TR Ericsson’s exhibition “Cinders” is now showing at Albertz Benda in partnership with Harlan Levey Projects.
The exhibition showcases specific aspects of Ericsson’s epic archival project “Crackle & Drag,” a ruthlessly honest, yet tender portrayal of his mother who committed suicide at age 57, and of the triangulated relationships between three generations within one Northeastern Ohio family. Ericsson’s first exhibition at the gallery provides a deeper look into one of the many complex narratives addressed in his current solo exhibition “I Was Born To Bring You Into This World,” which runs at the Everson Museum of Art until December 31st 2017.
Pairs of selected works focus on the relationship between a father and his daughter, as told by her son after their deaths. Together they form a mixed-media portrait of two people and three generations of life in the rustbelt. The title “Cinders” refers to Ericsson’s past, his process, motivation, materials and allegiance with certain post-modernist philosophy, particularly an impossibility of existence pointed to in Jacques Derrida’s eponymous book. Similar to archival projects from artists like Marcel Broodthaers or the duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, existing objects and images become distribution systems for agency as they are transformed through rigorous conceptual and formal decisions. Ericsson’s work however, makes private information public in a gesture where politics and institutional critique exist only as generosity, concern and care.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a two channel video installation reminiscents Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia. On one wall Ericsson’s mother’s voice is projected in typed sentences pulled from old letters or transcribed from lost recordings. She describes a traumatic relationship with her father, which is deeply personal and at times discomforting to read. Parallel to this, photographs of the family archive are shown as they are slowly burnt and drown in flames. In the shadows of the video installation are two bronze casts of objects inherited from his grandfather. One is of a letter opener his grandfather made from bullet casing while serving in the merchant marine in WWII. The heavy cast bronze is encrusted with a fragment from a typed letter from Ericsson’s mother. In the backspace of the gallery, beautiful handmade ceramic urns are at once art objects and actual reliquaries. These are paired with portraits of his mother and her father at different points in their lives. Their images are blissfully haunted after being covered in their own ashes in one of many movements towards immateriality.
Death is not elsewhere. It is present throughout the exhibition, employed as a secular and spiritual beginning that comes from confronting the inevitable end.
Click here to view an article about the exhibition on Hyperallergic
Harlan Levey Projects is in Booth E1 at the Untitled Art Fair with works by Marcin Dudek, TR Ericsson, Ella Littwitz and Emmanuel Van der Auwera.
TR Ericsson’s current exhibition I Was Born To Bring You Into This World is now available online as an interactive digital walkthrough.
I Was Born To Bring You Into This World is at Everson Museum of Art until 31.12.2017
TR Ericsson, Coney Island, January, 1994, 66x102cm (26x40in), C-Print, 2016
TR Ericsson’s exhibition “Cinders” will open this evening at Albertz Benda in New York and will be open until January 13th 2018.
TR Ericsson’s solo exhibition Cinders will soon be opening at Albertz Benda in New York.
The exhibition is on from 30.11.17 – 13.01.18.
TR Ericsson, L.M.R., Graphite Resin and Funerary Ash on Panel 127x102cm (50x40in), 2013
We’re pleased to announce our participation to Expo Chicago 2017 where we will present works from TR Ericsson and Emmanuel Van der Auwera in the Exposure section curated by Justine Ludwig.
Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Central Alberta
We’ve kindly been invited by the Antwerp Art Weekend to join the action.
We’ll be in Antwerp showing a few works from Marcin Dudek, TR Ericsson, Emmanuel Van der Auwera and Ella Littwitz.
If you’re around, please come say hello.
Check the full program here (we’re listed under the activities of our gracious hostess Sofie Van de Velde).
Marcin Dudek, Antwerp art weekend, 2017
Anna Louie Sussman has written a review of the Dallas Art Fair 2017 on Artsy. Read it here!
Dallas Art Fair 2017, Harlan Levey Projects, Booth G8
Selected as the winner of the Annual International Competition by a jury including Metropolitan Museum of Art curators Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York; and Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, TR Ericsson opens a solo exhibition at the Print Center (Philadelphia) on May 5th. The exhibition orbits around the work “Jeanne”, presented in the gallery last year. Ericsson currently has work in the exhibition “Family” at the Akron Museum of Art alongside Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Larry Fink, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Joseph Vitone and others.
TR Ericsson, Jeanne, 2016
We’re headed back to the big D where we’ll be presenting works from Amelie Bouvier, Marcin Dudek, TR Ericsson and Emmanuel Van der Auwera.
Dallas Art Fair, April 6 – 9, 2017
Harlan Levey Projects – Level 1, Booth G8 (Have a look at our page on Artsy)
FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery), 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas Art Fair, Booth G8, 2017
TR Ericsson, Sue Kirtland Road, 2008
Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Videosculpture XIV, 2017