Made of recycled construction materials that seldom enter a gallery space except when transporting a work of art, Chris Rucker’s minimalist designs simultaneously accentuate and disrupt the original purpose of their utilitarian materials. Blurring the boundaries between the durable and disposable and the delicate and permanent, Rucker’s works challenge notions of form and function. The unique Saw Horse Chair, made of OSB plywood, is the first prototype for what became the main work of the 2016 Made in Cloister exhibition in Naples, Italy, where Rucker was the first American artist commissioned to create an installation. The chair enters a dynamic relationship with any works of art that require Rucker’s materials for protection, but instead share with them an exhibition stage or designed interior space.
Rucker’s work resides in the collections of Steven Klein, Dennis Freedman, Neville Wakefield, Camilla Nickerson, and Madonna. As the artist works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality may be accommodated.
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