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John Cederquist’s Conservation Chair.

Easiest my favorite piece from the deYoung Museum is John Cederquist‘s Conservation Chair, created in 1998. This thing was absolutely mind-blowing, and it was definitely interesting to hear an intelligent 8 year old girl (who was later reprimanded by her mother for asking what a “rave” was) give her analysis about the great perspective used in the chair.


Made from Baltic birch plywood, Sitka spruce, maple, epoxy resin, oil-based inks, and aniline dye. (Some of the material list is incomplete — apologies on that.)

This chair made such a great impression on me that I had to see more of Cederquist’s work, and I am NOT disappointed. My mind is completely and utterly blown by this man’s skills in using unique shapes and careful pigmentation to create a sense of movement on otherwise flat surfaces. AMAZING. (Those pipes in the photo above are NOT round, my friends. They are flat pieces of wood painted to look round.)

Visit his website at johncederquist.com to see more of his mind-blowing work. We didn’t get permission to post the images, or we would. But. GO. It will not disappoint.

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Dale Chihuly at Golden Gate Park’s deYoung Museum

Dale Chihuly is from Seattle, and as a result, his works are seen fairly often around the Pacific Northwest. To first time viewers, Chihuly’s works are striking and eye-catching… to those who have seen many of his pieces, however, the lack of diversity becomes a little stifling.

I’m in the boat as one who has seen quite a bit of Chihuly’s work, and I was subsequently a bit hesitant to discover his newest exhibit was in town at the deYoung gallery. I simply expected an extension of work that I have seen much too much of already. Not to mention the additional $5 price tag and the line you had to wait in in order to actually see the exhibit…

To my pleasant surprise, however, due to creative installation trickery and fancy lighting, the exhibit was amazing (and yes, well worth the $5). Chihuly’s glassworks made a showing, of course, but his sketches and drawings did as well. Personally I found them to be less eye-catching, but I’m sure someone enjoyed their relatively abstract and rough natures.


Neon glass pieces greet us upon our entering.


Chihuly’s “Persians” series. The work was great, but the descriptions were painful at best. To loosely sum it up, the description of these pieces touched upon how the pieces seemed foreign and unique and therefore reminded him of foreign lands… and to him, foreign lands meant things like Asia, like Persia… and as a result, these were called “Persians.” Uhhh, no. No.


A chorus of angels sings.


Exploring the relationship between cold and still, hot and flowing (like magma).


“Reeds” series. By this point I was no longer reading the inspirations, so I couldn’t tell you that part.


Two boats carrying a million glass pieces, floating on a sea of black.


“Chandeliers” series.


More from the “Chandeliers” series.


Nothing much here — just a ceiling of glass. What was really cool about this all-white room were the rainbows cast on the walls from the array of glasswork.


An assortment of odd freaks and fancies.


And more. The end.