PHOTOGRAPHY CATALOGUE OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: TR Ericsson: Crackle & Drag TR Ericsson, Arnaud Gerspacher, and Barbara Tannenbaum
“Even if you don’t already know about the work of TR Ericsson, this multilayered, monographic catalogue evokes a strong sense of curiosity and interest to know more,” says Christoph Wiesner. Its mystery begins the moment you open the book and confront the black endpapers, which are printed with a facsimile of a woman’s death certificate. She is identified as fifty-seven years old; she died at home. As you quickly discover, she was the artist’s mother, who committed suicide. This book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, weaves together reproductions of Midwestern family snapshots, documents, letters, newspapers, and works by the artist, which include sculpture, photographs, and even images altered using his mother’s ashes—all in service of decrypting a difficult life. With its black-edged pages and matte paper, it’s a compelling mix of artist’s book and exhibition catalogue.