Sunday, October 5, 2008

T.R. Ericsson at Paul Kasmin

Really fun show at Paul Kasmin Gallery by T.R Ericsson where the artist uses nicoltine as the "ink" in a photo/silkscreen process. I quote here from the gallery website:

In creating these works on paper, Ericsson uses a silkscreen process, essentially an intensified version of the process through which his mother's white ceiling became stained yellow. Digital photographs are burned into silkscreens. Subsequently the images are recreated in nicotine as ashtrays filled with smoldering cigarettes are placed beneath the screens, slowly creating pictorial stains while destroying the screen. The process requires anywhere from fifteen to six hundred cigarettes to create a single image.

I love the interplay between family history and process. I hope the nicotine is more friendly over the long term to the paper than it was to his mother's lungs, but, archival questions aside, this is potent, layered work. It's amazing how the nicotine creates a nostalgic and antique veneer in every picture. It reminds me a bit of the Polaroid transfers of Rick Hocks I spoke of a few posts ago. Both are full of comment on process and progress though the emotional message between them is quite different.

A link to Paul Kasmin's website

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