Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, USA’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio
Chris Rucker, ‘High Club Chair, 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 High Club Chair is made of OSB plywood with seat cushions that have been immaculately upholstered from packing blankets. Its sleek and Minimalist design 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. 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.