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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

INDUSTRY GALLERY HOSTS IF I TOLD YOU ONE TIME ...

FIRST SOLO U.S. EXHIBITION FOR NEW YORK-BASED DESIGNER CHRIS RUCKER

Industry Gallery will open "If I told you one time ..." May 15, 2010, 6-8PM, the first solo U.S. exhibition for New York-based designer Chris Rucker. The exhibition will run through July 3, 2010, and features 10 limited edition works and one installation all created during the past nine years.  

Rucker's design ethos is rooted in the use and reuse of simple and humble material.  His principal medium, oriented strand board (OSB), an engineered wood product made from fast-growing trees, is usually used for flooring, walls, ceilings and other construction purposes.  O

 His construction process utilizes plywood box construction, which involves dados, miter joints and working with a table saw.  He 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. 

"Chris' design sensibilities and vocabulary really stand out in the contemporary design world as distinct, fresh and seductive," said Industry Gallery owner Craig Appelbaum.  "His work is beautiful and impeccably crafted, with an intriguing hint of psychological tension."

About the Designer
Chris Rucker grew up in a colonial-era home in Mansfield Center, Connecticut.
 "It's ironic that growing up surrounded by real material - wide beam floors, wood paneling and a stone heath - I always gravitate towards faux materials and materials made to imitate others.  I was always intrigued by what was real and what was fake."

About Industry Gallery
Industry Gallery (www.industrygallerydc.com), based in the Atlas/H Street Arts District of Washington, DC, specializes in 21st century design.  The gallery will regularly hold single artist exhibitions representing a broad spectrum of design trends by international artists who create functional art from industrial materials.  The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday, 11AM - 5PM, and by appointment.

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