TR Ericsson

 

TR Ericsson (b. 1972, US) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York for over 20 years. He uses the story of his mother to present a searing, soft, and complex portrait of post-industrial life in America. Ericsson constructs his work using traditional art materials such as canvas, bronze, photography, and clay as well as video, found objects, and artifacts taken from his family archives. “Crackle & Drag”, Ericsson’s ongoing project, started during the years following his mother’s suicide in 2003. It begins as an intimate encounter with an artist’s family archive and becomes a potent opportunity to refl ect and scrutinize the trials and tribulations of our own lives, taking on historical signifi cance as it documents and transforms three generations of life in the American Midwest. In 2015, this project lead to a solo exhibition at the Transformer Station/Cleveland Museum of Art and an award winning monograph of his work, published by Yale University Press to accompany the exhibition. In 2017, he was the winner of the 91st International Print Center Award and he had a solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art titled “I Was Born to Bring You into This World”, curated by DJ Hellerman. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Progressive Art Collection, and many others.

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Education

1991-1995
The Art Students League of New York, US
The National Academy of Design, New York, US

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

1984-1990
The Fine Arts Association, Cleveland, US

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Industrial Poems – Poèmes industriels, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2017
Cinders, Albertz Benda, New York, US
I Was Born To Bring You Into This World, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, US
Jeanne, The Print Center, Philadelphia, US

2015
All My Love Always No Matter What, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, US
Lucifer’s Kiss: Photograms by TR Ericsson, Institute of Fine Arts, New York, US

2014
Crackle & Drag: Film Index, BCA, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, US

2013
Photographs, Paintings and Objects for a Film, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US

2011
SHOT 44, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, CH
Étant donnés 2°, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, US

2010
Etant Donnes, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US

2008
Nicotine Dream, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US
Narcissus, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US
Thanksgiving, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, US

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

2005
The Year of the Motorcycle, Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, US
I’m still waiting for you... , Arts Collinwood, Collinwood, US

2003
Angste, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland, US

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Polarities, TOTAH, New York, US
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, with Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Pop Up Exhibition with Harlan Levey Projects & Anton Kern Gallery, Dallas, US

2017
Untitled Miami, Harlan Levey Projects, Miami, US
Detroit Art Book Fair, Overnight Projects, Detroit, US
EXPO Chicago, Harlan Levey Projects, Chicago, US
Antwerp Art Weekend, Harlan Levey Projects, Antwerp, BE
Philadelphia Art Book Fair, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center, Philadelphia, US
Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Family, Akron Art Museum, Akron, US

2016
Residual Historical Haunting, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, US
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, SE
Imprints, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, LOOK 3 Festival of the Photograph, Focus on Photobooks, JAAHC, Charlottsville, US
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, 15th International Festival of Photography in Łódź, Fotofestiwal 2016, PL
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Self Publish Riga Photomonth, LV
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Scotiabank
CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, CA
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Philadelphia Art Book Fair, presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center & The Print Center, Philadelphia, US
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, NL
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Aperture Foundation, New York, US
New Acquisitions, Ikon Ltd. Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, US

2015
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2015 Exhibition, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, FR
Paris Photo, Robert Koch Gallery, Paris, FR
EXPO CHICAGO, Robert Koch Gallery, Chicago, IL
MIMEO REVOLUTION Artist Book + Zine Fair, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH Past & Present, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, US
NOADA Art Exposition, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Words Matter, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, US
Every day I’m..., Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
LA Art Book Fair, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, US

2014
Paris Photo, Robert Koch Gallery, Paris, FR
The NY Art Book Fair, Secret Behavior, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, US EXPO CHICAGO, Robert Koch Gallery, Chicago, US
Quottom, Swiss Culture Magazine, Instagram
The Big Show, Zygote Press, Cleveland, US
Dirge: Reflections on [Life and] Death, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, US
NOADA Art Exposition, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US

2013
A Different Kind of Order, The ICP Triennial, Artist Book Installation, International Center of Photography, New York, US
Where I’m Calling From, curated by Todd Hido, Transformer Station, Cleveland, US NOADA Art Exposition, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US
The Armory Show, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, US
A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum, Colorado Springs, US
Light of Day, Transformer Station, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, US
Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase: An Homage, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, US
Graphite, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, US

2012
DIY: Photograpers & Books, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, US
Art Miami, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Miami, US
NOADA Art Exposition, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US
Earth: Language and Symbols, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, US

2011
Nicotine, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US
Practice to Deceive: Smoke and Mirrors in Fashion, Fine art and Film, Shop Show studio, London, UK
New Work, Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York, US
ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, Printed Matter, New York, US
Piece of Mind, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, US
Dallas Art Fair, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Dallas, US
Facsimile, Girl’s Club, Ft. Lauderdale, US

2010
Art Basel Miami, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, Miami, US
The NY Art Book Fair, Iconoclast Editions, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, US
TRANSparent TRANSlucent, Flash Space, Lawrence, US
Detour, SPACES, Cleveland, US
Printed Matter Distribution Program, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, US
Eyelevel Resheving Initiative Four, EyeLevel Gallery, Halifax, US

2009
My Gay Uncle, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US
On Paper, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US
The NY Art Book Fair, Iconoclast Editions, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens, NY, US
balm White Show, Signs of life gallery, Lawrence, US
On Paper, William Shearburn Gallery, Santa Fe, US

2008
The NY Art Book Fair, Iconoclast Editions, Phillips De Pury & Company, New York, US Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, Paul Kasmin Gallery, London, UK
Contemporary Journals: More than meets the eye, Ingalls Library and Archives, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, US
A Photographic Perspective, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, US

2007
Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Ashley Gallery/Heidi Cho Gallery, Miami, US Andy Warhol: Factory Now, Kasia Key Art Projects, Chicago, US
MACO, México Arte Contemporáneo Art Fair, Ashley Gallery, DF, MX
Red Dot Art Fair, Ashley Gallery, New York, US

2006
7th International Toronto International Art Fair, Art Toronto, Ashley Gallery, Toronto, CA

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

Screenings

2016
Crackle & Drag, Erie International Film Festival, Official Selection, Erie, US
Crackle & Drag, BLOW-UP Chicago Arthouse Film Festival, Official Selection, Chicago, US

2015
Crackle & Drag, (screening) Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Crackle & Drag, (screening)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Transformer Station, Cleveland, US

2014
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, International Film Foundation, BCA Burlington City Arts, Burlington, US

2006
The Year of the Motorcycle, The Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, US
Year of the Motorcycle, The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Heights, US

Awards

2017
Winner of the Print Center's Annual International Competition

2016
Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, Best Photography Books Shortlist

2015
The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist: Photography Catalogue of the Year

1997
Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Grant, Oklahoma City, US Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Quebec, CA

1995
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Quebec, CA Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, New York, US
Lloyd Sherwood Grant, New York, US

1993
National Arts Club, Award of Distinction, New York, US
Halgarten Travel Grant, New York, US

Industrial Poems – Poèmes industriels
Imprints, Installation view
Imprints
All My Love, Always No Matter What

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