Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Foam, Wood, Plaster, Cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East

Website: N/A

Instagram: nickbamf4d

Nick Bamford is an undergrad senior graduating this fall in BFA Ceramics at California State University, Long Beach. He grew up in Huntington Beach and his whole life revolves around art. His love for art started in high school ceramics and from there his passion grew even more.

Bamford’s art pieces were tall structures. They included many different objects, all of which had different textures and curves. He used bright, vibrant colors to “pop” out to the audience. To enhance the colors he used a back light which only amplified the colors and brought attention to the exhibit.

Bamford’s intention was to bring different context of objects together to bring a different meaning of them. He wanted to create something different, and did so though the different arrangements of objects. He also told us that he puts things of himself into his work.

I really liked Bamford’s artwork. It was different. It was vibrant and the back light was very cool. It brought emphasis to his pieces and brought meaning to everyday objects.



Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

 Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Marker, Inks, Canyon, MonoPrints, BassWood Carving

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com/

Instagram: N/A

Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student with an MFA in drawing and painting at CSULB. She taught high school and middle school art before returning to school for her masters. Before moving to California she lived in Boston, but after 13 years she got tired of the weather and moved to sunny side California. 

All of Cox’s work is different, but share a same common theme, Griffith Park and carousels. In most of her artwork she uses multiple strokes, especially circular motions to create the bodies of horses. In addition, she uses mono prints to create textures and pattern in her artwork. 

Since Cox is inspired by horses and carousels, she seeks a deeper image within her paintings. The carousels resemble everyday people and the endless cycle of life. This includes moving forward in the same motion as carousels and making mistakes, but moving on.

Cox’s artwork is very intricate and I enjoyed it very much. Her message speaks to me as I relate a carousel to my own life. It makes me think back to past relationships and friendships, the fast abrupt changes and how moving forward was the only option to growing up and moving on. 

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

Sean is an undergraduate student at CSULB in the BFA Metals Department. She is currently 23, and graduating after this semester. She is originally from Los Angeles but currently resides in Long Beach. In her free time she loves to read, play games, and play with cats. She loves to experiment with new things.

Cabanig’s work is inspired by her range of emotions through copper and silver. Each piece has no certain shape, yet tells a story of emotion from her point of view of random thoughts and her surrounding environment. She used paper models for construction as a “rough draft” of her actual piece.

Through her own understanding of the environment and her humor, many of the pieces were made. Of the pictures seen above, her favorite piece from her exhibit was the chain ring. Sean explained to us the simplistic beauty in the ring and how much patience was put into a single project.

I really enjoyed Sean’s work. The metal pieces were intricately done and the jewelry was beautiful. I would love to wear the choker or the ring she made. Some of her pieces weren’t like I had seen before such as the penises, but I’m sure the metal was hard to manipulate, really showcasing her talent at metal-work.

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy
Exhibition: Merge
Media: Screen Prints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram: @Bri.joy

Bri is an undergrad student here at CSULB. She graduates this semester and was a transfer student from OCC. She went to art school which launched and was the foundation of her career, she is currently in the print making department. She has an Etsy where she currently sells her work. She’s from a very small place and when first coming to “city life” she endured culture shock. She enjoys being active, in fact she loves to do yoga, surf, snowboard, hike, and skateboard.

Bri best describes her work as highly organic. Her goal was to bring forth emotion through versatility in her line work. She used a computer for her screen prints and assembled it by hand. Her tools included water based ink and paper rolls. She only uses black and white to depict a greater meaning.

Being a representation of her past and present, Bri combines both organic and digital lines to emulate her own life. Coming from a small mountain town, her organic lines represent her past and the digital lines represent her present, in a city town such as Long Beach. Due a glitch in her computer, her self portrait was made to emulate today’s world.

I really enjoyed viewing Bri’s work. The organic lines were satisfying to the eye and listening to her inspiration behind the pieces was very relevant to me as I thought about how society in a city can really change a person’s views and outlooks on life.

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramic, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Stain

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: Mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com

Instagram: @AndreaWilliammms

Andrea is from Riverside, CA. While talking to Andrea, she mentioned how art and music has been such an important part of their everyday lives. In fact, she was in a band and played the drums. It wasn’t until she was 20 when Andrea decided to pursue art. She is currently an undergraduate student pursing ceramics. She is a mom, wife, and owner of dogs, pigs, and chickens.

Andrea’s strokes are textural loose, gestural, and hand-made. She tries not to smooth things out, including finger prints. Her repetition of objects focus on the texture and gesture. She loves working with cement panels, they took about a week to make.

Andrea’s exhibition was very religious. In fact, our conversation with Andrea gave off religious vibes. She described her work as religious, but with a twist. She hopes that viewers question religion, and therefore question art as well.

Growing up in a Catholic home, I understand the value of religion and its impact on lives. Andrea’s artwork questions religion, emphasizes the beauty of the human body, and more importantly the beauty of life. The red mason stain was very vibrant and powerful, emulating the beauty of life in motherhood, yet portraying how motherhood is sacrificial. I really enjoyed looking at Andrea’s artwork, it was nothing I had ever seen.

Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form Single Entity

Media: Sheet Metal, Beehive

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: @kreeestol

Krystal Ramirez is currently an undergrad student here at CSULB. Being a transfer student, she’s only been at Long Beach for two years, but is studying 3D Media. She hopes to com back to school after graduating to study industrial design. Her favorite type of material to work with is metal because she enjoys heating, stretching, and forming objects into functional objects. Krystal is a Huntington Beach local. In her free time she enjoys thrifting and painting.

Krystal’s pieces were mostly consistent of a linear form. Her goal was to make functional objects through abstract shapes. Her pieces were musically inspired. She discussed how her necklace was inspired by the analyzation of a Brazilian song and how her goal was to manipulate the metal to form dancing figures.

Krystal was a very easy going individual. When she said she enjoyed thrifting I sensed that functionality and the idea of transforming objects was an important ideal to her, which definitely reflected in her artwork. In addition, finding a muse through music helped her create a beautiful necklace. Through metal, she was able to create beautiful aesthetic pieces that were both functional and shared a meaning.

I really enjoyed looking at Krystal’s pieces. Out of all her creations my favorite ones were the necklace and the salt and pepper shakers. The necklace was a beautiful statement with the continuous flow of lines, that truly resemble dancing. In addition, the curve and form of the shakers were simplistic, but oddly satisfying to the eye.

Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Ceramic Clay and Montana Spray Paint

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan 

Instagram: @samueljenri

Samuel Jernigan is from Central California. He grew up around Fresno. He graduated from CSULB in the fall of 2015 with a BFA in Ceramics. He enjoys watching cartoons, reading comics, and playing the guitar. He most especially loves to bike. He’s a fanatic about pens and was inspired by toys in his pieces. Samuel is very dedicated, he often spent 14-16 hours in his studio and rarely went home, most of the time he just lived in his car.

Jernigan’s pieces were very smooth, curved, and very large. The materials he used includes Montana Spray Paint from a German Company as well as paint pens from Krink, and of course, ceramic clay. Because of these paint brands and his ceramic technique his lines are very smooth and controlled, showcasing a premium effect.

Samuel was first inspired by toys when he visited a flea market. He noticed how abandoned the broken toys were and felt inspired by this effect. In order to bring attention to the toys, Jernigan’s ceramics were brightly colored. He exaggerated the sizes of his pieces to make a bigger effect. His work explores the idea of belonging.

I found Jernigan’s pieces very inspiring. I once took a sculpture class in high school and it was very difficult to mold my small figurines. I can only imagine how long each piece took. Jernigan’s exhibition reminds me of Toy Story. He’s putting emotions and feelings in toys.   His sculptures of fish, remind me of my own childhood and Dr. Seuss characters. I also found the busts of dolls very interesting as it reminded me of Cinderella. Through bright colors and smooth lines, he showcases the beauty of broken toys. He highlights the life in the toys through contrasting colors, almost speaking for the toys, giving off the effect that just because something is broken,  doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.