Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Paint, Sculptures, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
The artist exhibiting this week is Samuel Jernigan. Jernigan is an artist from agricultural central California and he graduated from CSULB with a BFA in Ceramics. There was a time where he lived in his car because he would work on his pieces for 16 hours a day. Abandoned toys from the flea market are his inspiration for his sculptures. He wanted to do something that would bring them together.
Jernigan’s art consist mostly of ceramic pieces that resembles scraps of toys put together. Some of his pieces are brightly colored, which emphasizes his theme of childhood, while others are not, which invokes a feeling of incompleteness. The artist likes to use highly-pigmented colors and is very specific on the brand of paint. Being in ceramics, all of his pieces have a very smooth and clean finish.
In his gallery, Jernigan wishes to bring the ideas of abandonment and belonging together in one piece. Using old and inadequate toys left by their owners, he joins the parts together in order to bring a new sense of purpose in them. He hopes that his art would remind us of our childhood, a time where everyone was naive and had fun everyday.
To be honest, I was a bit disturbed when I went into the gallery. All I saw were creepy, misshapen toys. But once I got to learn the true meaning of it, I definitely saw the gallery in a different light. Instead of being creeped out, I felt sad for the pieces because they were thrown away by their owners. However, Jernigan brought new hope into them by putting them together to create a sense of belonging.