Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford
Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Foam Objects, Plaster, Cement, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is an undergrad here at CSULB. He plans to graduate this semester and then apply to a graduate school. He’s always enjoyed art and drawing since he was a child, and he is majoring with an MFA for Ceramics. He was born up north but grew up in Huntington beach, and has one younger sister who is an accountant. He also plays the guitar.
This exhibit was actually glow in the dark. There were many bright vibrant colors on top of what looked like many unique but common objects such as a flag, a fan, a shopping cart, and a bird cage. The entire exhibit gave off a very Mad Max vibe in that it offered a chaotic yet wildly interesting style.
Nick himself stated that his artwork was meant to take objects out of their context and place them all together to form a new concept. His favorite piece is one with a shopping cart amongst it. I believe his artwork represents humanity’s chaotic lifestyle. That even though these are simply objects that we would normally see in another environment, they are all placed together to work as one unit. The structures additionally seem to branch out, as if they are like a tree. He may have not meant to display this message, but I can take it as if he is trying to show that the insanity of humanity is now becoming nature, taking over our world and replacing the one we once knew.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really enjoyed this piece because of it’s unique structure. I meantioned earlier that the artwork looked like the movie Mad Max, where ironically all the new forms of technology and all of these items that would normally be considered useful, are used simply for its wild and outrageous effect. It’s essentially exciting in that it offers a sense of rebellion and disorder. Additionally, the piece with a fan blowing on a flag brings forth the idea of a revolution or a war. The glowing itself mimics the sensation of a warmth within, as if the structure provides shelter from the darkness surrounding it. The eye on the shopping cart also can represent our unnesessary human desire for owning things and objects, the objects themselves are ultimately useless.