A Moveable Feast – Part I
Roe Ethridge
12 – 28 September 2013
Campoli Presti, Paris

The first part of A Moveable Feast is dedicated to photographer Roe Ethridge.

Roe Ethridge’s work circulates in the worlds of fashion, commercial and art photography. Borrowing images already in distribution, including outtakes from his own commercial work and sometimes already published in other contexts, he subverts the photographs’ original roles and expands their signifying possibilities.

Through an intentional balancing between spontaneity and staging, Ethridge manages to traverse and question photography’s typologies. The selection of images presented in this exhibition echo this dislocating process. While the pristine sill-lives Chanel Eyewear on Mirror (2013) and Bracelet (2013) decontextualize luxury, backstage full-face portrait Sigrid (2013) references Ethridges’ simultaneous commercial and self-assignments. Wave break (2010) reveals how Ethride sometimes organizes a series around a certain theme, surf being one of the most consistent throughout his work.

The selection and disposition of these works in the exhibition room is the result of a constant inventorying and editing of images that for Ethridge is as important as the images themselves. This working process, which he names “fugue”, is inspired by a compositional technique that brings together different contrapunctual voices. By unfolding this practice, Ethridge takes into account that images are continuously subject to a very complex mediation and that each one is part of a field of relations.

Roe Ethridge received a BFA in Photography from The College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. His work belongs to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Tate Modern, London. His first major retrospective, curated Anne Pontégnie, was exhibited at Le Consortium in Dijon before traveling to Museum Leuven, Belgium in 2012. His work is currently presented at the 12th Biennale de Lyon, and was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2008. Recent exhibitions include More American Photographs, CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Le Luxe II BHGG, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); Dystopia, CAPC, Bordeaux; Le Luxe, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2011); Les Rencontres d’Arles (2011), New Photography 2010, MoMa, New York.