Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a graduated student here at California State University. He graduated and got his bachelor in fine arts and is in the Ceramics program. He was applied to USC and UCLA to pursue his masters degree. He is from central California/Bay area. Many of his interest include playing guitar, binge watching but besides that he mostly spend his time in the studio. Jernigan’s inspiration comes from flea market, thrift stores, and his feelings of awkwardness. Although his first chose wasn’t in ceramics he decided to pursue a career in this because he was exposed to the material and knew a lot in ceramics.
For all of Jernigan artwork he did sculptures but his sculptures were with great precision. the media and material for this artwork was ceramics and the sculptures came in many different forms and sizes. Also many of the sculptures were had color ad reminded me of childhood toys. Many of the artworks had smooth textures but some did have a more rugged texture.
I found that his art work had a lot of childlike characteristics. When asked how he would describe many of his art works he said “they are like giant toys”. Since many of his sculptures are inspired by broken mistreated toys he found at flea markets. Jernigan also mentioned that most of his inspiration is from his feelings of awkwardness. Yet through his art he is able to demonstrate their beauty because to Jernigan its all about belonging.
I really enjoyed Samuel Jernigan artwork because i enjoyed seeing other peoples interpretation of awkward feelings and randomness. I also enjoyed how he was able to transform his inspiration of broken toys and demonstrate their beauty. I never thought of the stories my old toys are able to demonstrate. He was able to capture this essence because when I looked at each art work I knew that had a story to tell.