Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Spray Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is an artist from central California who just recently graduated from CSULB in the fall of 2015 with his bachelor’s degree. He was under the BFA Ceramics program and he is very interested in toys and their fate. Samuel also likes to work with the idea of trying to unfix the identity of things that have a very fixed meaning. He’s the kind of guy that likes to mix and match certain thing to create a whole new thing.
Samuel Jernigan’s work is childish and creative. He uses a combination of ceramics and spray painting to breathe life into his works. His ceramic clay gives them a form and his paint creates color which combine to give his work a sort of personality to it. The texture of his work is often smooth and the structure is often curvy with some jagged edges since his work is to show combinations of similar and different things. The shape is mostly symmetrical and they are very vibrant in color. Samuel even said he gets a specific type of spray paint from a German brand due to it being very controlled and sturdy.
His work symbolizes a different way to see toys. Samuel is trying to show how when we see something, there is often a different way of seeing the same thing. The mix and match combinations show how two different things have their own purpose and meaning, but when you mix them together, they create a new purpose. His work also exhibits a sense of youth and playfulness since most of his work is toy inspired.
Samuel Jernigan’s work gives me a fun and whimsical feeling. It almost makes me feel like a child again. One of his fish sculptures even look like it came right out of a Dr. Seuss book.The vibrant and bright colors that he uses remind me of a happier time. I also like his focus on making things interchangeable and adaptable. It sets a good example of seeing things outside the box and not just seeing the set meaning they’re supposed to have. I appreciate what he created in this exhibit and I think he should continue with this theme to further inspire people and give them that nostalgic feeling.