Posted on February 9, 2015 by School of Art
Reality and illusion brilliantly merge in John Cederquist‘s fine art furniture. Free-standing cabinets in the shape of kimonos and other two- and three-dimensional works are infused with vivid imagery that constantly shifts viewpoints without warning or logic. Flat surfaces come to life and form no longer follows function. A master of deception, the artist’s inspiration comes from diverse sources: Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Popeye cartoons and popular iconography from the East and West; all adding to the dreamlike quality of Cederquist’s ingeniously constructed pieces.
John Cederquist is widely recognized for masterful plays on dimensional illusion in his sculpture and furniture pieces. Born in 1946 in Altadena, CA, Cederquist received his B.A. in 1969 and M.A. in 1971 at California State University at Long Beach. He was granted two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, in 1975 and 1986. In 2002, he was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows. The Furniture Society of America honored Cederquist with the prestigious Award of Distinction in 2010. His work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His studio is located in Capistrano, CA.