Chris Rucker, innovatively creates unique furniture from recycled construction materials and techniques. Challenging everyday transient objects such as plywood or packing blankets, Rucker’s minimalist designs simultaneously accentuate and then disrupt their material’s original purposes. Reestablishing the durable and disposable into the delicate and permanent, the artist turns form and function inside out using plywood-box construction principles with oriented strand board (OSB), an engineered wood created from fast-growing trees, a well as dados, miter joints, and sawing.
Made from objects that seldom enter a gallery space except when they are transporting a work of art, the one-of-a-kind chairs enter a dynamic relationship when curated with art around them—pieces that require Rucker’s materials for protection, but instead share with them the exhibition stage or interior space.
As the artist works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality can be accommodated for a bespoke piece of furniture. In 2016, Rucker was the first American artist invited to create an installation at the Made in Cloister art and design center in Naples, Italy. His work resides in the collections of Steven Klein, Dennis Freedman, Neville Wakefield, Camilla Nickerson, and Madonna.