PRESS | TR Ericsson

Review of The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

The National Review published a text about The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today. You can find there a short review of TR Ericsson's work Bride (2019):


" TR Ericsson’s Bride seems wistful at first. It’s a big expanse of white with a faint sepia image of a young woman. It’s a portrait of Ericsson’s mother, based on a photograph of her as a bride. His process is brilliant and different. It starts as a silkscreen based on the photograph. Ericsson then puts the silkscreen over a box packed with ashtrays filled with smoldering cigarettes. The nicotine in the smoke as well as the cigarettes’ heat passes through the screen and burns a tarnished-gold-colored image.

Ericsson’s mother, finally a suicide, was given to addiction. As a consequence, his art focuses on generations of his family in northeastern Ohio. I was initially drawn to Bride because it’s tonalist. I like experiments with white-on-white or black-on-black. The technique’s part of the narrative since his mother smoked like a jalopy tailpipe. It’s a print but a monotype since each impression’s unique. Ericsson gets the tones he wants through controlling the screen’s exposure to the cigarette smoke. The work’s beautiful but scarily so."


Read the full article here or download the PDF here

June 15, 2022