Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jenri

Artist: Samuel Jenri
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: samueljenri

Samuel Jenri is from central California, specifically the Bay area. He grew up in an agricultural area. He claims that he loves food, and is always in the mood for fresh tomatoes. He is a musician and likes to play guitar in his spare time. He is a recent CSULB graduate and he majored in ceramics. He got into art from human productions, and was able to pursue this major since he knew the material pretty well.

This particular art exhibition consists of smooth textures and soothing colors. The main color schemes is peach, blue, red, etc. The scale is medium, not too big, which makes it not too overwhelming. The shapes vary, most shapes are fish, with one sculpture being a neckline sculpture. The materials used were spray paint and regular paint, giving off a simple yet elegant vibe.

When discussing to Jenri about the piece, he claimed that he found these pieces at the flea market. He felt bad for these lonely pieces and in a way it made him aware of his own morality. It took him about four months to complete this project. Although, two pieces are finished before. Jenri said that these pieces give off a vibe where when people look at it it will make them feel nostalgic and a shared sense of belonging. I believe Jenri said this because these pieces all connote the definition of childhood. In a way, these pieces will remind everything of their childhood due to the innocent, pure vibe given off.

I really enjoyed Jenri’s works. Everything was very well put together, and the vibe of everything was great. I especially enjoyed how the pieces were simple and straightforward. The pieces were very whimsical and interesting. I feel like Jenri’s message/ goal of the project was very positive, which I support.



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