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Roe Ethridge

American Polychronic

January 13–February 25, 2023
976 Madison Avenue, 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

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, Polychronic for the times of your life, 2022 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 50 × 33 inches (127 × 83.8 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Polychronic for the times of your life, 2022

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 50 × 33 inches (127 × 83.8 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Kodak Raft with Smoke, 2022 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 33 × 50 inches (83.8 × 127 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Kodak Raft with Smoke, 2022

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 33 × 50 inches (83.8 × 127 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Story of my life up to now or Red Tray with Mushroom Clock, 2022 Dye sublimation print on Dibond, 48 × 72 inches (121.9 × 182.9 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Story of my life up to now or Red Tray with Mushroom Clock, 2022

Dye sublimation print on Dibond, 48 × 72 inches (121.9 × 182.9 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

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

Roe Ethridge, Bent Sunflower in School Garden 2, 2020

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

Roe Ethridge, Skull with Slime Eyes in a Glass Bowl, 2020 Dye sublimation print on Dibond, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Skull with Slime Eyes in a Glass Bowl, 2020

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

Roe Ethridge, Souvenir Atlanta Baseball, 2020 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 44 × 33 inches (111.8 × 83.8 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Souvenir Atlanta Baseball, 2020

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 44 × 33 inches (111.8 × 83.8 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Chanel with Tulips and Tennis Balls, 2013–22 Dye sublimation print on Dibond, 40 × 53 ⅜ inches (101.6 × 135.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Chanel with Tulips and Tennis Balls, 2013–22

Dye sublimation print on Dibond, 40 × 53 ⅜ inches (101.6 × 135.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, FvK Double Trouble, 2022 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 50 ¾ × 40 inches (128.9 × 101.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, FvK Double Trouble, 2022

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 50 ¾ × 40 inches (128.9 × 101.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Just about McFucking had it, 2020–22 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 34 × 30 inches (86.4 × 76.2 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Just about McFucking had it, 2020–22

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 34 × 30 inches (86.4 × 76.2 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Kodak Kodak and Tulips, 2022 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 54 × 40 ½ inches (137.2 × 102.9 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Kodak Kodak and Tulips, 2022

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 54 × 40 ½ inches (137.2 × 102.9 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Lara Stone with Fuji Pool Float on a Refrigerator, 2022 Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 56 × 40 inches (142.2 × 101.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Lara Stone with Fuji Pool Float on a Refrigerator, 2022

Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 56 × 40 inches (142.2 × 101.6 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Spilled Milk, 2022 ​Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 34 × 30 inches (86.4 × 76.2 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Roe Ethridge​

Roe Ethridge, Spilled Milk, 2022

​Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 34 × 30 inches (86.4 × 76.2 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Roe Ethridge​

About

Photography is like jujitsu. You’re taking whatever is coming at you, and doing something with it.
—Roe Ethridge

Gagosian is pleased to announce American Polychronic, an exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge that shares its title with the recently published first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work from 1999 to 2022. Another exhibition of new work by the artist, also titled American Polychronic, is concurrently on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery from January 13 to February 18, 2023.

Moving within and between photographic genres, from art historically informed portraiture and still-life composition to the styled and coded world of the fashion shoot and the bottomless well of stock and online imagery, Ethridge juxtaposes staged scenes with chanced-upon vignettes, pursuing a formal language that trades in visual friction and the wry transgression of structural rules. His ever-expanding catalogue of hybrid images reflects the textures of contemporary American society, expanding on a formal sensibility peculiar to the “generic Methodist, Southern, middle-class world” in which he grew up.

Polychronic essentially means to do more than one thing at a time,” Ethridge explains of the exhibition’s title. “It’s also a way to describe a cultural notion of time. In the moment, it feels like we are all polychronic by choice or by necessity.” Thus, the term connotes the influence of overlapping contexts on the unfolding of events across a multiverse of images. In Ethridge’s new monograph, images produced for exhibition over the course of twenty-four years are arranged from oldest to most recent, while commercial and editorial photographs appear in the opposite order. The much more focused selection of works on view in the exhibition makes use of the New York gallery space to highlight resonances between the images; in its restrained design, the installation forms an effective counterpoint to the densely packed feel of the book.

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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-Ruiz-Picasso standing in front of a bookcase

Picasso and Maya: An Interview with Diana Widmaier-Ruiz-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Ruiz-Picasso curated an exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, in 2017–18 titled Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter. To celebrate the exhibition, a publication was published in 2019; the 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-Ruiz-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.