This is the first monograph dedicated to contemporary artist TR Ericsson (b. 1972), who with conceptual rigor and emotional directness uses the archives chronicling his family's painful past to explore the healing powers of commemoration and memory. He grapples with these archival materials' power to define both the past and future, even as they vanish slowly with time. In a poignant family chronology in text and images, Ericsson includes many photographs of his mother-whose suicide at age 57 was a traumatic turning point in his life and career-along with related photographs, documents, writings, film stills, and artifacts dating back to the 1930s. Two scholarly essays set Ericsson's work into its artistic and broader cultural context. The complete publication is both a guide to the artist's work and an inspired chronicle of several generations of a Midwestern family, evoking universal themes of love and loss.
TR Ericsson is a contemporary artist whose work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and others. Arnaud Gerspacher is a doctoral candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Barbara Tannenbaum is curator of photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art.