Chris Rucker, ‘Safety Blue Diptych’, 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, such as safety tape and playwood, his panel paintings become the work of arts themselves. Challenging everyday transient objects, 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. Elevating the material into new context, the artist fuses painterly applications of blue tape leaf with the natural inclusions of the wood.
As the artist works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality can be accommodated for a bespoke panel or group of panels.

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.