Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a graduate from California State University of Long Beach. He graduated from the school in 2015 from the college of Arts in Ceramics. Samuel is from northern California, around the bay area. He plans to attend UCLA for graduate school. Besides art he loves classic comics such as Marvel. He also loves to watch cartoons and go on long bike rides. An inspiring thing that Samuel said was that he lived in his car for 3 years. I thought that showed that he was determined to fulfill his dream in pursuing ceramics. He makes art with the intentions of being funny. His ideology of his pieces are to show that obscurity moves people and that logic doesn’t. Samuel said that most of his art took him about 4 months to complete. Samuel says he can work on a piece for 14-16 hours a day. The sculptures that Samuel decided to show us were inspired by toys. In one word Samuel would describe them as “Giant Toys.” I thought it was interesting to see how all the sculptures were detailed. Samuel said that he used very expensive spray paint and paint pens. This shows why the sculptures were very detailed. The sculptures varied in sizes from large, medium, small and tiny. I asked about how fragile the sculptures were and he said they were very delicate. His inspiration came from old beat up toys. He felt upset seeing the old beat up toys so he decided to make sculptures in remembrance of the toys. What was most intriguing about his work was that he wanted us to remember our childhood and wanted us to remember the good old times we had with our toys. This actually worked because I did think back to my childhood and said “That looks like Dr. Suess characters.” My favorite sculpture had to be the fish because my favorite book as a child was “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.” It is amazing how I was brought back to my childhood and that this was the artist’s intention. I have never really interacted with ceramics and it was a nice experience overall. I did not know that so many little details can go into ceramics. It was also interesting to find out that many house hold items such as plates and plant pots are made from ceramics.