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Roe Ethridge

Beach Umbrella

July 1–August 27, 2021
Park & 75, New York

Installation view Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Roe Ethridge. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Roe Ethridge, Beach Umbrella with Life Guard Stand, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Beach Umbrella with Life Guard Stand, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Maryel with Beach Umbrella, 2018 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 53 × 40 inches (134.6 × 101.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Maryel with Beach Umbrella, 2018

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 53 × 40 inches (134.6 × 101.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Blue and White Umbrella, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Blue and White Umbrella, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Rainbow Beach Umbrella with Flip Flops, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Rainbow Beach Umbrella with Flip Flops, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Bent Sunflower in School Garden, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 32 × 24 inches (81.3 × 61 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Bent Sunflower in School Garden, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 32 × 24 inches (81.3 × 61 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Beach Umbrella with Cup and Flip Flops, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 53 inches (101.6 × 134.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Beach Umbrella with Cup and Flip Flops, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 × 53 inches (101.6 × 134.6 cm), edition 1/5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

About

When I arrived at the beach, it was littered with broken umbrellas and various other “day at the beach” sundries. It had that semi-apocalyptic vibe that permeates everything nowadays but was also joyful in an archaeological way, like discovering the remains of a party or ritual celebration.
—Roe Ethridge

Gagosian is pleased to present Beach Umbrella, an exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge.

Moving fluidly between the realms of fine art, fashion photography, stock imagery, and social media, Ethridge juxtaposes carefully staged scenes with vignettes from everyday life, pursuing a visual language that is, in his own words, “‘right’ in its wrongness.” Investigating the constant tension between chance occurrence and the photographer’s editorial eye, he produces surreal and theatrical images that reflect the textures of modern society.

On four Mondays in July and August last summer, Ethridge photographed an assortment of discarded umbrellas at Rockaway Beach, New York. Positioned against the sun, shot from beneath, and cropped to the point of near abstraction, the umbrellas fill each image from edge to edge with vibrant color, their wedges of luminous fabric stretched against graphic metal frames. In one picture, a broad, rainbow-hued umbrella arches over a volleyball and an open pack of cigarettes, casting the objects in a stark and foreign light. The resulting still life seems highly contrived, blurring the line between realism and artifice.

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Roe Ethridge, Oslo Grace at Willets Point, 2019, dye sublimation print on aluminum.

In Conversation
Roe Ethridge and Antwaun Sargent

From his early work for magazines in the 1990s to recent projects with the designer Telfar Clemens, Roe Ethridge has consistently challenged the distinctions between commercial and conceptual photography that long defined the medium. Antwaun Sargent recently caught up with him to discuss the moment that confirmed the artist’s understanding of the photographic image’s potential for boundary-hopping ubiquity in the contemporary era.

Twelve Tracks: Roe Ethridge

Shortlist
Twelve Tracks: Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge shares the transportive powers of his playlist “Teenage Chemicals in 1985,” a soundtrack that began playing in those formative years and hasn’t stopped since.

Photograph of pink satin bow by Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge

During a conversation with David Rimanelli, Roe Ethridge reflected on photographs that he made during the late 1990s and early 2000s after moving to New York. They spoke as Ethridge was preparing for his exhibition Old Fruit.

The cover of the Spring 2020 edition of the Gagosian Quarterly magazine. A Cindy Sherman photograph of herself dressed as a clown against a rainbow background.

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.

Diana Widmaier-Picasso standing in front of a bookcase

Picasso and Maya: An Interview with Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated a presentation at Gagosian, Paris, to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at the end of 2019. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. In this video, Widmaier-Picasso details her ongoing interest in the subject and reflects on the process of making the book.

Self-Reflections: Roe Ethridge Innocence II

Self-Reflections: Roe Ethridge Innocence II

Angela Brown considers the wide-ranging photographs included in Roe Ethridge: Innocence II.