The centerpiece of the installation formed a construction of his “Basic Chairs,” arranged in the gallery geometrically across a plane. The center of this plane however was purposefully left vacant, to allow for a peaceful oasis in the center of the installation.
Washington, Atlas Theater District 1358 Florida Ave., NEMap
Coming immediately off the heels of the gallery’s Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen exhibition, Chris Rucker’s exhibition opened on May 15, 2010 to tremendous interest among both art and design collectors. Just like the Remy & Veenhuizen exhibition before him, Rucker’s work founds its way into major art blogs, such as artdaily.com, which elaborated on the designer’s use of his favorite material: Oriented Strand Board (OSB) (http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=38051#.VL1eu0fF83U). The important design blog “Design Milk” surveyed Rucker’s famous “Double Chairs” and declared the designer “operates within the confines of a relatively simple equation: apply basic plywood box construction principles to strand board to create minimal, functional furniture with structural integrity.” (http://design-milk.com/chris-rucker-at-industry-gallery/). In an interview about the exhibition with Wallpaper Magazine, Rucker’s revealed on of the true inspirations behind his chairs—the great artist Sol Le Witt. “I like repeating something with an equation,” said Rucker, “tweaking the variables and pushing a piece to the point where it abstracts from its original form and becomes something new.” (http://www.wallpaper.com/design/chris-rucker-furniture-exhibition-washington-dc/4524)