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Roe Ethridge, Le Luxe

Andrew Kreps Gallery
525 West 22nd Street, 212-741-8849
May 6 - June 25, 2011
Reception: Friday, May 6, 6 - 8 PM
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The Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present the fifth solo exhibition by New York-based photographer Roe Ethridge. The show will feature both recent works as well as works that come out of a series spanning six years.

Themes of inventories, personal vs. commissioned, analog vs. digital, the term Le Luxe and its context in regards to luxury brands, and the fact that it’s the title of two Mattisse paintings dated 1907 and 1913, the everyday luxuries of time, and shrimp cocktail are explored in recent works. These are presented alongside images that are selected from a commission that Ethridge recently finished for Goldman Sachs spanning six years and documenting the construction of their new headquarters to create an non-descriptive, if not abstract “snapshot” of being a dweller of New York in this specific time and space, utitlizing classic photo formats of landscape, portraiture, still life and documentary. This sporadic movement between the thematic and formal is what drives Ethridge’s work. The spaces between the subjects are where the viewer is invited to assume what has been cut out: an unending stream of connective threads that if included, would have yielded a nearly linear body of work. Instead, he edits, setting up complex relationships between his genres of imagery. All images are of equal importance and form a visual fugue-like structure.

“The pictures acquire their meaning from the salient way in which they have been shuffled, sequenced, and laid out in nonlinear narrative structures. Combining and recombining already recontextualized images, Ethridge at once subverts the photographs’ original roles and renews their signifying possibilities.” – Roxana Marcocci, MoMA.

The show will be accompanied by the completion of a monograph published by Mack of the same name.

Ethridge’s work has shown extensively in the United States and internationally. He was recently included in the New Photography show at the MoMA and the Les Recontres D’Arles Photography Show and Prize, and recently short-listed for the Deutsche-Boerse Prize for Photography. He was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2008, and will have a major retrospective at Le Consortium in Dijon curated by Anne Pontegnie in 2012.
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