Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsey & Ideas
Media: Ceramic clay, Glass, Spray Painting, Toys Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art (West Gallery)
Samuel was a really cool dude, I loved his artwork and his persona. He seemed like a real chill dude that I would actually hang out with. Sam recently finished his BFA in in ceramics at CSULB last fall. From an outside view, its very clear that Sam’s art primarily explores the ideas of whimsical, cartoonish ideas. When asked how he got these ideas, he essentially stated that he never creates art he doesn’t find funny. Sam told us a lot of interesting things about himself. He loves music and plays the guitar. He also loves to ride his bike in the mountains. He gets his inspiration and motivation from his everyday life, such as when he bikes and listens to music to get in his groove.
When I first walked in the gallery and saw all this color and cool cartoon sculptures, it really gave me a happy and positive vibe and reminded me of Disneyland and the Disney characters. Someone mentioned the Disney feel to his art, he said that Disney was a huge inspiration to him. His sculptures have a lot of basic shapes and lines as if it resembled a women like figure for instance in one of his paintings. It was one piece where the fish was smiling but broken on the side and when talking to to him he expressed that the fish represents the struggles of life but you must always keep a smile.
I loved Sam’s art and good energy he had. He was really inspirational to me and i really loved his positive vibes. I feel like his artwork has so much color that it just has to make you feel good. His ceramic are amazing, this dude is really talented i think he has a bright future ahead of him.