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

Solo Shows

2015
Cleveland Museum of Art, 
Cleveland, OH, United States,
TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag
2013
SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, 
Cleveland, OH, United States,
Photographs, Paintings and Objects for a Film
2010
SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, 
Cleveland, OH, United States,
Etant Donnes
2008
SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, 
Cleveland, OH, United States,
Narcissus

Fair History on Artsy

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