Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy Ideals
Media: Ceramic Clay, Montana Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
The artist that I met on Thursday was Samuel Jernigan. He graduated in the Fall of 2015 at Cal State Long Beach with a BFA in Ceramics. He’s from the Bay Area, which is in Central California, but grew up in an agricultural area outside of Fresno County. His interests are playing music, reading comic books, and riding a bicycle. One interesting thing that he said about his life was when he lived in a car for three years. It’s amazing how much he has overcome from living in his car and working at a grocery store to keep his dream of getting a degree in something he enjoys doing in reach.
Jernigan uses ceramic clay and spray paint in his artwork. The top left photo is a mannequin, but it’s only 1/3 of the body. It looks like a real mannequin and the way he formed the clay made it look like a real shirt. Although in the picture the shirt has some sort of ruffle effect, it doesn’t affect the texture of the clay. The clay throughout the piece is very smooth. In the top right photo is a ceramic clay artwork of a fish; it’s an oversized red/orange fish. In the bottom left photo, it is a boy that has different colors on his head and eyes. This artwork is a little bit more detailed with lines on his head and the different shades of color ranging from red, brown, orange, and teal. Another interesting thing about it is the different set of eyes; it brings a mysterious look to the piece. Lastly, the photo of the boots and shoes is also made of ceramic clay. The boots are different compared to the other shoes because of the bumps that make the consistency of the art rough rather than soft like the others.
The artist’s artwork was inspired from his passion with music. Jernigan playing music would give him a feeling that he transpires into his artwork.He tries to appeal his audiences by using certain techniques in his art to trigger emotion so when people see his work, they feel a certain way about it.Jernigan takes his artwork seriously, and it reflects in his art. He wanted to create something that has a fabrication of uniqueness like a portrait.
When I first walked into the gallery, I thought Jernigan’s artwork was amazing. The artwork looked real, but I’ve never actually seen anything like it before. His art really expresses himself because of its uniqueness and creativity. It makes me wonder why he chose to use ceramic clay or why he made the sculpture of a head, shoes, etc.? When I saw the fish, I thought it was very different. It looked like a blown up fish, but we can’t really distinguish what type it actually is. He made the artwork look realistic and I would’ve never thought of something creative like this. It gave me a perspective of how artists make and view their own artwork.