Currently on display
Still Listening: New Sculptures by Todd Erickson
May 31–August 3
“Still Listening” features sculptures by Detroit artist Todd Erickson. Erickson is a graduate of Hope College and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has worked in various capacities as a teacher and administrator at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit for the past 36 years. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the state of Michigan. The exhibition includes three new sculptures especially created by the artist for the exhibition, along with 15 older works.
Erickson was a biology major and art minor at Hope, and his interests in sculpture and the natural environment continue to be carried forward in his career. Using tree branches collected while exploring the wilderness of the state of Michigan, he assembles organic-looking but carefully composed sculptures. The sculptures are cut into pieces to make molds using sand, ceramic shell, rubber and plaster. Erickson then casts the pieces in bronze and welds the pieces back together to recreate the original wooden sculpture.
“His casting and welding techniques are masterful, and he is able to preserve all of the textures and subtle details of the branches in the finished metal sculptures,” said Charles Mason, who is the director and Margaret Feldmann Kruizenga Curator of the Kruizenga Art Museum.
Combining nature and artifice, specificity and universality, Erickon’s sculptures are paradoxical. Resembling three-dimensional calligraphic brushstrokes, the sculptures can evoke a variety of responses from the viewer when considered from different angles, sometimes seeming energetic and dynamic, and at other times feeling calm and still. “[Erickson’s sculptures] intersect with several grand traditions of modern art, including plein air painting, land art and found-object assemblage art,” Mason said, “but most of all they reflect an artist who is still humbly listening to what the world has to tell him and teach him.”
Still Listening was organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum and Todd Erickson. The museum is grateful to the artist for creating and loaning these sculptures for the exhibition. Todd Erickson is represented commercially by the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.
Admission to the exhibition is free, and all are welcome.
As a teaching museum, the Kruizenga Art Museum strives to be a center for curiosity, inspiration and cultural exploration. By displaying artworks from a wide range of cultures and historical periods, the museum aims to foster the qualities of empathy, tolerance and understanding in all of our visitors.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, the Kruizenga Museum’s collection is constantly growing. In an increasingly diverse and global age, it is important for the Kruizenga to collect and exhibit images and objects that can help tell as many different stories as possible. The Kruizenga Museum collection reflects patterns of cross-cultural exchange that in some cases are centuries old and yet continue to shape our world today. We welcome you to explore this exhibition with an open mind. The exhibition was not designed to be seen in a certain sequence and we encourage you to draw your own connections between the artworks. If you have any comments or questions about the exhibition or the Kruizenga Museum collection, please contact a museum staff member.
ABOUT OUR EXHIBITIONS
The Kruizenga Art Museum galleries are typically installed with a mix of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. These exhibitions and displays are planned to complement course offerings in the college’s academic curriculum and usually change, partially or completely, at the beginning of each semester.
The museum’s exhibitions are further augmented by lectures, artist demonstrations, film series, musical concerts, dance and theater performances and other relevant educational programs. An endowment gift from Holland residents Dave and Jane Armstrong provides funding for at least one exhibition-related lecture every year, while other programs are made possible through annual gifts and campus partnerships.