Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramic Clay and Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is currently finishing his graduate degree since graduating from California State University of Long Beach with a major in ceramics. He is from the central bay area and his interests include eating food and playing his guitar. He said he choose to do ceramics because he was interested in the ceramic production and his passion can be seen in the artwork that he displays.
Weight of Whimsy and Ideals is a series of sculptures made of ceramic clay and later coated in spray paint. Most of the sculptured are similar to the way a childhood toy may look like. Many of them have cracks on the side and have a faint color tone to them. The detail in the texture of these sculptures is extremely impressive seeing as ceramic clay can be difficult to get the entirety of the model to have the same surface. Many of the pieces are also purposefully not completed. Samuel Jernigan says that it took him four months for each piece that he displayed.
The objective of Weight of Whimsy and Ideals is to bring the audience back to their childhood memory. Many of the toys that we get, whether it is from Christmas or a birthday, end up being abandoned within a month after receiving them and this scenario can be seen in the detail of Samuel Jernigan’s sculptures. There are cracks on most of the models that he displayed. This portrays the wear and tear that these toys have been through. The color also shows the amount of time these toys have been forgotten for. Since most of them are a faded color, it can be assumed that these assorted toys have been gone from the owners mind for a long period of time. Jernigan states that his goal was to make the audience feel the abandonment that his sculptures feel and make them aware of there own mortality.
As an observer, his goal definitely made it to me. It made me feel sorry for all the toys that I did not give any attention to. I recollected childhood memory’s that I completely forgot even happened. His art has life that I have yet to see in any other projects. I look forward to seeing more work by Samuel Jernigan and he receives my seal of approval