Display Cases in the Great Hall: Exhibition Archive
January 7th, 2015 - February 13th, 2015
LUCIFER’S KISS: Photograms by TR ERICSSON
Lucifer was the Latin name given to the brightest star in the ancient Roman sky, the light we now identify with the planet Venus. The first light in the night sky, it is often seen low on the horizon just after sunset. Ericsson plays with the subsequent interpretation of Lucifer as the favored angel who falls from grace, becoming identified with forces of darkness. In these photograms, Lucifer brings light to the paper, revealing a woman’s form, fashioning her contours against glossy black.
Playing with light and dark, edges and shadows, Ericsson manipulates both muse and medium to create a sensuous and luminous image. Like rings of smoke etched in light, tendrils of hair dance around the woman’s head. In Lucifer, the strings of light evoke a fireball falling into the open hand below. Lucifer’s Kiss reveals the muse’s body in white light against the glossy darkness. Lucifer Falling is a poetic embrace, where light is wrapped around darkness, tickling and entering the shadows. Lucifer (Black Diamond) blurs light into surrender in intermingled forms.
The Lucifer series of photograms reveals a departure from Ericsson’s previous surrealist drawings objectifying the nude, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s voyeuristic late work, Étant donné. Counterpoint to Bruce Conner’s Angels, Ericsson’s photograms explore heavenly and earthly natures, allowing fiery illumination to caress darkness. Lucifer embraces and seduces the viewer with light.
Case One: Lucifer’s Kiss, Lucifer
Case Two: Lucifer Falling, Lucifer (Black Diamond)
All photograms, 24 x 20 inches, printed on
resin-coated Ilford paper
All works Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Koch Gallery
Curated by Lisa A. Banner
TR Ericsson featured in the Huffington Post. "The 21 Art Exhibitions You'll Be Talking Bout This Year" and mentions Ericsson's show at the Cleveland Art Museum.
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