Media: Mixed Media, Plaster, Clay, Cement
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Website: no website
About the Artist:
Nick Bamford is in his fourth year graduating from CSULB with a BFA in Ceramics. He grew up in Huntington Beach, taking ceramics classes there. Bamford decided he wanted to pursue collegiate education in ceramics because of the classes he took then. Bamford is the only person in his family to pursue a career in the art field. His hobbies include all sorts of art: for example, he enjoys painting, sculpting, and working on current projects. His interests mainly revolve around his work.
Although it appears that Bamford’s work is random or unorganized, that is not true. He made it clear that each piece in his body of work is a representation of himself brought to life. He was inspired by the desire to go beyond his normal work and patterns and try something new and maybe even strange. He wanted to do something original. That is why Bamford chose to incorporate lighting in this body of work and display it in the dark. Another unique idea that he incorporated was to take materials and pieces and put them together in an entirely new visual context.The main goal Bamford was pursuing was a chance to challenge himself, and through creating these large and unusual pieces, he succeeded in just that.
On a formal level, this body of work is astounding. The way that these heavy and light, large and small objects and other materials all balance upon one another is very well planned out whether is looks random or not. In order to keep everything balanced, it needed to be constructed in a specific way. The range of materials also shows the inspiration of getting out of one’s comfort zone.
I enjoyed this exhibit, although it was a bit daunting at first. This is the first exhibit we have been able to see in the dark, which I found to be unique, just as Bamford was working toward with his show. I would love to know how long it took him to find and construct the materials for each piece, but I didn’t have the chance to ask. I imagine it took a very long time. I saw his work from 2015 and in comparison, this is very different and new. I feel that Bamford definitely accomplished his goal of challenging himself and creating something new and original in a body of work.