Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Samuel Jernigan’s Website : http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Samuel Jernigan is from Central California. He graduated from Cal State Long beach in 2015 from the College of Arts in Ceramics. His goal is to attend UCLA for graduate school and get his degree in Ceramics. He has many interest from reading comics book and also going on long bike rides to even watching cartoons. He lived in his car for three years and worked for a famers market for three years. He stated when it comes down to art he won’t create anything that he does not find humor in so from that you can tell he has a good sense of humor. He said the art that we saw took him around 4 months each. He also stated that when he starts a project he can stay in an art room for about 14-16 hours a day because once he gets on a roll he does not want to stop until he finishes it.
The sculpture he had up on the art gallery were from his inspiration of toys. He consider this projects as “giant toys”. By having a bust it make the artist change the sculpture the way he wanted it. All these sculptures had a smooth texture on them with no sharp edges. He stated that he use expensive tools to get this projects together. The paint he used was called Montana. His art came in many different sizes, some were small and other were large.
This sculpture were inspired by toys. As he would attend flee markets he would always see beat up and old toys there and it would affect him because he wouldn’t want to see stuff like that. This would make him sad and upset so he started to make these toys into sculptures. The point of his sculptures was to bring back childhood memories to his audiences. This is one main point that make his work different from other artist
As I walked in into the gallery, this pieces were different from other I seen before. They stood out to me because as I seen them I thought about cartoons that I use to watch before. For example, the fish brought back memories from the Dr. Suess books because it looks very similar. It also brought back memories from old toys I use to play with. He had many artwork and I pick certain ones to put up because those were my favorite. The Cinderella piece is very precise because it looks like her body. It was different seeing this kind of art than regular painting because they didn’t have an impact on me like this artist had. I can relate to his work because as a kid I use to look watching cartoon and reading books.