Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Miscellanous Objects, Mixed Media, Wood, Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is a senior at California State University Long Beach achieving his BFA in Ceramics. Nick is a Huntington Beach native. He found his love for Ceramics when he took a Ceramics class at his high school. He loves to have art and be active in the art community. Nick described that one of his passions is to do Mixed Media art. This type of art is a clash of different forms of media to create a unique image. In his free time, he creates as much art as he can. Again, as I described before, he does art from different forms, so he has described doing painting which we can see in this medium he has shown to us.
What is immediately interesting about the exhibit it is its almost completely in black light and lowlight. The potpourri objects used are pretty far between. We have shopping carts, flags, and even some gear pieces. Also, the use of neon colors creates a sharp contrast with the darkness that surround it. He would also use paper and other materials in front of light source to create a certain light diffusion. Overall, his pieces had jagged edges and created a feeling of unease. This seems completely intentional as most art pieces have every aspect of the art piece controlled. That is the most accurate assumption you have to make while looking at art.
I believe the piece, like most others, is a critique. I believe it might be a slight commentary on society and how overwhelmed and bombarded we are with things. Things in this case being tangible objects. This could be the idea that represents all the items that are piled on top of each other. For us, we pile objects and then feel they are “junk” so maybe it represents this idea that these objects are “junk”. Also, it is intentionally creating a fantastic spectacle. This exhibit helps show Bamford’s imagination gone wild. We see this imagination as these pieces are far away from what we would assume that would come from an exhibit such as paintings. The observer is almost completely taken off guard by this.
Synthesis / My Experience
This piece actually reminds me a bit of the 80’s. A time of turbulence. Which is represented by the seemingly chaotic pieces. Also, a time of neon and acid “trips” which could be the lighting and the lightings “feel”. The lighting is constantly disorienting and distracting to the eye. This is what the exhibit had me feel, for others that could be different. It was actually one of the more interesting exhibits we have had this year. I personally really enjoyed the pieces because they were mixed media. I have never seen this specific style of artwork or anything remotely close to it. However, Nick Bamford’s art piece truly stands out and is extremely unique. This exhibit will stick with me for a long time.