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.
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.