Wk13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

Info Block:

Artist: Nick Bamford


Media: clay, plaster, foam, found objects, mixed media  

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: None ( under construction)

Instagram: nickbamf4d

About the Artist:

Nick Bamford is an undergraduate  student at Long Beach State University. He is in the BFA for Ceramics Program in the CSULB School of Art. Bamford grew up in Huntington Beach and it was there where he discovered his passion for art. When he was in high school, he took his first ceramics class and realized he loved it. Growing up, Bamford always enjoyed art and knew that when he grew older he knew he wanted to follow his dream and make art. For graduate school he would like to go to UCLA.

Formal Analysis:

The art piece that I decided to analyze is by Nick Bamford. The piece consist of different objects put together with black lights. The structure was very tall and it was being all held together by a piece of wood at the bottom. On the piece of wood there was a doll toy with it’s head torn off. The sculpture was topped off with wings that appeared to have belonged to a once alive bird.  The sculpture also has an old shoe with a bird in it. The piece was very interesting to look at especially under the black lights.

Content Analysis:

Nick Bamford’s work consist of different personal items that he has collected and puts them together to create his work. His work shows the cycle of growth and decay because some of the items are old but he is doing something new with it. He gives the items a new purpose in his work. The black lights serve to bring in a different dimension to his art instead of the traditional art.  

 Synthesis/ My Experience:

This week’s gallery was really interesting and very different than from what we have previously seen. The black lights were very cool in the exhibition and it allowed the art to be the focal point in the room. I definitely enjoyed walking around looking at all of the different kinds of things that made up each sculpture and hearing from the artist.


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