Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Foam, Wood, Clay, Various Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
This weeks artist is Nick Bamford. He is a 4th year ceramics major at California State University of Long Beach. He grew up in Huntington Beach, California. This is where he found his passion in ceramics when he took a class in the subject. He is the first member of his family to go to school for an Art degree. When asked what he likes to do for fun, he stated that his work and hobbies overlap each other. He enjoys to work on his projects and finds it to be the most interesting part of the day.
Bamford’s series of pieces are made using foam, wood, clay, and different forms of media. All of the sculptures are not made with one of these forms of art. This exhibit is definitely the most colorful I have seen this year. The lights are of various colors and are the main source of lighting at all in the room, since the main lights are turned off. The added medias are different all around the various sculptures and work their way from top to bottom. These would include the skulls, fans, and animals within the pieces themselves.
Bamford’s series of pieces main goal is to depict the changes in time. More specifically, the cycles of growth and decay. Bamford also stated that what may seem like a bunch of random objects to each are not really random at all. They are all placed with an intent to express the power of time. The death and life themes are both present in each of the pieces. The skulls in combination with the bright lights create an interesting dynamic that has not been explored in depth by many other artists.
Overall, Nick Bamford’s work has been the flashiest exhibit I have seen. I personally really enjoyed the initial random vibe that you get when you first see the sculptures. However, a closer look depicts that none of these pieces are truly random. I liked the colors that contrasted with each and portrayed order and chaos at the same time. I had a fun time observing these pieces and thus, give it my seal of approval. Nick Bamford currently does not have a website but you can find him on instagram at @nickbamf4d !