John McCracken was an American artist associated with California minimalism. He began his career as a painter, but quickly began making sculpture. He is most famous for his planks: tall, narrow, monochromatic rectangles built from wood that he originally painted but later would lacquer such that their surfaces would shine and reflect light. These planks are often propped up against a wall, inhabiting the space of both painting and sculpture. Throughout his career, McCracken built and finished his works by hand, eschewing the industrial fabrication often thought as indicative of minimalism in favor of craft. His work was included in The Kitchen’s 2016 group show “From Minimalism into Algorithm.” For more information, please see: