Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is an interesting artist who focus most of his work on sculptures as he would spend long hours, even days to finish his projects. Samuel recently graduated from Cal State University Long Beach last semester with a B.F.A. and was kind enough to bring in his arts and inspire many of our students in the world of sculpting.
His art work consist of many world known figures from movies and books. There were some art that made me wonder how long it took to make since it looked like some of the pieces were missing and he put so much effort into them. It was interesting to hear that Samuel got his idea from going to flea markets and looked at toys being unused. This inspired him to brings all the toys together as one and can be seen together instead of it being in its abandon state.
I love it how Samuel’s arts can detach from each other and be replace by another piece of art to make an endless amount of combinations. He still express his art as toys with this mix and match. But one genre he focuses on is called belonging and abandonment. It’s where once he found these lost toys from :adandonment” and made it his “belonging” to his work and spread the idea of one’s man junk is another man treasure.
Coming from central California, Samuel made it his goal to leave a mark at CSULB before he left. Now working at a local farmers’ market, he still gives some of his free time into his art projects. But then again, he’s just like us, an adult who binge watch through television shows and have a normal life in which he loves spending his time with his sculptures.