Week 13 – Artist Conversation- Nick Bumford


Artist: Nick Bumford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Mix media, plaster, random objects, clay, cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

This week artist I got to meet was Nick Bumford. Nick is currently a senior here at CSULB and plan to graduate this semester witha  BFA in Ceramics. He took ceramics back in high school and wanted to keep on going with it through college. Nick is from Huntington Beach where he’s the only artist in his family and has a little sister who does accounting. Most of Nick’s free time goes into making his art pieces.

Nick’s artwork was very unsual than the other artists I’ve met so far. His art is like a collaboration of random items place together to hold each other up. I like how he use specific lighting to give it a nice neon color in the dark and there were items like a cage, dolls, strings, and many sticks to give more room so that Nick can add on as much pieces he can. It was confusing to see the pieces since it was dark but it seemed they all fit together pretty well.

Nick felt that he wanted to explore and try out new things in art that no one has ever done. So he used different shape of objects to add onto the piece where he even add some pieces he own into the art to reflect himself through it. Using the lighting effect with the art was something he thought of within five days he was doing this project. I believe Nick reached his goals since it did confuse many of the classmates, and the fact that he completed this, it was a challenge brought upon himself bringing together these pieces.

I felt that Nick went out of his way in his comfort zone to bring this piece to life and I can compare that with my life. When taking this course I am a shy person and when it comes to getting a classmate conversation every week, I try my best to get out of comfort zone and speak with anyone who’s willing to talk. As a result, Nick’s product came out really nice with many objects on it and I can end this semester with more friends on campus.



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