Media: plastic, plaster, foam, wood
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
Website: Doesn’t have one
Nick Bamford is currently a student at CSULB and is getting his degree in ceramics. He’s from Huntington Beach and transferred to Cal State Long Beach from a community college. He became interested in ceramics in high school after taking a class.
For this exhibit there was a lot going on, but in a good way. There was different lighting and moving objects which made the pieces quite fun to look at. Funny enough being a ceramics major, there wasn’t much ceramics going on with his pieces. There were different types of materials included which I thought was pretty cool, like there being a plaster mold of his hand which he refilled time after time until the mold disappeared. The lights that were apart of the pieces added a new dimension to it which was pretty interesting and brought the artwork to life. When talking to Nick, I found it quite charming that when asking him how long it took to make his artwork, he simply said with a smile, ” it took 5 days”. It’s pretty remarkable stuff for such a short time frame.
I asked about his artist statement in which he said he like to use lighting to bring out emotion. And he wasn’t necessarily trying to evoke a certain emotion rather than he was leaving that open to the viewers, which I thought was a cool concept. He mentioned that he also liked to tamper with new things and go out of his comfort zone, which is pretty evident from his pieces. He’s definitely not afraid to explore and go beyond what he knows, which in turn makes a good artist.
I really did enjoy not only the exhibit but also the way Nick presented himself and his work. It’s clear that he’s passionate about it, yet very laid back and takes its as it goes, which I think is a pretty good balance. It’s a good reminder to have fun with things in our lives and not to be afraid to step out of our comfort zone and try new things.