(American, b. 1972)
Powdered graphite on paper
Sheet: 126.8 x 95.8 cm (49 15/16 x 37 11/16 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund 2008.153
Oblivious to the surrounding natural world, the figure depicted here (Ericsson himself) is absorbed in conversation with an absent companion, aware only of his private experience. The process used in the drawing is labor intensive: a silkscreen is made from a photograph, and graphite is rubbed by hand through the mesh, using erasure, stumping, and even vacuuming to transfer the image onto paper. The screen is then destroyed, resulting in a unique drawing.
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