Art & Design

Artist Rafael Cardenas at Johnson Trading Gallery

Art & Design

Artist Rafael Cardenas at Johnson Trading Gallery

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Rafael Cardenas bridges two worlds; the niche contemporary art world and furniture progressive young artists. That’s why we find it cool that with Johnson Trading Gallery he’s seeking a wider audience, and hopes to make contemporary furniture more accessible. Inspired by “the founding fathers of Art Deco and the Prairie School of American architecture,” Cardenas pieces attempt to push deco inspiration into a neon spraypainted functionality that would be at home in any Marfa Airstream. Most pieces are two dimensional, bright and optic. We were most taken by a three dimensional piece that featured a birds of paradise arrangement, which according to another little birdy, was bought by none other than Jeffrey Deitch.