Steve Litt Reviews Crackle & Drag

Images of works from the T.R. Ericsson "Crackle and Drag" exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City.An installation shot of the T.R. Ericsson "Crackle & Drag" exhibition at the Transformer Station Gallery in Ohio City includes "Thanksgiving Day," the large polished black granite slab in the foreground, which is incised with a letter written by the artist's mother, Susan Ericsson, describing a calamitous family holiday gathering. Photo: Steven Litt

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Harrowing is one word that describes artist T.R. Ericsson's current exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City; the word exquisite also fits.

Organized by photography curator Barbara Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the show delves into the artist's 15-year exploration of the life and death of his mother, who committed suicide in 2003 at age 57 after struggling with depression, multiple sclerosis and alcoholism.
On view through Sunday, Aug. 23, the exhibition presents a compelling and portentous array of photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations, plus a 45-minute video. Read More...