Wk 4: Artist Conversation

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Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Wimsey and Ideals

Media: Ceramics, Sculptures

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: Unknown( If website exists)

Instagram: Not Given

The artist I had an honor talking to in the Gallery walk was Samuel Jernigan. He is a Ceramics graduate Student from CSULB who does sculptures and began doing ceramics in the year 2000. Samuel is currently trying to go to UCLA to master in Ceramics. His interests are eating, reading comic books, and binge watching tv. Sam likes to explore the ideas of alienation and belonging which is what inspires his artwork.

The art pieces are sculptures of different things whether it is a person, a fish, a collaboration of two things that creates something out of this world. They are all very smooth, some colored some without. All the pieces have a similar look as if they were meant to look like cartoon characters or toys. I am not certain on the materials used but it looks like a lot of clay like material used to create the pieces.

The idea of the art pieces is to give the viewers a sense of shared belonging. The reason the pieces are made to look like cartoons and toys is to remind viewers of childhood memories whether good or bad. Sam is open to different interpretations and also does not name his art pieces. If a viewer has a good name then he is known to sometimes use those for his pieces.

Overall I was very impressed with this exhibition because there is a lot of work that goes into making sculptures like this and making them look as good as they do. It did give me a feel of my childhood in a sense and it also kind of reminded me of a toy factory where you find different stages of completed toys. There some were colored others weren’t, and it gave it a very unique feel. It left me caught inbetween childhood happiness and amazement. This is definitely my favorite exhibition so far.

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