A singular digital catalogue, designed in close collaboration with the artist, that allows to understand how Roe Ethridge thinks, edits and organizes his images.
For Roe Ethridge, the medium of the book is often an opportunity to show the flows that animate his photographic work, and create links between images from heterogeneous projects and times. This catalogue, which only exists in an electronic form, reveals the selection, layout and installation processes at work in the artist's first museum exhibition at Le Consortium, Dijon, and M - Museum Leuven. It offers a unique opportunity to understand how Ethridge thinks, edits and organizes his images. This singular story in pictures is accompanied by an essay by Anne Pontégnie, the curator of the exhibition.
Published on the occasion of Roe Ethridge's exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, and at M - Museum Leuven, in 2012-2013.
The photography of Roe Ethridge (born 1969 in Miami, lives and works in New York) encompasses a study of genres, the recent history of photography and his own practice as a fashion photographer. Like Josh Smith in painting and Kelley Walker in Appropriation Art, Roe Ethridge belongs to a generation that has extricated itself from the straitjacket of progress and modern changes and managed to open a new chapter in the field of photography. Landscape photography and still lifes, original images and images borrowed from the print media, abstractions and illustrations are placed side by side to create a recognizable world which moves freely from one photographic genre to another—from documentary to the most formal photography.
In the last ten years Roe Ethridge has covered all the genres—nudes, still lifes, cityscapes, country scenes, portraits, collages, etc., thereby creating a body of work that strives for consistency by exploring sensibility so as to arrive at a powerful conceptual project.