Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘Four Piece Lounge, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio

Todd Merrill Studio represents the unique seating by Chris Rucker, innovatively made from recycled construction materials. Challenging everyday transient objects, the Four Piece Lounge is made of OSB plywood and upholstered packing blankets. Its sleek and minimalist form simultaneously accentuates and then disrupts its materials’ original purposes.

Reestablishing the durable and disposable into the delicate and permanent, the artist turns form and function inside out. 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 with any art curated near them–pieces that require Rucker’s materials for protection, but instead share with them an exhibition stage or designed interior space.

With four adjoined seats, the unusual seating group not only re-appropriates material, but the “chair” itself.

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.