T. R. Ericsson: Etant Donnes
September 17, 2010 - November 12, 2010

Artist Biography
TR Ericsson

TR Ericsson

 

Born Cleveland, OH 1972

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Concord Township, OH

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1991-1995     The Art Students League of New York, NY

                      The National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1990-1991     The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

 

 

SOLO EXHIBTIIONS

 

2014   Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT

2013   Photographs, Paintings and Objects (for a film), SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

2011   Nicotine, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

           Shot 44, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland

          Etant Donnes 2°, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY

2010   Etant Donnes, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

2008   Narcissus, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

          Thanksgiving, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

          Nicotine Dream, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

2007   As if life isn't hard enough they have to tear out your flowers, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

           And all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well when the tongues of flame are in-folded into

           the crowned knot of fire and the fire and the rose are one, Progressive Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA

2006   The Year of the Motorcycle, documentary film screening, Cleveland International Film Festival,

           Cleveland, OH

2005   The Year of the Motorcycle, Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH

2003   Angst, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland, OH

 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2013   A Different Kind of Order, The ICP Triennial, Artist Book Installation, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

           Where I'm Calling From, Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH

           A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

           Light of Day, Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH

           Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending Staircase: An Homage, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY

           Graphite, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

2012   Earth: Language and Symbols, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2011   Practice to Deceive: Smoke and Mirrors in Fashion, Fine Art and Film, Shop Show Studio, London, UK

           New Work, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY

           Piece of Mind, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, NY

2010   Facsimile, Girls' Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL

           TRANSparent TRANSlucent, Flash Space, Lawrence, KS

           Detour, SPACES, Cleveland, OH

           Recent Acquisitions, Ikon Ltd. Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

           Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative Four, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2009   My Gay Uncle, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

           balm White Show, Signs of Life Gallery, Lawrence, KS

           On Paper, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

           Works on Paper, William Shearburn Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008   A Photographic Perspective, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

2007   Andy Warhol: Factory Now, Kasia Key Art Projects, Chicago, IL

2004   Pedestrian, Nowhere to go and no money to get there, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Agnes Gund Collection, New York, NY

The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Photography Collection, Peninsula, OH

The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, NY

Pfizer Corporate Collection, New York, NY

Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH

Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

 

 

 

ARTIST'S BOOK AND LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

 

Cleveland Institute of Art Library, Cleveland, OH

Cuyahoga County Public Library, North Royalton, OH

Fine Arts Library of the Harvard College Library, Cambridge, MA

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington D.C.

The Indie Photobook Library, Washington DC

The Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, Chicago, IL
Joseph Curtis Sloane Art Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Museum of Modern Art, DADABASE, New York, NY

The Rockefeller Library, Serials Department, Providence, RI
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

 

SELECTED PRESS

 

Crackle & Drag, MATTE Magazine, No. 13, 2013

Family Ties, by Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette and ColoradoSprings.com, February 21, 2013

The Reel Mccoy, by Zoe Cormier, Toronto Standard, November, 2011

Untitled, Issue 8, Libertarian Magazine, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2011

Recreating Etant Donnes at Francis Nauman; by Eli Epstein-Deutsch, MarcelDuchamp.net, Duchampian News and Reviews, posted February, 25, 2011

Weekend Update; by Walter Robinson, Artnet Magazine, January, 2011
Picture Post; by Emily Nathan, Artnet Magazine, January 10, 2011
Powerful drawings of woman by Ericsson push many buttons; by Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, October 29, 2010
36 Hours Cleveland; by Brett Sokol, New York Times, September 20, 2009

Through The Woods; by Douglas Max Utter, Cleveland Scene, December 2008

A Life Story; by Matt Tullis, Cleveland Magazine, October 2008

On The Performativity of Absence, Connections Interdisciplinary Conference, Reflections on Materiality and Time; by Natasha Lushetich, Bristol, Avon, UK

Review of As if life isn't hard enough they have to tear out your flowers; by Victoria Hofmo, Norway Times, November 13, 2007

Review of As if life isn't hard enough they have to tear out your flowers; by Holland Cotter, New York Times, October 26, 2007

Corporate Power; by Barbara Pollack, Art and Auction, December 2005

Downtown Cleveland, a documentary; WVIZ/PBS producer David C. Barnett, 2004

Applause; WVIZ ideastream, an interview with Dee Perry, 2002

Hold that pose; House Beautiful Magazine, September 2001

 

 

AWARDS

 

Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Grant, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1997

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1997

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1995

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

 


Press Releases
T. R. Ericsson: Etant Donnes

 

 

T. R. ERICSSON

Etant Donnes

 

September 17th - November 12th, 2010

 

SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art is pleased to announce

an exhibition of new drawings by T. R. Ericsson. 

 

SHAHEEN is delighted to present Etant Donnes, an exhibition of new work by T. R. Ericsson.  The exhibition is Ericsson's second at the gallery, and features a cycle of eight mid-large scale powdered graphite drawings.  Bearing the same title as Marcel Duchamp's late masterpiece, Ericsson's Etant Donnes series finds the artist delving ever deeper into the biographical and autobiographical themes that have dominated his work of the past five years.  Comprised of a group of images of an unclothed female figure in a sequence of forested settings, Etant Donnes could be construed as the female or  "Echo" counterpart to Ericsson's Narcissus series, a group of thirteen powdered graphite drawings that were exhibited at SHAHEEN in 2008, which featured the artist traversing a similar series of wooded landscapes.  Although Ericsson has laced Etant Donnes with a number of potential references, this body of work resists easy interpretation, instead leaving itself open to an expansive and eclectic array of readings, and evoking a broad spectrum of cerebral and emotional responses.  The eight drawings that make up the exhibition derive from a much larger group of photographic images that Ericsson has published as an artist book entitled Etant Donnes, which will spawn subsequent drawings.

 

Just as Etant Donnes finds Ericsson venturing into more brooding emotional and psychological territory, it also finds him pushing his powdered graphite drawings and the distinct, labor intensive process through which he realizes them to new and ambitious levels of scale (the largest drawing measures 96 x 72 inches), and technical complexity and refinement.  To produce a drawing, the artist rubs porous bags fashioned from nylon stockings containing powdered graphite through the mesh of a silkscreen, transferring a base image in multiple stages onto the paper.  Intermittently, Ericsson removes the screen and reconfigures the loose medium through erasure, stencils, brushwork, stumping and vacuuming to create detail and articulate tonal range.  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 grit and permanence, while simultaneously seeming mirage-like and precariously close to slipping away.

 

Over the past few years, T.R. Ericsson's work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including: Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Heidi Cho Gallery, NY; and the Bronx River Art Center, NY.  His work resides in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, Dada Archives, NY; The Pfizer Corporate Collection; The Progressive Art Collection; 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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TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
38 x 50 inches

TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes , 2010
powdered graphite on paper
50 x 38 inches


TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
50 x 66 inches

TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes , 2010
powdered graphite on paper
66 x 50 inches


TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
38 x 50 inches

TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
66 x 50 inches


TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
38 x 50 inches

TR Ericsson
Untitled from Etant Donnes, 2010
powdered graphite on paper
96 x 72 inches