Week 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Untitled
Media: Mixed Media, Clay, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: does not exist
Instagram: @nickbamf4d

Nick Bamford is a senior at Cal State University, Long Beach in the Ceramics and Sculpture program. This spring, he plans to graduate with his BFA Ceramics. As child, Nick moved to Huntington Beach from Northern California. He was inspired to create art after taking a ceramics class in high school and hasn’t looked back since. In his free time, Nick likes to create and work on his art.

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Nick used found objects to create the works in this exhibit. This meant that the pieces where assembled from a lot of really random items. This included a shopping cart, a prosthetic foot and lots of glowing lights. The lights are what stood out the most in the dark room. Glowing in all sorts of neon colors, it added a cool rave-like effect to the exhibit.

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Although, the observer may take one look at these pieces and say that they are just random junk put together and label, Nick assures us they are not. He says that these pieces represent him and he wanted to challenge himself by creating something like this. The lights are used to help people see the works in a literal different light and relate to him though the works. The most important concept nick explores in this exhibit is the idea of taking seemingly random objects and incorporating them under a single new context with a meaning.

For the most part, when I see exhibits like this I tend to be more skeptical. It is easy for me to write it off as random junk just tossed together. Although, after hearing Nick talk about his thoughts behind the scenes it was clear that this was an experiment and challenge for him. I think the idea that that Mr. Bamford wants us to take away from this exhibit is that context does matter. Context tells the story of the object and can also change it’s story entirely.

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