Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Spray Paint, Sculpture
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery West
Samuel recently graduated from CSULB with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics. Samuel mentioned that he has been on and on with art since about the year 2000. His interest in ceramics came from a previous job where he got to know materials very well. Most of the work in his exhibition was put together within four months.
His art was mainly focused on ceramic pieces. A lot of his pieces used very little color. Some of the ceramic pieces looked like fishes while others looked like body parts. The fishes looked like they were straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. All of his pieces looked very smooth and round.
Samuel’s exhibition revolved around the idea of reducing alienation and increasing the feeling of acceptance. His way of doing this is by using objects related to childhood memory which he believes may inspire “more than the simple naive and nostalgic escape into sentimentality”. He wants the observer to reminisce on their childhood memories and feel comfortable enough to participate in the community, therefore becoming less alienated.
I really enjoyed his exhibition because it did make me remember some childhood moments. The fishes that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book were the pieces that triggered these reactions the most.