Case Jernigan, Lightboxes at Corrigan Gallery December 2018

Corrigan Gallery llc

Case Jernigan
December 5-31, 2018
Reception December 7 from 5-8pm

December will need less lift to spark up the holidays when Case Jernigan brings his “Lightboxes” to town for the December 7 artwalk. The show will be available for viewing from December 5 – 31with the opening reception from 5-8 Friday, December 7 at Corrigan Gallery at 7 Broad Street as part of the Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk. Light bleeding though cutouts and drawings will make up this show from this Charleston raised and New York succeeded artist.

Growing up in Charleston drawing flying heroes and hairy monsters on his notebooks, Jernigan unknowingly established a serious art practice. Studying classical history and painting at William & Mary and The New York Studio School then in Italy, he fell for the works of Piero della Francesca, Giotto and Brunelleschi. Playing with paper and ink, his early drawings reemerged and through ink drawings and cutouts he began making stop-motion animations, drawings and paper cut lightboxes about “nostalgia, politics, sports and memory.” His client list has grown quickly over the last few years as he has been commissioned by The New York Times, The Guardian, Adidas, NIKE, Electronic Arts FIFA, Chelsea Football Club, Major League Soccer, Amtrak, Kate Spade New York, The Fader and Oxford University Press.

This past year Jernigan has shown in Santa Fe in an exhition called Inner Orbit about views of outer space and had a solo show in Brooklyn with a collection of lightboxes, drawings, animations and handmade books inspired by the World Cup. And in August 2018 he attended a Saltonstall Foundation Residency to create new work.

In an interview with Johnny F. Kim for “The Hundreds,” Jernigan said, “Drawing generates momentum and fleshes out ideas. Drawing can be a focus or preparatory exercise, or a means of art making in itself. Paper cutting and animating often feel like craft to me, whilst painting feels the most poetic. But that poetry can often become self-indulgent in my hands. Drawing always feels right and good, and often I take what I’ve drawn and convert it into something else—be it a cutout, a series of quick shot animations that I can loop, or a backspace to overlay animation on top.

“It’s such a core part of human nature to desire a legacy. When we die and the world turns, what do we leave behind? When I’m approaching the end, I hope I can say that my work touched or affected people. Athletes have the opportunity to do this on a regular basis and on an unprecedented scale.”

When “global politics created a dark space and I start making light box cities” says the artist. And “In many ways, all of my work relates to childhood. … I still like all of the same things. I draw, play sports, play video games, and read comic books. This was the exact structure of my youth.”

Jernigan brings us light, childhood, sports and art history all wrapped up in a presentation to please the eye. Do come see and enjoy this up and coming young artist’s homecoming!

Corrigan Gallery is in its 14th year representing local, accomplished artists including Manning Williams, Corrie McCallum, John Hull, Mary Walker, Kristi Ryba, Daphne vom Baur, Nancy Langston, Max Miller, Karin Olah, John Moore, Gordon Nicholson, Paul Mardikian, Susan Perkins, Lese Corrigan, Midge Peery, Arthur McDonald, Sue Simons Wallace, Bill Buggel, William Meisburger, Valerie Isaacs, Estates of Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and Alfred Hutty, second market pieces of artists such as Matisse, Wolf Kahn and William Halsey. There is always a sampling of works on the website and Instagram. Art is better seen in person whenever possible.

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