Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Wood, Plaster, Foam
Gallery: Max L. Gatov-East
Nick is in final year at CSULB. In fact, he is set to graduate this semester and he seemed very excited about it. He’s from Huntington Beach, CA so he’s a local artist. Fun fact about Nick: he came to CSULB for the Spanish program because he heard it was really good but he stayed for the Art program. When asked what he does on on his free time he–like many CSULB artists–told us that he just works on his art whenever he gets free time.
Formal Analysis of Nick’s work
Chaotic. There’s no sense of order, yet it remains balanced. Nick claims that his work is “spur of the moment” and one would be inclined to agree because it looks like he piled random things and formed structures from them. There are blacklights that illuminate the room that are installed into the structures which warp the colors present on his work.
Content Analysis of Nick’s work
Nick claims that there were no messages he meant to broadcast in his work. He created his structures to be intuitive. Nick just lets his art happen. Theres a penci sketch that he makes but he still withholds meaning so that meaning comes from somewhere else. He wanted meaning to come from the viewer and the elaborate pieces on display don’t disappoint with material to derive meaning from.
Synthesis of Nick’s work
There’s so much put into these structures that it’s hard to find one uniform idea that carried the structure into existence. But even with all that in the piece, the individual pieces find balance and maintain the structure despite the moving parts and chaotic nature. Support. That’s what I get from his work. I feel like if one piece were to go missing, the entire structure would collapse.