Image rights: © Roe Ethridge. Courtesy Blum and Poe and Gagosian Gallery.
About Roe Ethridge
Roe Ethridge uses photographic images already in circulation—including outtakes from his own commercial work and images pulled from retail catalogues—as the subject matter for his large-format photographic prints, installations, and book projects. Mixing these sources into new sequences and contexts, Ethridge creates painterly compositions with renewed meanings. Though he explores seemingly disparate motifs, Ethridge’s work falls into loosely themed collections—what the artist describes as both improvised and systematic. For example, in his book Rockaway, NY (2007), Ethridge edges on a “coastal” theme, with images from the port of Mumbai to scenes of Rockaway Beach, Queens. His book Le Luxe—playing with the equally superfluous and essential nature of luxury—captures images from a six-year-long commission to photograph the construction of Goldman Sachs’s Lower Manhattan headquarters (during which came the 2008 economic crash). Paraphrasing William Eggleston, Ethridge has said that he is "at war with the finished."
American, b. 1969, Miami, Florida