John Cederquist and the Art of Painting with Wood
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb 27, 2016, 4-6pm
The Craft in America Center featured a retrospective of recent work by acclaimed furniture artist John Cederquist, whose masterful trompe l’oeil inlay work is unrivaled in its visual and intellectual complexity. Cederquist’s sculptural forms are created to blur the boundaries between reality and illusion. Collapsing dimensionality through a challenging process that entails translating objects into two-dimensions, his sculptures self-reflect on the significance of furniture and meaning of art.
Cederquist studied art and craft at California State University at Long Beach and went on to teach design at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo in 1976. Since the late 1970s, Cederquist has explored the relationship between perspective drawings and fully constructed finished works. His bewildering and beguiling works of depth deception call into question notions of process, craftsmanship and perception. Cederquist has pushed the potential of furniture through his visionary and incomparable approach. The artist has exhibited widely in prestigious museums and galleries and his work can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others.
Among the vast inspirations that drive Cederquist in his practice, his passions for historic stylistic periods, Japanese wood block prints and mid-twentieth century cartoons have filtered through his work over the years. The imprint of our increasingly image-laden world is a focal interest to Cederquist, particularly as images proliferate via channels of new media technology and people experience the world through snapshots and Instagram as a norm.