T.R. Ericsson, ‘American Tragedy’, 2017, Harlan Levey Projects

About T.R. Ericsson

T.R. Ericsson creates haunting images through elaborate silkscreen and photographic processes. A recent series of photographs titled “Etant Donnés 2” (2010), in homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Etant Donnés (1946-66), depicted a nude woman in unusual outdoor surroundings—lying in shallow water, for instance. With her face never clearly visible and her body often sprawling over twigs and brush, at first glance the photo-based images suggest a crime scene; however, Ericsson, like Duchamp before him, is exploring ideas of love. Likewise, the series “Nicotine Dreams” (2008) references familial love and mortality, inspired by the artist’s mother’s terminal years. Smoldering cigarettes placed beneath silkscreens allow the nicotine to create pictorial stains while destroying the screen, resulting in golden-hued, nostalgic images of a Christmas tree, a house, and other sentimental imagery. The pungent smell emitted by the drawings reinforces the bitterness of the artist’s memories.

American, b. 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, based in Brooklyn, New York and Concord Township, Ohio

Fair History on Artsy

Harlan Levey Projects at Art Brussels 2015
Robert Koch Gallery at Expo Chicago 2014
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art at The Armory Show 2013