Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weigh of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: ceramics, spray paint,wood, steel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist:
Samuel Jernigan is an undergraduate student in the CSULB School of Art Ceramics program. Jernigan’s interests other than creating sculptures include watching cartoons, reading comics, and playing the guitar. Jernigan has loved music since a very young age and thought himself to play the guitar at age ten. He stated that his musician background definitely carries onto the artwork he creates. Jernigan describes his artwork as “ a bunch of giant toys” which is really appropriate because it is very whimsical. Three facts about Samuel Jernigan are that he lived in his car for three years, worked for a farmers market, and has a fascination with pens that write well.
The sculpture that I decided to do my observation on was an orange fish. The fish is made from ceramic and is spray painted orange-red. One of its eyes is spray painted white and the other yellow. There are also some small hints of gray spray paint throughout the entire body. The spray paint used by the artist is Montana brand spray paint because it is top of the line spray paint imported from Germany. The fish sculpture captivated my attention from the very beginning because it looked a lot like a character that can be found on a Doctor Seuss’s story.
The theme that the sculptures explore are belonging, alienation, and contradictions. Jernigan explained that he created his bust’s and different heads so that they can go into one another to show that people can decide what they want to be. He also mentioned that his artwork is very Victorian inspired because he likes to bring in a classical aspect to his artwork and contradicting it by bringing in a funny aspect.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
Samuel Jernigan’s gallery was very enjoyable and fun to walk around in. Stepping into the gallery immediately transported me onto a “Toy Story” world where I myself was the same size as the toys. The colorful sculpturers were brought to life with all the vibrant colors that Jernigan utilized.The sculptures looked very much alive with their welcoming faces and smiles. I really liked this gallery because it brought out the child in me and made me curious. I also liked the fact that Jernigan used a Victorian aspect on some of his sculptures because I am fascinated with the Victorian period. He was able to create something completely new but at the same time he brought in a classical aspect to his work.