Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics Clay, Montana Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is from Central California (Bay Area), but he grew up outside of Fresno County. He graduated in Fall 2015 majoring in Ceramics. He has a background in ceramic production and was skilled in the material. His hobbies are playing the guitar, reading comics, and he likes to binge watch cartoons. He loves to ride his bicycle when he needs to expend lots of energy. He rides his bike for about two hours to center his mind. His artistic ability to express came from his practice as a musician.
During his whole time in this department, he spent about 14-16 hours a day in the studio. He never went home and it got to the point where he stopped renting. He lived in his car for about 3 years. He worked for a farmer’s market for about seven years in the Bay Area, which made him love fresh fruits and vegetables. He also doesn’t make work that he doesn’t find funny. His favorite donuts are double chocolate donuts with nuts on top. He is also a fanatic about pens that write well.
Majority of Samuel’s artworks dealt with ceramics clay and spray paint. He chose Montana spray paint that originated from Germany because it was the most premium and had the most control. Most of his work took about 4 months to finish. His artwork involved a lot of shaping and sculpting. I find that it’s amazing that some of his artworks can be taken apart and be rearranged.
Jernigan wanted to create something pretense of specific identity. For example, you can put anything on it, it’s just idea of an portrait. His inspiration came from when he was going towards a flea market and saw bunch of toys on blanket. They made him sad and he didn’t know if they were abandoned. This inspired him to bring the abandoned toys together. His work explores belonging and contradiction. He believes that contradictions are what moves people. He wants people to have feelings (emotions) by just looking at the art.
Overall, I thought this exhibit was very interesting and I really enjoyed looking at his artwork. If I were to look at his artwork alone, I wouldn’t have guessed that his artworks dealt with abandonment, belonging, and contradictions. His artwork made me interested in ceramics. I hope that one day I can take a ceramics class and create beautiful pieces that inspire me.