Inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, Popeye cartoons and popular iconography, John Cederquist constructs functional furniture that fools the eye. His imagery creates illusions and challenges perceptions. In Pipe Dream a leaping swordfish surrounded by a spiraling pipe of gushing water surges from the surface with great energy. If you stand directly in front of this work, you might not realize that this is a chest with functioning drawers that intricately fit together like a puzzle.
Place object was created: United States
Baltic birch plywood, maple (wood), aniline dye, epoxy resin
Measurements: height: 87 inches width: 39 inches depth: 14 inchesMuseum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gift of Harry and Mary Dalton, in honor of Hugh L. McColl, Jr. 1998.135A-E © John Cederquist
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN