Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan a graduate of Cal State Long Beach arts program with an emphasis on ceramics. He is from Central California and grew up in an agricultural community. While visiting a flee market, he drew inspiration from old abandoned toys. In his exhibit he uses this inspiration to develop pieces of art that resemble these old toys.
Jernigan’s art is mostly ceramic sculptures, each with its own characteristics. Most of his pieces are very smooth looking. In the pictures I posted these pieces lack color and are again very smooth looking.
Each piece of art resembles a old toy. His recreation of these toys is meant to emphasize not only nostalgia but also alienation. Jernigan takes these toys that used to be the center of children’s lives and shows that they do not belong any longer in our ever changing society. These now useless toys emphasize consumerism as cause of alienation.
It was really interesting to see these sculptures of very familiar pieces. At first I really didn’t understand what the artist’s purpose was but it was still really amazing. I heard that he spent months on each sculpture which is truly amazing. I personally do not have the patience to achieve something this incredible, so I was truly in awe.