SACI MFA Graduate, Walker Keith Jernigan, has solo exhibition, curated by Daria Filardo


Walker Keith Jernigan: Repurposed Aggression
Curated by Daria Filardo

Earlier this summer, SACI MFA in Studio Art graduate, Walker Keith Jernigan (MFA, 2015) showed his work in a solo exhibition in the Mammal Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, curated by SACI graduate seminar instructor and curator, Daria Filardo.

Curator’s Statement:

Can you contain? Can you sublimate? Sometimes I have the feeling I can. Sometimes a particular vision takes a form inside me. Sometimes this happens outside, it becomes a real thing and I feel contained and sublimated. When there is a specific form outside of me, I can restart giving shape to something else, because this process never ends.

Repurposed Aggression is a condition of urgency, where uncontrollable, difficult explosions happening inside find ways to come out as a form. This form is dangerous, on the edge of the abyss, yet contained, sublimated and perfect in its own way.

Repurposed Aggression is a long path. Showing its forms can be a frightening exposure. It can hurt but also liberates an awareness of what else runs through our veins, and lets it out.

The shift from a sports career to an artistic one is the spark that moved Walker Keith Jernigan. That shift is one of abandonment and surrender to art, giving the world forms, disbanding a sense of anxious ownership thus letting them be real devices for everyone. Repurposed Aggression is love, cash, soccer balls, baseball bats, an arrow, ropes, lights, a punching bag. – Daria Filardo

See more of Jernigan’s work at his website, including his research for Repurposed Agression.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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