T. R. Ericsson: Narcissus
November 15, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Artist Biography
TR Ericsson

TR Ericsson


b. 1972
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Painesville, OH


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS
2018
Industrial Poems, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
2017
Cinders, [November 30 - January 13, 2018] Albertz Benda, New York, NY
I Was Born To Bring You Into This World, [September 16 - December 31] Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Jeanne, [May 12 - August 6], The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2015
All My Love Always No Matter What, [September 11 - October 18], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag, [May 23 - August 23], Cleveland Museum of Art,
Cleveland, Ohio
Lucifer's Kiss: Photograms by TR Ericsson, [January 7 - February 13], Institute of Fine Arts, New York, NY
2014
Crackle & Drag: Film Index, [January 24 - April 5], BCA, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT
2013
Photographs, Paintings and Objects for a Film, [October 26 - December 20], SHAHEEN modern
and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH
2011
SHOT 44, [April 9 - May 15], Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland
Étant donnés 2°, [January 12 - Februaury 25 ], Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
2010
Etant Donnes, [September 17 - November 12], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art,
Cleveland, OH
2008
Nicotine Dream, [September 9 - October 15], Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY Narcissus, [November 15 - December 20], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH
Thanksgiving, [November 7 - December 20], The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2007
As if life isn't hard enough they have to tear out your flowers, [October 11 - November 3], Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
2005
The Year of the Motorcycle, [July 20 - October 6], Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH I'm still waiting for you... , [August 18 - September 21], Arts Collinwood, Collinwood, OH
2003
Angste, [May 24 - July 25], Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland, OH


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
Art Brussels, [April 19 - 22], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
Dallas Art Fair, [April 13 - 15], Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, TX
Anton Kern x Harlan Levey Projects, [April 6] pop up exhibition, The Centrum, Dallas, TX
2017
Untitled, Miami Beach, [December 6 - 10], Harlan Levey Projects, Miami, Fl
Detroit Art Book Fair, [October 14 - 15], Overnight Projects, Detroit, MI
EXPO CHICAGO: EXPOSURE, [September 14 - 17], Harlan Levey Projects, Chicago, IL We Invite, Antwerp Art Weekend, [May 19 - 21], Harlan Levey Projects, Antwerp, Belgium Philadelphia Art Book Fair, [May 5-6], presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center & The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Dallas Art Fair, [April 6 - 9], Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, TX
Family, [February 25 - August 20], Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
2016
Residual Historical Haunting, [September 7 - October 9], Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [August 19 - 27],
Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden
Imprints, [June 2 - 30], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
2015
Exhibition, [June 17 - 19],
LOOK 3 Festival of the Photograph, Focus on Photobooks, JAAHC, Charlottsville, Virginia
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [June 9 - 19],
15th International Festival of Photography in Łódź, Fotofestiwal 2016, Poland
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [May 12 - June 3], Self-Publish Riga Photomonth, Latvia
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [May 1 - 31], Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto
Art Brussels, [April 21 - 24], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
Dallas Art Fair, [April 14 - 17], Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, TX
Philadelphia Art Book Fair, [April 1-2], presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center & The
Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [January 16 - February 14], Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [December 12 - February 8], Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
New Acquisitions [December 11 - February 27], Ikon Ltd. Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA
2015 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, [November 12 - 15], Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Paris Photo, [November 12 - 15], Robert Koch Gallery, Paris, France
EXPO CHICAGO, [September 17 - 20], Robert Koch Gallery, Chicago, IL
MIMEO REVOLUTION Artist Book + Zine Fair, [August 27 - 29], MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH Past & Present, [June 4 - July 17], Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
NOADA Art Exposition, [May 7 - 10], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH Art Brussels, [April 21 - 24], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
Dallas Art Fair, [April 14 - 17], Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, TX
Words Matter, [February 19 - May 30], Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Every day I'm..., [January 17 - February 22], Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium
LA Art Book Fair, [January 31-February 2], The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
2014
Paris Photo, [November 13 - 16], Robert Koch Gallery, Paris, France
The NY Art Book Fair, [September 26 - 28], Secret Behavior, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, NY
EXPO CHICAGO, [September 18 - 21], Robert Koch Gallery, Chicago, IL
Quottom, Swiss Culture Magazine, Instagram, [May 12 - 25]
The Big Show, [April 11], Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
Dirge: Reflections on [Life and] Death, [March 7 - June 8], MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH NOADA Art Exposition, [March 14 - 16], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH
2013
A Different Kind of Order, The ICP Triennial, Artist Book Installation, [May 17 - September 22], International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Where I'm Calling From, curated by Todd Hido, [May 24 - August 24], Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH
NOADA Art Exposition, [May 10 - 12], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH The Armory Show, [March 7 - 10], Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection, [February 23 - May 19], Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum, Colorado Springs, CO
Light of Day, [February 1 - May 4], Transformer Station, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase: An Homage, [February 15 - March 29],
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
Graphite, [December 7 - April 7, 2013], Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2012
DIY: Photograpers & Books, [August 11 - December 30], Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Art Miami, [December 6 - 9], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Miami, Fl
NOADA Art Exposition, [April 20 - 22], SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH Earth: Language and Symbols [January 20 - March 5], Cara and Cabezas Contemporary,
Kansas City, MO
2011
Nicotine, [September 24 - November 4], SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH Practice to Deceive: Smoke and Mirrors in Fashion, Fine art and Film, [April 15 - July 16],
Shop Show studio, London, UK
New Work, [June], Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY
ABC Artists' Books Cooperative, [June 3 - June 30], Printed Matter, New York, NY
Piece of Mind, [May 5 - 28], Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, NY
Dallas Art Fair [April 8 - 10], Shaheen modern and contemporary art, Dallas, TX Facsimile [November 30 - September 30], Girl's Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
2010
Art Basel Miami [December 2 - 5], Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, Miami, Fl
The NY Art Book Fair [November 5 - 7], Iconoclast Editions, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, NY
TRANSparent TRANSlucent, [Aug. 27 - Sept. 17], Flash Space, Lawrence, KS
Detour [May 14 - July 16], SPACES, Cleveland, OH
Printed Matter Distribution Program, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions [April 10 - June 12], Ikon Ltd. Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
Eyelevel Resheving Initiative Four, [February 26- April 3], EyeLevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2009
My Gay Uncle [Dec. 11 - Jan. 16], Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
On Paper [Nov. 3-Dec. 18], SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH The NY Art Book Fair [October 2- 4], Iconoclast Editions, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens, NY
balm White Show [Oct. 23rd, 2009 to January 18th, 2010], Signs of Life Gallery, Lawrence, KA On Paper [May 1 - June 24], William Shearburn Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008
The NY Art Book Fair [October 24 - 26], Iconoclast Editions, Phillips De Pury & Company, New York, NY
Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, [October 15 - 18], Paul Kasmin Gallery, London, UK Contemporary Journals: More than meets the eye: [May], Ingalls Library and Archives, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
A Photographic Perspective, [February 21 - March 22], Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, [December 5 - 9], Ashley Gallery/Heidi Cho Gallery, Miami, FL Andy Warhol: Factory Now, [September 7 -October 6], Kasia Key Art Projects, Chicago, IL MACO, México Arte Contemporáneo Art Fair, [April 25 - 29], Ashley Gallery, DF, Mexico Red Dot Art Fair, [February 23 - 26], Ashley Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Featured artist at Scope Miami, [December 6 - December 10], Ashley Gallery, Miami, FL
7th International Toronto International Art Fair, [November 9 -13], Art Toronto, Ashley Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2004
Pedestrian, Nowhere to go and no money to get there, [March 13 - April 24], Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY


SELECTED PRESS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mellor, Carl, "Everson Show Celebrates Maternal Instincts," Syracuse New Times, November 1, 2017
TR Ericsson: I Was Born To Bring You Into This World, The Everson Museum of Art, September, 2017 Cross, Anne, "The State of the Print," Title Magazine, August 14, 2017
Newhall, Edith, "Poetic, deeply personal works," The Inquirer and Philly.com, July 2, 2017
Meaker, Abbey, Crackle and Drag: An Interview with Artist TR Ericsson, AUTRE, April 22, 2016 Johnson, Christopher J., The Best Books of 2015, photo-eye BLOG, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 McWhorter, Melanie, The Best Books of 2015, photo-eye BLOG, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Ladd, Jeffrey, The Best Books of 2015, photo-eye BLOG, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Johnson, Christopher J., Book of the Week: A pick by Christopher J. Johnson, photo-eye BLOG, Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Reich, Megan Lykins, "From the Ashes," art HOPPER, October 29, 2015
Maksimov, Denis, "All My Love Always No Matter What by TR Ericsson at Harlan Levey Projects," The Brussels Times Magazine, September 2015
Les choix d'Elisabeth Martin, Mu in the City, September, 2015
Un rêve parti en cendres, l'Echo week-end, Saturday September 26, 2015
TR Ericsson, This Season Highlights, Exhibitions, Agenda Magazine, Brussels, Belgium,
September 10, 2015
Meszoros, Mark, "A constant inspiration," The News Herald, August 16, 2015
Litt, Steven, "Love, beauty and suicide in TR Ericsson Transformer Station show on mother's troubled life," The Plain Dealer, August 9, 2015
Turner, Anderson, "Brave enough to expose your family's issues to the world? This artist is and Does throughout Cleveland exhibit," Akron Beacon Journal, August 7, 2015
Usmani, Josh, "Reality of Devastation Crackle and Drag at Transformer Station underscores fleeting nature of life," Cleveland Scene, Vol. 45 Issue 52, June 24 - 30, 2015
TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag, Monograph, The Cleveland Museum of Art and Yale University Press, May, 2015
TR Ericsson - "Crackle & Drag", The Sound of Applause with Dee Perry, WVIZ ideastream ,
May 21, 2015
Feuerhelm, Brad, A Family Reduced to Ash: TR Ericsson and the Ephemeral Image of Lamentation, American Suburb X, May 19, 2015
Mitchell, Jacqueline, "Tragedy & Triumph," Canvas, May 15, 2015
Simek, Peter,10 Galleries You Can't Miss at the Dallas Art Fair, Front Row,
D Magazine, April 10, 2015
The 21 Art Exhibitions You'll Be Talking About This Year, Huffington Post, January 7, 2015
Last Words: TR Ericsson: Crackle and Drag, at Transformer Station, CAN Journal,
Spring Issue, 2015
Weston, Paul, Instigator 02, January, 2015
Gallagher, James, Secret Behavior Issue 02: Family, September 2014
DIRGE: Reflections on Life and Death, Exhibition Catalogue, MOCA Cleveland, 2014
Litt, Steven, "Thoughtful MOCA show on death reminds visitors to seize the day,"
The Plain Dealer, May 2, 2014
Usmani, Josh, "REVIEW: New Exhibition @ MOCACleveland Celebrates Life
By ContemplatingMortality," Cool Cleveland, March, 2014
TR Ericsson at BCA Center, Artseenvt , March 26, 2014
Datchuk, Kimberly Musial, "Frozen in the Past," dérives art & life around btv, April 10, 2014
Lilly, Amy, "Past Forward," Seven Days, February 26, 2014
Gerspacher, Arnaud, "American Gothic," Catalogue Essay, Crackle & Drag: Film Index,
BCA Burlington City Arts, January 2014
Hellerman, Dj, curator, "TR Ericsson: the Son of No One," CRACKLE & DRAG: Film Index, Exhibition Catalogue, BCA Burlington City Arts, January 24 - April 5, 2014
Wender, Jessie, "MATTE MAGAZINE," The New Yorker Blog, August 6, 2013
Trenholme, Anne, "TR Ericsson's Crackle & Drag Vol. 2," ingals Library Blog, May 29, 2013
Green, Sarah Urist, curator, "GRAPHITE," Exhibition Catalogue (Digital), Indianapolis
Museum of Art, April 1, 2013
Flexner, Roland, a conversation, GRAPHITE, Indianapolis Museum of Art, April, 2013
Naumann, Francis M., "Marcel Duchamp Nude Descending a Staircase An Homage,"
Exhibition Catalogue, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, February 2013
Leifheit, Matthew, "Crackle & Drag," MATTE Magazine No. 13, May 15, 2013
Mulson, Jennifer, "Family Ties," The Gazette and Colorado Springs.com, February 21, 2013
T.R. Ericsson's Studio, Art Babble, Indianapolis Museum of Art, December, 2012
Tannenbaum, Barbara, "DIY:Photographers & Books," Exhibition Catalogue,
The Cleveland Museum of Art, August 11 - December 20, 2012
Eaton Center, Catalogue, 2012
T.R. Ericsson, Art Photo Index, Photo-Eye
Cormier, Zoe, "The Reel Mccoy," Toronto Standard, November, 2011
"Nicotine," Exhibition Catalogue, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, November, 2011
"Étant donnés 2°," 365 A Book a Day, Photo-Eye, September 10, 2011
"Piece of Mind," Exhibition catalogue, Fashion Institute of Technology, Elga Wimmer PCC
Gallery, May 5 - 28, 2011
Buller, Agustin Yarde, "Untitled, Issue 6", Libertarian Magazine, May, 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina Nelson, Mark, "Given," Exhibition Catalogue, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art/ SHAHEEN
modern and contemporary art, January, 2011
Epstein-Deutsch, Eli, "Recreating Etant Donnes at Francis Naumann," Marcel Duchamp.Net, Duchampian News and Reviews, posted February 25, 2011
Robinson, Walter, "Weekend Update," Artnet Magazine, January, 2011
Art Works; Edmond Montgomery Publications, New Art Disciplines, pg 47, 2011
Nathan, Emily, "Picture Post," Artnet Magazine, January 10, 2011
Litt, Steven, "Powerful drawings of woman by Ericsson push many buttons," The Plain Dealer, October 29, 2010
Juhasz, Brandon, "T. R. Ericsson @ Shaheen: Looking through Duchamps peephole,"
Hello My Name Is Art Blog, posted, October 22, 2010
Lushetich, Natasha, "On the Performativity of Absence: Death as community," Performance Research:
A Journal of the Performing Arts," Volume 15, issue 1, March, 2010
Fake, Edie, "Adderall," Review, Quimby's Books, Fall, 2010
Sokol, Brett , "36 Hours Cleveland," New York Times, September 20, 2009
Utter, Douglas Max, "Through The Woods," Cleveland Scene, Vol. 1 Issue 21, Cleveland, December 10 - 16, 2008
Tullis, Matt, "A Life Story," Cleveland Magazine, October 2008
Lushetich, Natasha, "On The Performativity of Absence," Connections Interdisciplinary
Conference, Reflections on Materiality and Time, Bristol, Avon, UK, 2008
Hofmo, Victoria, Review, Norway Times, November 13, 2007
Cotter, Holland, Review, New York Times, October 26, 2007
Pollack, Barbara, "Corporate Power," Art and Auction Magazine, December 2005
Cattelan, Maurizio, Permanent Food Magazine No. 12, Spring 2004
Downtown Cleveland, Documentary, WVIZ Ideastream, written/produced by David C. Barnett, 2004 Perry, Dee, Applause, WVIZ ideastream, Interview #511, 2002

 

ARTIST'S BOOKS/PUBLICATIONS
Crackle & Drag zines, Limited Edition Box Set (self-published), 2015
Étant donnés 2°, Limited Edition Artist's Book (self-published), January, 2011 Étant donnés 2°, Unlimited Edition Artist's Book (self-published), January, 2011 Thirst Magazine, a bi-annual publication of desire, Issues no. 1 - 16,
Brooklyn, NY, 2001 - 2009


FILM FESTIVALS/FILM SCREENINGS
Crackle & Drag, Erie International Film Festival, Official Selection, Erie, PA, 2016
Crackle & Drag, BLOW-UP Chicago Arthouse Film Festival, Official Selection, Chicago, IL, 2016 Crackle & Drag, (screening) Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Belgium, 2015
Crackle & Drag, (screening)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH, 2015 Experimental Films Inspire TR Ericsson (film screening), Chris Marker [La Jetee], Hollis Frampton [Nostalgia], Bruce Baillie [Mass for the Dakota Sioux], organized by Eric Ford,
Vermont International Film Foundation, BCA Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT, February 28, 2014 The Year of the Motorcycle, The Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH, 2006
The Year of the Motorcycle, The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Heights, OH, 2006


AWARDS
Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2016 Best Photography Books Shortlist
The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist: Photography Catalogue of the Year, 2015 Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Grant, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1997
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1995,1997
Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, New York, NY, 1995
Lloyd Sherwood Grant, New York, NY, 1994-95
National Arts Club, Award of Distinction, New York, NY, 1993
Albert Halgarten Travel Grant, New York, NY, 1993


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Agnes Gund Collection, New York, NY
The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Photography Collection, Peninsula, OH Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum, Sharon, CT
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, NY
Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH
Eaton Center Collection, Cleveland. OH
Pfizer Corporate Collection, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Yale University Arts Library, New Haven, CT
The Indie Photobook Library, Washington DC
Cuyahoga County Public Library, North Royalton, OH
Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
The Rockefeller Library, Serials Department, Providence, RI
The Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, Chicago, IL
Joseph Curtis Sloane Art Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington D.C. School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA
Fine Arts Library of the Harvard College Library, Cambridge, MA
Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Institute of Art Library, Cleveland, OH
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

 


Press Releases
T. R. Ericsson: Narcissus

T. R. Ericsson

 

Narcissus

 

November 15th – December 20th, 2008

 

SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art is pleased to announce our debut exhibition of T. R. Ericsson.  There is an opening reception Saturday, November 15th from 7–9:00 p.m.  The exhibit continues till December 20th.

 

T. R. Ericsson’s first exhibition at SHAHEEN features a group of thirteen drawings delicately rendered in powdered graphite and permeated by the biographical and autobiographical themes that have guided the artist’s sculpture, drawing, video and installation work of recent years.  Entitled Narcissus, and bearing a loose thematic relationship to the myth of Narcissus and Echo, the cycle of images depicts the artist traversing a series of complex wooded landscape settings.  To create these elaborate and labor intensive drawings, Ericsson converts high-resolution digital photographs into film positives, which are subsequently burned into silkscreens.  He then rubs bags (nylon stockings, actually) containing powdered graphite through the mesh, transferring the image from the silkscreen to paper.  Intermittently, Ericsson removes the screen and reconfigures the loose medium to pull out detail utilizing erasure, stencils, brushwork, stumping and vacuuming.  The attempt to control the passage of medium through the screen, coupled with the repeated movement of the screen precipitates chance visual occurrences and enhances the drawing’s softly focused appearance. Once complete, the screen is destroyed, leaving behind a single, unique drawing.   Ultimately, Ericsson’s working process yields rich, velvety surface textures, and exceptionally detailed images that possess material permanence, yet seem precariously close to slipping away.  While the drawings derive from Ericsson’s own experiences, the process of their creation and unique materiality enforce the universal range of emotions that the artist seeks to convey.


In addition to Narcissus
, a concurrent exhibition of Ericsson’s sculpture is on view at The Sculpture Center from November 7th – December 20th (1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland, OH – 216.229.6527 – sculpturecenter.org).  Entitled Thanksgiving, the exhibit features a portrait made in response to personal loss, and obliquely by association and omissions, of the artist himself.  

 

Ericsson has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, among them: Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Heidi Cho Gallery, NY; Bronx River Art Center, NY.  His work resides in the collections of: Progressive Art Collection; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Pfizer Corporate Collection; Museum of Modern Art, NY; JP Morgan Chase Collection; and The Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY.  Ericsson maintains studios in his native Concord Township, OH and Brooklyn, NY.

 

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Articles/Reviews
Through the Woods / Cleveland Scene

CLEVELAND SCENE
Volume 15, Issue 84
Published December 21st, 2008


Through The Woods
T. R. Ericsson Innovative Works Express A New Style Of Loneliness
By Douglas Max Utter


The artist T. R. Ericsson stands in the woods wearing a dark suit. Each of the 13 graphite-on-paper works in his solo exhibit, Narcissus, now at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Gallery, shows him in a slightly different position, but always with his head bent, hand to his ear. This gesture would have meant nothing 20 years ago,but now, of course, we recognize at once what's going on: The guy's talking on a cell phone. In his distraction, like Dante in the opening lines of The Inferno or the mythical Narcissus ignoring the nymph Echo, Ericsson appears to have wandered off the path; in several of the pictures, he stands knee-deep in weeds, his shins blocked by fallen branches.

 

One might think "more gosh-darn irony - post-modern man locked into himself, oblivious and immune to nature, estranged from experience (what a jerk!)." But there's an atmosphere in these "drawings," as Ericsson calls them, an air of romance and elegy that isn't at all ironic. The figure seems not merely self-absorbed but poised at the threshold of another world, about to be beamed up, or maybe down, and not because he's chatting with his starship: The vision is too classical, too cloud-wracked and poetic. In these drawings, graphite is forced through a silk screen in process that is laborious and physically taxing, despite beginning with digital files. The result resembles photographs that have undergone transformation at a molecular level - charged with pixie dust, infused with a sincerity that reads as psychically energetic, even spiritual.

 

The artist's face is all but invisible - blurred and averted. In several of the drawings, he's seen at a distance of 20 yards or more, a figure in a landscape. Nothing about him is certain, not even his appearance. Questions arise. If this person is, in some sense, Narcissus, where is Echo? Is she the photographer? And if not, who is? Nor does a closer look help to clarify how these pieces are made. Whether viewed from an inch away or across the room, they are unsolvable, partaking equally of photography and the gritty, fire-born qualities of charcoal drawing. The seamless mix is visually frustrating and, for that reason, slightly disturbing. And the mystery of their manner of production gradually lends the puzzle of their vantage point more urgency: In fact, who is following this young man around and with what intentions? Is he being recorded, spied upon, stalked? Ericsson defines presence from the viewpoint of absence in drawings which drift toward cinema in their frame of reference, tinged with the wireless paranoia of a brand-new style of loneliness. "When?" is not among the questions asked by these works; the time is now.

 

THERE'S A BACKSTORY to the works in Narcissus that answers some of those questions and pretty much contradicts their apparent narrative content. It's not printed on the wall or available in a pamphlet, but it is hinted at in a secondary exhibit of Ericsson's work, currently on view a few miles away at the Sculpture Center in University Circle. Called Thanksgiving, that show consists of a five-foot-square, two-inch-thick black granite slab resting just millimeters above the battered floorboards of the storefront gallery space on Euclid Avenue.

 

If the images of Ericsson at Shaheen show a slightly disheveled young man - formal white shirt untucked, collar open, tie discarded - looking as if he had just stepped away from a wedding party or a funeral for a moment's conversation with a friend, that's not far from the mark. Over the past few years, several deaths in Ericsson's family culminated in his mother's suicide. During this period, he asked his 16-year-old brother to take a few digital shots of him wandering in the woods. The artist told me that he forgot about the camera on that late summer afternoon as he got lost in conversation with a friend who had troubles of his own.

 

Audiences peer down at the inscription on the stone like Narcissus gazing into his pure woodland pool. Etched on the polished granite are more than a thousand words of text, completely filling the dark surface. The word-for-word transcription of a 1992 letter that Ericsson's mother wrote to him after he left home to go to New York gives an account of the family's Thanksgiving. It quickly becomes clear that Ericsson was lucky to have missed this particular occasion. Like a scene from an Edward Albee play, Mrs. Ericsson's description of the car ride with her parents to dinner at her brother's house is a sharply drawn sketch of the way family members ignore, misunderstand, abuse, blame and hold one another responsible for the pain of living. We recognize all this from our own experience to a greater or lesser extent; it seems only appropriate to see our own images floating in the dark stone behind the bitter words. And yet the letter ends on a nearly upbeat, defiantly loving note: "Be happy and carefree forever = Do it your way and tell the rest to shut up. Love Always."


Ericsson makes work about people, places and things that aren't there - which is what every workof art does, but rarely with such active fidelity. His drawings don't seem as much like windows cut in the walls of the present as electronic screens buzzing with a presence of their own - not a view, but a rival perspective. It's difficult to finish looking at an Ericsson piece, perhaps because his work seems, like Narcissus, to be busy with its own, very private agenda. Every work of art is careless of the observer and cruel to the advances of desire, but Ericsson finds ways to intensify such estrangement. After reading his mother's letter twice and regarding the way the tomb-like slab expands under the eye - a pond full of words not rectangular like most gravestones but square like the foundation of a pyramid - I slipped back into my own mind unobserved and walked away, as if I had gone skinny-dipping in a different life.

 

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T. R. Ericsson: Narcissus Through December 20 Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art 740 W. Superior Ave., Suite 101 216.830.8888 shaheengallery.com


T. R. Ericsson: Thanksgiving Through December 20 Sculpture Center 1834 E. 123rd St. 216.229. 6527 sculpturecenter.org

 

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TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Lost), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
22 x 28 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Pink Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
15 x 11 inches


TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Black Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
22 x 28 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (August Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
22 x 28 inches


TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Morning Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
38 x 50 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Forgiven), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
38 x 50 inches


TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Evening Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
18 x 24 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Dream Narcissus), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
24 x 16 inches


TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Alone), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
24 x 15 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Come), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
20 x 16 inches


TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Echolia), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
20 x 16 inches

TR Ericsson
Narcissus (Thinking, you), 2008
powdered graphite on paper
20 x 16 inches