Chris Rucker, ‘Chris Rucker, MDF Wall Sculptures, USA, 2016’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Chris Rucker, MDF Wall Sculptures, USA, 2016’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio

Chris Rucker’s unique furniture and “paintings” are made using both recycled construction materials and techniques. Made from objects that seldom enter a gallery space except when they are transporting a work of art, his panel paintings become the work of arts themselves. Challenging everyday transient objects such as plywood and fiberboard, 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 to create unique works of art.
Made entirely of 3/4″ black MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), these pieces fall into a continuation of work based on 3/4″ construction sheet material (plywood, OSB) that artist has implemented across his repertoire. The forms are based upon on a very formal detail that the artist often incorporates in his architectural work, such as in his installation at the Made in Cloister art and design center in Naples, Italy in 2016, where he was the first American invited artist. These smaller works marks the first time that artist has removed it from previous architectural applications, allowing it to stand alone within a strictly proportional frame.
Along with the formal and architectural references, these pieces are materially and process based, revealing both the artist’s hand at work and process, such as the raw, saw marks. Each piece is “framed” within the same material and dimension with the angle cut on one side, identical to all the other pieces that make up the composition.
As the artist works on a commission basis, custom sizing can be accommodated for a bespoke panel or group of panels. His work resides in the collections of Steven Klein, Dennis Freedman, Neville Wakefield, Camilla Nickerson, and Madonna.

About Chris Rucker