wk4- Artist Conversation

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Spray Paint, Ceramics, and Paint Pens

Website: http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @Samueljenri

This week we got to see artist, Samuel Jernigan’s sculptures. During the exhibition I learned that Jernigan graduated CSLUB fall 2015, with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Since he grew up in Compton, he grew up with a love for music, letting that be his inspiration in his sculptures. Jernigan is really passionate about his work, he has spent the last 16 years striving to make it perfect in his eyes. To my surprise, when he is not working on his sculptures one of the things he enjoys doing is collecting pens.

In Jernigan’s exhibit “The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals,” his sculptures were very detailed, but definitely not what you call “ordinary”. Some of his work was very colorful, for which he used spray paint and paint pens. He described his sculpture as “giant toys”, and I agree. The piece that came to mind when he used that reference is the doll that had a baby’s toy as a head. His pieces are objects that are used everyday, but he puts them together in the most awesome ways to make it a piece of art.

Samuel Jernigan being that humorous man that he is, explains that all of his sculptures are inspired by things that make him laugh, or are fun, such as toys. In his work, Jernigan uses creativity to put random things together.However, his work also gives a sense of loneliness, like the doll with the toy head, both the doll and the toy are things that kids use to play with when they are young but eventually leave behind.

After carefully viewing his work i have a new understanding for art. In the past if i would see art like this I would think “what is this?”, but now thanks to this class and conversations i have had with classmates i am able to understand art from different perspectives. I would never thought that sculptures such as his can be art, but now i have learned that one must be creative, unique, and persistent when following our dreams.


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