Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West
In this week’s artist conversation, I had the opportunity to talk with Samuel Jernigan. Jernigan is from Central California/Bay Area and is part of the BFA Ceramics program in CSULB, and is currently in post-bacc. He has been working with ceramics since the 2000’s. He discovered art not through formal education but got in to it by working for a ceramics production company. After a person asked him what gave him inspiration, he simply responded, “awkward feelings”. After reading the piece of paper in the exhibit, he stated that his art works represent his childhood and sentimentality.
While waiting for the gallery doors to open, I was looking from afar and I saw one of the ceramics through the door. It looked exactly like the Yoshi character from Super Mario, clearly fulfilling the sentimentality from childhood. Upon entering the doors, I felt the vibe was extremely different from my previous artist conversation. While the last one was more dark and depressing, I could sense light and enjoyment. One of the pictures below is of a bicycle, Mobility without Aim, that is separated in to different pieces. I found this most intriguing because of the field I’m studying, engineering. Seeing the different pieces taken apart shows that art does not have to be whole, but separated. Although it is separated, the art piece itself is a whole.
Personally, I felt that this exhibit was nostalgic due to the familiarity in pieces. Jernigan’s intent was to show his sentimentality thus bringing out nostalgia. The art pieces were all ceramics. They were all smooth and free flowing with the use of different colors and shapes. The stands on which the pieces were on seemed to be an extension of the piece, further bringing out the piece. Below is another piece and a picture of Jernigan drawing a crowd.