Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Wimsey and Ideas
Media: Ceramics, clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a graduate right now, he just finished his bachelor’s degree in art after majoring in ceramics. He enjoys playing music, reading comics, and binge watch cartoons as well as riding his bicycle because he has lots of energy that he likes to exert.He actually lived in his car for a while because he was working 14 – 16 hours a day so he didn’t see the worth in paying for rent when he wasn’t even there most of the time. He enjoys fresh fruit and produce so he works at a farmer’s market but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to indulge. His favorite type of doughnut is double chocolate with nuts on top.
His main media is ceramics and most of the pieces are smooth as well as interchangeable. The colors are also well placed and work to pull off the maximum effect. He had said that he uses a very specific Montana brand spray paint and that he likes it because it’s very controlled and has the most dexterity. Many of the pieces look like works from animations and everything is just very well executed.
His works are inspired by toys and expresses animation, belonging, alienation, and so, also contradictions. Samuel had said that he doesn’t really have titles for his works because they change on what he thinks is funny at the time and so he would also not really talk specifically about any of his works. His art comes from his music and he said that becoming an artist was a natural step of being a curious person but he doesn’t really call himself an artist since he has been playing music since he was ten so he considers himself a musician. I think he’s just trying to portray images of childhood and creativity.
His work is about going back to childhood days and being a curious person. Just letting the world be the world and you taking your own likings and bringing those to the foreground. They mean no matter your age, you should always have fun and keep the little things with you and I believe his work does that well.