Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Sculptures, and Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: http://http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: @samueljenri

This week in the art gallery there was an interesting artist named Samuel Jernigan.  He is a CSULB graduate who recently graduated in Fall 2015, and is proudly in the CSULB ceramics program.  As far as he can remember he has been sculpting for about fifteen years, but he did mention that he took some years off to focus on other things.  Some things about this artist that really stood out was that he said at some point in his life he was living in his car for about three years.  He said that he would be sculpting to much that he would just sleep in his car and come back to work the next day. One of his favorite hobbies is collecting high end pigment pens, and reading comic books

Almost all of Samuel’s work revolves around ceramics and and ceramic paintings.  In his exhibition Weight of Whimsy and Ideals, he has many sculptures with many vibrant colors all throughout the room.  His artwork gives a very happy feeling, but at the same times its very weird because  there are many items that I have no idea what are their meanings.  One sculpture I over heard his talking about was two that he was saying can be interchangeable.  I thought this was pretty cool because when he gets tired of seeing his artwork for days the same way, he can just go and change just about everything.The theme was very clear, a sense of nostalgia. In addition, his inspiration to create these works of art came from kids toys he would see at real markets. Making it clear that his work consists of bringing different abandoned toys and making them interchangeable.

There was one piece that I really did like, but I still have no idea what it means.  It was the sculpture with the head of a woman and don’t get me wrong it looks nice but I was stuck there wondering why doesn’t she have any eyes you know. You can see that there is a small mold that she does have eyes but then again she doesn’t have any eyes. Another sculpture that I liked just about the same as the one with the woman was the fish that was sitting in the corner.  I liked this one because it gave me a feeling of it being a toy that a child can play with, but at the same time its art.  I also like it because it does look like it can be a real fish but in reality there is no fish that looks like that so it shows a great sense of imagination.  Come to think of it the entire exhibition what just an entire room of someone who has a big imagination, but actually makes that imagination come to life.

Overall, this weeks exhibition was a great one.  Samuel gives his artwork a feeling of loneliness but at the same time the colors change that feeling to a happier tone.  In a way he was able to make the toys look as if they were happy when they were first used, but as the owner grew older and stopped playing with the toys, they changed their look and just look as if they are sad and lonely sitting around.


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