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Lunch on Fridays: Scott Treleaven and TR Ericsson

September 14 2018

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B. Lewis Theater

Stills from the film

Stills from the film "The Salivation Army", courtesy of Scott Treleaven; (Second image) Image courtesy of Harlan Levey Projects

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Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

In collaboration with MOCA Cleveland and FRONT International’s exhibition at the Reinberger Gallery Great Lakes Research, the Cleveland Institute of Art welcomes artists Scott Treleaven and TR Ericsson in conversation on the subject of zine culture. Treleaven produced the infamous “queer pagan punk” zine titled This is Salivation Army from 1996-1999. During its brief publication, This is Salivation Army inspired a fervent cult following which lends to its enduring lore and significance. Curating the 4th annual rendition of MOCA’s art book and zine fair BOUND, Ericsson is the creator of Crackle & Drag, a 150-issue collection of zines that explore the complexities of human relationships through his family’s history. A fitting preamble to BOUND’s opening, this dialogue is sure to be of interest to artists, writers, musicians, and all those who embrace the DIY ethos.

Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven (b. 1972, Ontario, Canada) graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1996. His paintings are heavily informed by his early filmmaking career, as well as work in a variety of other media spanning collage, sculpture, photography, and publishing. His influential zines have been included in historical overviews such as ‘The Magazine – Documents of Contemporary Art Series’ (MIT Press 2016), ‘Showboat: Punk, Sex, Bodies’ (Dashwood 2016), and ‘In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955’ (JRP|Ringier 2009). Group exhibitions include Language of the Birds, 80WSE, New York (2016); Outside the Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2014); White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart, ICA Philadelphia (2013); Dark Cube, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and In Numbers, ICA London (2012). Solo exhibitions include INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York; COOPER COLE, Toronto; Marc Selwyn, LA; and John Connelly, NY.

TR Ericsson

TR Ericsson (b. 1972, US) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York for over 20 years. He uses the story of his mother to present a searing, soft, and complex portrait of post-industrial life in America. Ericsson constructs his work using traditional art materials such as canvas, bronze, photography, and clay as well as video, found objects, and artifacts taken from his family archives. “Crackle & Drag”, Ericsson’s ongoing project, started during the years following his mother’s suicide in 2003. It begins as an intimate encounter with an artist’s family archive and becomes a potent opportunity to reflect and scrutinize the trials and tribulations of our own lives, taking on historical significance as it documents and transforms three generations of life in the American Midwest. In 2015, this project lead to a solo exhibition at the Transformer Station/Cleveland Museum of Art and an award-winning monograph of his work, published by Yale University Press to accompany the exhibition. In 2017, he was the winner of the 91st International Print Center Award and had a solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art titled “I Was Born to Bring You into This World”, curated by DJ Hellerman. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Progressive Art Collection.


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