Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Glass, Wood, Ceramic
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelors in ceramics. He is originally from Central California by the Bay area. He loves making and eat food and is also an avid musician. Plus he enjoys riding his bike up in the mountains. His art explores the idea of trying to find more in a piece. He takes something with a fixed meaning and creates it into something else.
Jernigan work has a very whimsy feel to it. If takes normal children’s toys and makes them into thing you would never think of. His ceramic pieces have such clean and smooth lines. He adds in bright colors, which makes the pieces look very appealing. As you look you at his work it leaves you with a sense of wanting more.
Samuel described the idea of unfixing the fixed meaning of a children’s toys. There was a childish theme to all the pieces but still had a mature feel to them. He made you feel like there was something more to every piece than it just being a children’s toy.
I think the exhibit was very fun spirited and brought back childhood memories. I enjoyed seeing things I played with as a kid turned into new and unique pieces. For myself it showed how things change over times. My perception of how these toys should be used has been altered as I matured.