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.
Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; single entity
Media: Steel, silver, copper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gavov Gallery East
This week’s artist is Kristi Jensen. She is a returning student with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals and Jewelry. She couldn’t name somewhere she’s from because she claimed to be from all over. She moved around a lot and even said she went to 10 different elementary schools. Ironically, she had a job once that had her doing the same thing–she was a flight attendant. She was inspired by her grandfather and the way he would fix the television, piece by piece. One fun fact about her is that this event was the first she ever curated. Another series of fun facts would be that she is married with dogs, she cooks, and enjoys a casual glass of red wine.
Her works are as much jewelry as they are metalwork. She uses silver (sparingly) and copper the most. A visiting artist has has noted that her work has a recurring motif of curving. Judging from the three pieces present in the gallery, I would have to agree. The piece above is swirled inwards and curves were inevitably present. It was a beautiful piece as well, the shade of green seemed like a naturally-occuring shade.
It’s hard to pin down what metals mean in terms of contextual meaning, nevertheless the pieces were beautiful.
This piece was my favorite in the gallery. I love symmetry and this piece had pinned down symmetry in multiple dimensions and it was aesthetically pleasing. A masterpiece in my eyes. What interested me was that all of Jensen’s works were Untitled. But the work speaks for itself. No need for a flashy title when she’s made a fantastic piece of jewelry and symmetrical eye-candy. Upon asking her why they didn’t have titles she replied, “I’ve just always been bad at naming my pieces.”
This week I had the opportunity to meet a classmate by the name of Patrick Dong. He approached me and asked if I had interviewed anyone and after finding out that I hadn’t, he insisted on being interviewed. He is currently on his fifth year as an undergraduate in the Mathematics program. With his degree he hopes to be a teacher/professor in math.
On his spare time, he takes part in photography (a few samples of his work are available on his WordPress I provided above).
He also is a member of the CSULB Shotokan Karate Club. He plays guitar and watches Korean Dramas and listens to KPOP.