Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max I. Gatov Gallery West
The artist that I had the pleasure of observing this week was Samuel Jernigan. Samuel graduated from CSU Long Beach in fall of 2015 with a BFA in Ceramics. Even though he just graduated, he has been working with ceramics for 7 years as a production artists.
All of the art in this exhibit are autonomous. The piece that i choose to focus on is the fish like sculpture. This fish is made from ceramics and is colored with spray paint. The ceramic gives the art a flat and smooth appearance. Also the sculpture does not have many sharp or abrupt edges.
Jernigan’s inspiration for his art was were toys that made him confused as a child. All of his pieces of art represent a child’s toy. I think that Jernigan is taking inspiration from childhood toys, books, or other childhood items and incorporate into his sculptures.
I choose to focus on this piece of art because it reminded me of a drawing that could be found in a Dr. Seuss book. As a child, I would love reading Dr. Seuss books but I always found the characters to be very interesting. Jernigan made a sculpture that made me remember a little bit of my child hoood.