/ Kruizenga Art Museum

Still Listening

New Sculptures by Todd Erickson

May 31–August 3, 2019

Betsie River II

“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.

Using tree branches collected while exploring the wilderness of the state of Michigan, Erickson 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. The resulting pieces resemble three-dimensional calligraphic brushstrokes, and evoke a variety of experiences when viewed from different angles.

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