Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Paint, Sculptures, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
For the the second week of artist conversation and gallery visit, students were able to visit different galleries and examine the art work. This week, only one artist was available for discussion and that was Samuel Jernigan. Jernigan is from Central California, the Bay Area, and just graduated from CSULB with a BFA in Ceramics. Jernigan has other interests aside from his artwork, such as playing the guitar and reading comics. For this exhibition, the Weight of Whimsy and Ideas, Jernigan presented artwork that he had worked on during his time here.
For his artwork, Jernigan uses clay/ceramic to build sculptures of the awkward feelings he has while working in them. Of the work presented in the gallery, they are inspired by abandoned toys from the flea market. All the sculptures that makes up this exhibition was created by Jernigan within a four month period. He also explained that at one point he was living in his car because a sculpture would consume up to 16 hours of work in a day. These sculptures are very creative and unique compared to others that have been seen in the galleries.
From the exhibition, one piece of art work that stood out to me was the fish with a big smile. The reason it stood out to me is because how Jernigan explained this sculpture and how it made him felt. Jernigan discussed with the students that at one point he was having a difficult time in life and was sad, but while creating this fish, he was seeing the fish smiling back at him. He explained that this piece of art has affected him a lot and this type of work is what I think is most interesting. Artwork should tell a story or represent the artist and show its true meaning.
After having viewed the exhibition and all of the work it consisted of, I thought it was a bit odd how some of the sculptures looked incomplete. The reason I felt this was beaver use they had toys or other figures representing the head of the sculpture. After having heard the artists discussion, my views changed. The reason is because I understood what drive him to create these sculptures and their true meaning. I liked the art works uniqueness and colorfulness. Overall, the work created by Samuel Jernigan was interesting and good.