Artist- Nick Bamford
Media-foam, cement, wood clay, mixed media
Gallery- CSULB School of Art, Gatov gallery East
About The Artist :
This weeks artist was Nick Bamford, who was very enjoyable and very different to see. He is a senior here at CSULB and will be graduating this spring with a BFA in ceramics. He said that his education did not end here, he wanted to continue school into UCLA or Yale. Nick Bamford moved from up north to Huntington Beach in which he enjoyed his young age. His inspiration to his art pieces were to challenge himself. Not to use what he has but to do thing he has never done before in order to learn and grow. When he was in High School he did take a ceramics class and it happened to be his favorite and what pursued him to further his knowledge. His favorite artist is Picasso and his hobbies are to build things.
Nick’s exhibition was unlike any other I have seen so far this course. He used so many different colored lights in order to grab dimension into his art sculptures. His main purpose was to give it dimension and to make his sculpture look self lit, things that he did represent very well. He wanted to demonstrate different context and different meanings that made his art really stand out of the ordinary. The room was blacked out and he used a black light in order to make the room stand out more. Including the paper on the wall that he wrote about his exhibition. He had very neon colors all over his sculptures which made you really highlight the main ideas that he wanted you to capture including some of his personal life images.
Nick’s art pieces demonstrate different meaning it all depends on how the audience takes it. What I found interesting in every piece that he had was that on each sculpture there was something different. You would stand on one side of the sculpture and you see something interesting and then moves some inches over and see something completely different. He was able to meet his goal of doing it in the dark and do something different that he has never done before. Something that his audience did not see before and didn’t know it was possible to do.
Synthesis/ My experience:
When I first went into the gallery, I was like what the hell why is it so dark here. But then I was actually very entertained among the sculptures. Everything was so different from what I have seen before in these galleries. Something so different, yet kind of urban and hip. The colors made me feel happy. And I was actually glad that Nick likes to step out of his comfort zone, that is not often that I see.
This week I was able to meet Francesca Butler. She is a dance major, specifically ballet, here at CSULB. She is a senior going to graduate this year and will be moving to San Francisco soon to join LINES Ballet. She currently dances for Jessica Kondrath and the movement professional Dance company. She teaches dance at the YMCA. She is also minoring in Spanish. Her mother is from Argentina, has one older brother and another older sister from Sonoma county. Francesca spends all her time dancing, or rehearsals but when she does have times she loves to go hiking, and traveling. She has been to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Tanzania, Belize, Amsterdam, and Spain. She wishes she can spend more time doing these extra hobbies and playing with her pet dog named Cholula’s.
This weeks activity was Geocaching. Myself and some classmates made a group in order to find a Geocache on school Campus. Yeah we failed. I believe the Geocache we were looking for was next to the Galleries. I felt bad for not having to have found the geocache. But I also didn’t feel that bad because we were not the only ones that didn’t find the Geocache. We even asked our professor to help, because we thought we were nuts. We just couldn’t seem to find it. At the end everyone that was looking for this particular Geocache gave up. The professor still stayed to look for the Geocache, he seemed pretty determined to find it. I wonder if he did? This activity really helped me interact with other classmates, and even though this was not a group activity, making it into a group activity helped us learned how to work together.
Exhibition Information- Jennifer Chen
Media: Print Making, screen print, Gloss, photos, google images
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Mark J Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist: Jennifer is an artist majoring in print making, she has her bachelor in Biology and is planning to get her master in Printmaking.
Background- Before coming back to school, she worked for huge health corporations; however, she is experienced in print making for about 20 years she says. She will be teaching an Art class next semester, and her main interest is landscape, and particularly areas that have been damaged by water, fire, or any natural disaster.
Formal Analysis: Her art is based on landscapes in particular from google maps. It seem like she does layers with her pieces because off the landscape she gets from google maps and then the layer of colors and spots she does on the images. She did explain to us that in her paintings she does use gloss in order to make the images a lot glossier.
Content Analysis: Some of her art work brought me back memories of high school, in particular the lunch tables and the restrooms. The taggings were something I would see often in school
My Experience: I really enjoyed her art, it was something i have never seen before in an art piece.
This past Thursday I was able to meet Rosa Velazquez, a freshman here at CSULB. She is a business major. We talked about many things like why she decided to come to CSULB. She responded back with saying that she really enjoyed the campus, the vibes were definitely something that she was into. She also said that she chose this campus because it was close to her home, something that we have in common. I also chose this campus because it was close to home but not so close to home. She is from Long Beach herself, but was born in the city of Lakewood, California. One of her hobbies are going out with her friends and family. She loves to go dance with them. She has traveled only to Mexico, just like my self. She loves visiting Mexico because she feels like she is free from any stress, she actually feels free to do anything she want, and she likes to get away. The reason she took this class was because her friend told her to take this class with her, and she also used it as a requirement.
This activity this past Thursday was very interesting and something different. We did a little bit of Ephermal Experiences when going to the library and the book store. Two totally different places. The best possible way for us to remember Ephermal experiences is for it to stay in our minds. These types of experiences aren’t about taking out your cell phone and taking picture in order to capture the moment. It was about living in the moment and taking in all that we ca, because this activity is something I have never done before. Words and picture can capture an experience because I mean you can keep those images forever and go back to them in order to have that feeling of the time it happened. The way the image is portrayed or the way the font of the letter are done do matter. However, it does depend on the persons interest, some people remember more and other just don’t remember due to having no interest. People can share an experience with someone that wasn’t there by using our sense. Maybe touching and object, or even using imagery in order give them a sense of how it was. In my opinion it doesn’t to some extent. However, someone that is just taking picture throughout the whole experience ruins the fact of actually living in the moment.
My experience of taking picture in the library and in the bookstore were completely different. It seems that the Library is a very serious place where students only use it for quietness and studying. Where as the bookstore no one would stare if they took a picture in there. It seems that we sometimes break this rule of taking picture depending on the places that we are in. Some places are to be living in the moment and in full concentration while others is more socially acceptable. Again it depends on time and place for an actually physical image.