Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
This week we had a chance to meet the artist “Samuel Jernigan”. He recently graduated from California State University of Long Beach with BFA in Ceramics. He is originally from bay area and he grew up in an agriculture area. As an artist he likes to turn his ideas into forms and shapes. besides working on his art works he really enjoys eating food and playing guitar.
His exhibition was a package of sculptures based on childhood memories that he refer them as “big toys” during our conversation.most work put together in 4 months. his primary material was ceramic but he also used some wood , steel and paint. In case of shape and paint his works are intentionally not perfectly done in order to show the real look of normal toys.
His works were all inspired by film market toys and childhood memories. as he said his intent was to explore what people will feel when they see their childhood toys. he also wanted to express that how people can have different feelings around a same nostalgia. he also mentioned that he was interested to know his audiences feelings that have been changed during the time.
To be honest I did not feel the nostalgia ,perhaps because Samuel and I belong to different generations. but I am definitely impressed by his ideas and works. the fact that he came up with an original idea is what I really liked about his art.