Wk 4. Artist Conversation- Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsey & Ideas

Media: Ceramic clay, Glass, Sprat Paints, Wood

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery West


Instagram: @samueljenri


When speaking with Sam, he told the crowd a plethora of fascinating facts about his life. Some more prominent ones were the fact that he is also very into biking. He spends much of his free time riding in mainly the mountains. On top of that, he is also an avid guitarist. It was interesting to find out that Sam’s inspiration for art actually came from his music. Sam also recently finished his BFA in in ceramics at CSULB last fall. From an outside perspective, it is clear to see 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’s work in its entirety is something out of a cartoon. It does make sense that he would create work of this type pertaining to how into the world of comic books he is. The work itself is very well put together. Each of his sculptures are crafted with such precision, and use of such few straight lines that it gives a feeling of a cartoonish figure. Many of the sculptures features are what I would explain to be balloon-like which creates a sense of warmth, as well as this concept of animation. To top things off, Sam also uses many bright colors which create a very whimsical mood in his pieces.


As a whole, the exhibit that Sam displayed had to do with the concept of un-fixing the fixed meaning of children’s toys. He demonstrated this with such things as the bust of the shoulders. Atop this piece was a rod for what would be an interchangeable headpiece. The primary headpiece he used was this ring tower of sorts. It was intriguing to hear that he viewed this piece as his favorite in the exhibit, since it gave off a bit of a strange aura. Though a few pieces came off as strange, it seemed that for the most part Sam was exploring a very well lit childhood theme.


In its entirety, I found Sam’s exhibit to be quite light. I liked how he made very simple cartoon figures into quite intriguing pieces. The exhibit left me feeling quite joyful, and in a good mood for the most part. I had been curious as to why I’d felt that way, but then I realized playing with toys resembling the ones Sam had replicated was a very joyous time in my childhood. Though it gave off this feeling of levity, there was also a sense of darkness behind some pieces. I believe it was just the sheer abstractness of some sculptures.

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Wk 3 Artist Conversation/Essay-Josh Vasquez


Artist: Joshua Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Plastic Trash Bags, Ink, Red Rosin Paper, Flowers (of all types)

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://joshybehr.tumblr.com/

Instagram: @joshybehr



At first, Josh seems like a bit of an intimidating guy. But after talking to him for a moment, it is easy to tell that he is quite affable. Josh is currently an Undergraduate student in the Painting and Drawing program here at CSULB. Aside from that, he also thoroughly enjoys photography.  When asked what types of art he prefers to create, he essentially stated that he depicts what ever he is feeling at the time. Judging by this exhibition and Instagram, it is clear to see that his work explores the concepts of primarily life and death.


Completely, I found Josh’s work to be very fascinating. The use of darker colors gives off a feeling of solemnity, and darkness when viewing a piece or pieces. He also uses many thicker rounded lines/shapes which contrast the straighter, narrower ones in the piece.  The shapes he used primarily are very jagged which creates a feeling of intensity about the pieces. On the same topic of intensity, he would essentially only use shades of black for the painting aspect of the art. In a couple of his pieces though, he did use roses. Though these flowers were of many different colors, they all seemed wilted which went right along with the effect of his work.


In the creation of this art, it seemed as if Josh was in a rather dark place.  When talking with him, it seemed as if he was rather short with the answers to the questions people had asked him. Also, his facial expressions and entire mood seemed very quiet/monotone. Once those had been displayed, it made it apparent that he was not in an extremely positive mood. It seemed that though he entitled this gallery Vida/Morte , he was primarily focused on the “Morte” part of things. It is hard to tell what people are thinking at times, but here I can tell you that he was not the happiest.


As a whole, I really liked this exhibit. I was kind of put into a darker part of my mind while inside of it, but essentially did enjoy the work I viewed. The canvases on the actual paintings were very rough looking, and art of that type primarily makes me feel good. Its difficult to explain, but I’ve always had a fascination with art that looks junky but still has great depth. From what I was able to obtain from Josh, I do agree that it is important to do art that expresses how you feel. I just kind of feel bad for him as a person since most of his art (including ones with many colors) seems quite solemn and radiates a negative vibe.