but looking at the individual pieces of the sculpture, it was a little creepy. Some of his sculptures looked as though they were deconstructed pieces that resembled the human body. This was a little strange to me. Sitting there for a while and really looking at it, I began to warm up to the sculptures. Yes, I thought they were strange but yet they were interesting. I could see the effort within the piece, although I couldn’t understand it. I actually liked not being able to understand it because it seemed each sculpture had its own life and a thousand different meanings.