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TR Ericsson, 45’s, 2018, graphite, resin, and funerary ash on muslin, 59 × 82 5⁄8".

TR Ericsson

Harlan Levey Projects

TR Ericsson, 45’s, 2018, graphite, resin, and funerary ash on muslin, 59 × 82 5⁄8".

TR Ericsson’s “Industrial Poems—Poémes Industriels” was a very private yet despairing portrait of the relationship between a mother and son. The artist captures this relationship in two phases: the period during which he had to deal with his mother’s mental instability; and his life after her suicide. Ericsson’s art reflects his experiences with a great deal of intimacy, and at first this felt uncomfortable, as if one were intruding on personal affairs. Yet its resonance was more than just personal; rather, it was an eerie reminder of the socioeconomic wasteland of the postindustrial American Midwest, where the artist grew up and where his mother, Susan, died. All the works evoked the ongoing effects of domestic violence, alcoholism, unemployment, and relentless apathy.

Before entering the space, one saw a freestanding wall bearing an enlarged image of detailed phone charges,

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