Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramic & Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan graduated from CSULB last semester with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. He is now in the CSULB School of Art Ceramics program. Samuel considers himself a huge reader and especially loves to read comics. An interesting fact about him is that he left his apartment and lived in his car for three years because he was working in his studio for 14- 16 hours a day. He also enjoys watching cartoons and riding his bike when he is not working on his intricate art pieces. His unique art explores the ideas of alienation and the intense feeling of loneliness.
The particular piece that I included a picture of is what he describes as a bust of woman with an interchangeable top. Samuel incorporated the media of ceramics and highly pigmented spray paint. I would describe the nature of the lines of his work as slightly sinuous while still including straight and clean cut lines.
While creating this untitled work, he wanted to emphasize the unfixing identity. When asked what comes to mind while looking at his untitled piece he powerfully stated, “arbitrary and interchangeable.” Each of his creations in the Gatov Gallery West reflect his thoughts of loneliness and alienation. Even though the ideas his work can be seen as dark, Samuel does not create anything he doesn’t find amusing.
Personally, I find the meaning of loneliness behind his work as extremely personal and brave of him to share with the viewers of his work. The interchangeability of the head of the untitled bust resonates with me in the way that ones identity is not fixed. Instead of remaining stagnant, I believe that there is always room for improvement in the individual. Although my opinion of the work might not be the exact meaning he has intended for the piece, I find it admirable that he allows others to find their own meanings.