Wk 4- Artist Conversation- Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: samueljenri

About the Artist:

This is Samuel Jernigan who likes to be called Sam. He is from the bay area and he started to create art in the year 2000. He took a 7 year break and returned to his art applying at CSULB. He graduated from CSULB and majored in Ceramics and he is planning to get his masters at UCLA. A good day to his starts with a latte and ends with a beer. For this exhibition he got his inspiration at a flee market when he spotted abandoned toys.

Formal Analysis:

Sam’s art is all ceramic sculptures. Of course he uses other things like wood, steal, paint and other stuff but the main thing is ceramic. His pieces are very smooth and very bright and colorful. His pieces vary in size, some of his sculptures are very big and then there are some that are small so he really doesn’t have a scale that he uses.

Content Analysis:

The pieces of art that he has sculpted represent a toy. Yet he states that people look at these things differently because maybe one person did not have this as part of their childhood  therefore making the sculpture they see in front of them with a different meaning. He uses the pegs on his sculptures because not everyone sees the same identity to each piece. By using the pegs you could put a head to a body and make a completely different sculpture than someone else changing the identity.

Synthesis/ My Experience:

I was really amazed when I entered this gallery. All these sculptures reminded me of my childhood. Disney movies were a big part of  my childhood and seeing all these pieces reminded me of it. I was really amazed by all the detail on these sculptures and how perfectly they turned out. They in other words were very beautiful pieces of art. I enjoyed everything about these sculptures. The color, the detail, the different sizes. I really enjoyed attending this gallery.


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