Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a graduate student here at California State University Long Beach. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Ceramics and is currently pursuing graduate work. Samuel is originally from central California and moved to the bay area in his teens. Samuel has been interested in ceramics and has been passionate since the year 2000. Samuel loved art but chose to pursue ceramics because he was exposed to the materials and knew them very well because of human productions. Samuel spend about 4 months working on the pieces being shown in this exhibition.
Inspired from awkward feelings, Samuel utilized ceramics to show his interpretation of awkwardness. Samuels main media or materials he used was ceramics. A lot of his work seemed to have childhood like qualities, making the observer think of their childhoods. Samuel seemed to have a randomness theme in some of his work.
A lot of Samuels pieces can be interpreted different ways. As he puts it, “The result is a visual language of levity and gravity where hard material meets soft form, ideals are distressed, and autonomous forms establish contingent relationships.” Samuel also wanted his artwork to embrace the viewers experience from the competing forms without hierarchy in the sculptures.
Ceramics is one of my personal favorite types of artwork because it allows the artist to sculpt something out of soft moldable material and capture the art piece in time by letting it dry. Samuel is very capable and very good at doing this. He is not only able to capture these sculptures in his head and make them into reality, he is also able to put meaning and a motive behind his pieces. Almost like an orchestra, whereas each piece in Samuels exhibition is an instrument and having them all together creates this beautiful sound. After analyzing Samuels pieces, I more than just appreciate the effort he put into his work.