Week 13 Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Week 13 Artist Conversation –  hangtags #NickBamford #gatov #Markjgatovgallery

Enrique Plascencia  04 – 24 -16

Exhibition Information  – Artist – Nick Bamford

Exhibition – Untitled

Media – ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, black lights, Resin, Silicone, plaster, cement,


Gallery – CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website – none

Instagram – nickbamf4d

Artwork names – untitled

About the Artist – Nick Bamford  is a senior, undergrad, ceramics major 

Background – He is from Huntington Beach. This is his second gallery show, this

semester. After graduation, he plans to go to grad school, but he is not sure where yet.

He says that he chose  to come to cal state because he had heard that the ceramic program

was pretty good. he said that his works take about five days to finish.

His interests include sculpture.

  Ideas of work – He says that his work is inspired by everyday life, he loves challenging

himself to working larger and doing something different. He says that he does it to escape

for the moment.

Formal analysis – His work are very long and large sculptures of mixed materials like

found objects, old toys, shopping carts, drawings, birdcages, shoes, stuffed birds, cats,

machines, tools, fans, and etc. the works were glow in the dark thanks to the backlight.

The works have formal qualities of many different lines, shapes, colors, sizes.

The different materials also have different textures,

Content analysis – He said that his work is about placing things together to see how they

look and how they make him feel.

Synthesis. my experience – I liked his work because of the black lights and the glow in the

dark, the abstract qualities were also interesting. All the different shapes and things, that

you have to take time to look at and analyze.

In conclusion, it was a good conversation, here are some photos. 







Week 12 Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Week 12 Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen


Enrique Plascencia  04 – 14 -16

Exhibition Information  – Artist – Jennifer Chen

Exhibition – Succession

Media – Printmaking, ink. Screenprint, gloss, photos, google images

Gallery – CSULB School of Art, Mark J Gatov Gallery West

Website – none 

Instagram – none

About the Artist – Jennifer is an artist, majoring in printmaking, she is a graduate as

she got her Bachelors degree in biology and is getting her masters degree in printmaking

this semester.

Background – before returning to school, she worked for health corporations that help

people, she is experienced in printmaking for about 20 years.As a career she says that she

will be teaching a printmaking class next semester and hopes to continue to do so in the

future.  Some of her interest are nature and  finding interesting images.

Formal analysis 

Her work is based on photos of landscapes, maps, which she finds from google maps

which are abstract but still somewhat detailed. Some other prints were based on

what looked like graffiti, they had text, were smaller than the other prints  and didn’t have

much color.

Many of the works have many lines, shapes, as well as dark, cool colors , much of her

work varies in size, there is some  texture as some of them pop out and appear 3d.

She adds some gloss medium to some of her prints to make them shinier.

She says that she makes some of her prints bigger than others based on the importance of

the image, as she wants people to see all the details and see things that they may not see

at first glance and if it were smaller. She also says that she has even included a print of

the school camps, which many might have not noticed.

content analysis 

She says that some of her work is based on her education in biology, as well as changes

in nature. Ideas of her work include photos of landscapes, places that have been through

floods, fires and other things.

synthesis/my experience 

i saw Jennifer’s work at the printmaking lab before the gallery, it is good to see her work

as in my opinion it is really good and inspiring. it takes a lot of  long and hard work to

make work that is really big. I liked two of her prints that were mix of purples, pinks and

violets, which looked very nice. In conclusion, it was a good conversation.

Here are some photos.






Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

EnriquePlascencia – 03 – 06 – 16  #AliciaKeyworth #gatov #MarkJGatovGallery

Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition Information  – Artist: Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition: F*art –  Fiber Arts Group Show

Media: Fibers, trash bags, Cotton Thread, and Metallic Yarn

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: none 

Instagram: aliciakeyworth

Artist Background – Alicia is an undergrad artist, both a Fibers and Art education major

and is graduating next semester with a BFA in Fiber and BA in Art education. She is

currently working on her teaching credentials as she hopes to become an art teacher in the

future. She is thinking about perhaps teaching kindergarden students. 

She is from Los Alamitos. When she was a freshmen in college, she was in graphic design,

but she saw that she liked fibers and teaching more, so she switched majors.

Her interests include weaving and cats as she has two. She is currently working on making

a sheep fleece. She likes to go to San Juan Capistrano to see the animals called alpacas.

She said that some of her work explores materials that are thrown away, but are

repurposed and used for other purposes.

Formal Analysis – She only had one work in the gallery. which was called

“Wasteful Growth.” It is not that big and it was black and gold. rectangle shape.

As mentioned, the materials are fibers, trash bags and metallic yarn.

She weaved the metallic yarn and added metallic yarn through the trash bag.

She weaved the plastic of the trash bag that is held together by thread. The work is

detailed unclose  but looks more simple from a distance.

The texture of the trash bag is plastic and was soft. The metallic yarn was smooth, but not

rough. it is durable material. the work has some rhythm, it is straight. It is also simple and

has different lines.

Content Analysis

She said that for this work she wanted to be able to be free and try different materials that

aren’t normally used together. She said she does works based on process. She is interested

in  environmental issues like the got the garbage patch in the ocean, which inspired this

work.   she used scraps. This work is not very colorful but she said that her other works are

more colorful. She did not want to include a lot of color in this work as she wanted to do

something different.

Synthesis / My Experience

I though that this work was simple but had an overall message of repurposing materials

that were scraps or trash. She tried to do something different. I have not seen the garbage

patches that she was inspired by. So this work does not resonate to me to me, but this

work has different meanings for different people.  i think that it is detailed and well done.

It was cool learning about different processes of making things, especially with recycled

materials. In conclusion, it was a good conversation.

Here are some pictures of the artist, her work and other artworks also at the gallery



Week 5 Activity -Artist conversation – Kristi Jensen

Enrique Plascencia – 02 – 19 – 16

#kristijensen #fuse #gatov #MarkJ.Gatov

Week 5 Activity – Artist conversation – Kristi Jensen

Exhibition Information   –  Artist: Kristi Jensen

Exhibition: Fuse: a join to form a single entity, metals group show

Media: Metal, Steel, Copper, Gold Leaf, Cloisonné Wire, Enamel,

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Mark J. Gatov Gallery West, East

Website: None

Instagram: whipper ton

About the Artist

This Thursday I had a good conversation with my friend Csulb Metals artist Kristi Jensen.

She is a  metals major, undergrad senior and she graduates in the fall.

She is a returning student as she had not graduated prior to this.

She has been in metals for 2 years as she was ceramics before, but said it wasn’t for her.

She is president of metal arts guild  and she was in charge of this exhibition, which I and

others I know are also part of. I met Kristi in enameling/metals jewelry last semester.

She often makes and sells her own jewelry. She made two similar pendants and sold one of

them. she hope to continue to do this after graduating. She often works at home in Venice,

where she has all her tools and materials.

She is from Nevada, and she was a flight attendant for eight years before returning to

school. Her interests include TheWalking Dead, Knitting.

Formal Analysis

She has four works in the gallery which all are very beautiful and well done.

The work includes a necklace pendant, ring and two sculptures.

Her works are untitled as she says that she sometimes has trouble coming up with names.

The works vary in size and color. As the necklace and ring are very small and the other two

works are much bigger.The ring is shinny silver, the pendant is green, blue handsome

purple.  Her works are straight not jagged. the texture is smooth. three of the works have

some negative space.

Her work has different lines and shapes as the ring and pendant are round and oval.

The other two works are round with other shapes as well.

the artwork that had rhythm was her sculpture which resembles a round bottle or base,

had many different lines going in different directions and created shadows.

Content Analysis – The works have to do with color, technique, process,and form.

She said that these works were made as a result of her love to  make and create things, she

also loves to learn and experiment with different techniques and try to combine them in

her artwork. She gets inspired by different techniques and other things in nature. She said

that it takes approximately 3 weeks to make each work.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really like the artwork in the gallery. They are a lll well done and interesting.

They all have different meanings but they come together to become one. Works are paired

together in their similarity. This work inspires me and it was great to see work from

people that I  know and I saw work on their art.

Here are some pics of her and her work. The instagram post i posted of her and my plate.

Some pics were taken by Jing Huan Ooi







Week 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Enrique Plascencia  – 02 – 14 – 16

# SamuelJernigan #MarkJGatovGallery #West #MarkJGatovGalleryEastandWest


Week 4 – Artist conversation – Samuel Jernigan

On Thursday I had a good conversation with Csulb artist Samuel Jernigan about his work.

He had a gallery of his ceramic, sculpture artwork at the Mark J. Gatov Gallery

West in the CSULB School ofArt.

The title of his art gallery was Weight of Whimsy and Ideals.

He is a Ceramics major and graduated this last Fall 2015, he is currently working on his

coursework.  He said that he wants to go to UCLA for graduate school for ceramics.

Some of the names of his artworks were the title of the gallery,Weight of Whimsy and

Ideals, Mona Lisa Smile and Cookie Monster/raisin cookies. 

The media of the work includes ceramics and acrylic paint.

His website is http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan  Samuel Jernigan’s Website

His instagram name is samueljerni

Some Background information on him includes that  he is currently from central

California near the bay area, but he was formerly from Louisiana. As a kid, he had a single

mom that had to work many jobs. She was very supportive of him, nonetheless.

He started working on ceramics in the year 2000.

He said that very long studio hours have affected his personal life, as he sometimes works

up to 14 – 16 hours. He also says that his work was so extensive that he once lived and slept

in his car for about 3 years. He also worked for the Farmer’s Market for 3 years as well.

His interests and hobbies include comics, beer, coffee, watching tv, cartoons, bike rides,


He said that he was in a band and he said that he always wanted to be a 3D Model Artist,

he has worked for several companies that commission his work as he did about five years

of production work.

He has also has more artwork featured at the EMOCA museum in Pomona.

He said that the intended message of his work is smile and have a positive attitude,

Sam said that he gets ideas for his work based on things that made him laugh, feel sad

now and as a kid. He also gets inspired by interesting things in flee markets, Farmer’s

Market, thrift stores. His work is also inspired by cartoons and toys.

His works take around 4 months to make each.

The semi broken fish named broke and happy symbolizes the message of feeling broken

inside when it came to being broke financially and mentally. It was broken accidentally

but he displayed it as it is intentionally.

Formal Analysis – In the works there are a lot lines, textures, there were many shapes,

colors and sizes.

Some works were abstract, unreal, realistic, there were a variety of objects like heads,

limbs, legs,fish tools, shovels, A bike, light bulbs, shoes, masks, a torso with colorful

swirls as a head.

What I think about his artworks – they are all very cool and interesting, nice to look at.

My favorite artwork is the big female head in the front, it was the first thing that I was

drawn towards, because it was real big and well done, smooth.

Some of the works  look delicate, but they are do not have visible sharp or dangerous


Some of the works are also a representation or symbolic of the artist,

The gallery has a positive vibe and attitude, almost all of the works look happy.

They are very playful and cartoonish.

I also thought that the cookie monster was well done, I liked it a lot.

Some works didn’t have color but they did not need any color, because they are very well


I was inspired by a lot of the colors and works, I learned a lot. Overall it was a great

conversation and gallery visit.

here are some photos of the gallery.