Exterior view of the Cardella Home/Studio with artwork
Cardella’s former residence is in a 1930's midtown Ventura neighborhood. It remains filled with the hundreds of art objects he left for the Foundation, large and small, still on the walls and spaces where he displayed them. His sculptures, collages, assemblages and works on paper are everywhere in this "special kind of archive"*. Docents offer tours for a few guests at a time to view and discuss his works. The Studio also serves as an archive for ART/LIFE Editions.
Only witnessing Cardella’s work directly conveys the combination of artistry and craft as well as the serious and often comic impact of this aesthetic vision.
American art and cultural historian, Wanda M. Corn, suggests in her essay, “Artists' Homes and Studios, A Special Kind of Archive", that visiting artist’s home and studio gives us insight into their work methods and inspiration that cannot gained from documents, discussions, and photographs.
*"Artists' Homes and Studios, A Special Kind of Archive" article by Wanda M. Corn, Art Historian. The University of Chicago Press, The Smithsonian Institution. ISSN = 10739300
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