Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramic clay, Spray-paint, Glass, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan just recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in ceramics last year. His hobbies include going for outdoor bike rides in the mountains. Additionally he has an appreciation for comic books, which undoubtedly inspires his cartoon-esque style. Apart from being an aspiring sculptor he also works at a farmers’ market. Regarding his whimsical art-style, he has said that he often tries to create objects with humorous themes.
As a sculptor, his exhibition consisted wholly of ceramic sculptures. Personally I was particularly fascinated by the precise symmetry of his pieces. Upon first glance, the pieces’ similarity to cartoons denote an effortless sense of simplicity. However each of the smooth curves and exact details of his sculptures indicate hard work and time-consuming accuracy.
Samuel Jernigan’s artwork is very distinct and possesses a lot of character. His inspiration for a lot of his work is drawn from Victorian-style sculptures vs common childhood themes, such as toys and cartoons. His idea of combining parts of different toys stems from a visit to a flea market where he observed a pile of abandoned toys.
I think that the concept for Jernigan’s art is very clever. On one hand, it evokes a sense of nostalgia and comfort from our childhood. However at the same time his art sparks our interest upon viewing it. We see images that are vaguely familiar, but are in a context that we don’t necessarily understand.