Roe Ethridge’s Sanctuary Goes On Display At Gagosian

February 7, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (7-February-2019): Gagosian at its Hong Kong venue is showcasing “Sanctuary,” an exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge.

On view through March 9, 2019, the exhibition includes photographs that were taken at a cleaning facility in Brooklyn, New York, across the street from a photo studio where Ethridge often shoots for commissioned projects.

“In this exhibition, Ethridge moves between work and home, city and country, labor and leisure, switching codes as he goes. The images interrupt each other, like fragments of different stories coming together to form a single, ludic narrative,” states the press communique.

The self-portrait from 2017 shows Ethridge’s face, covered in sunblock, peering over his cellphone into a mirror. Then, his face appears again on the torso of model Maryel Sousa — as if her leotard has accidentally reflected the man behind the camera.

“Images of workers in their uniforms and the six-part work ‘Suds and Rugs at Megerian Rug Cleaners’ (2018), which shows paintlike smears of soap over saturated carpets, contrast with photographs that were taken on the very same block, including a portrait of actor Lakeith Stanfield in a coiffed auburn wig,” says the gallery.

Roe Ethridge’s Sanctuary Goes On Display At Gagosian

Placing the staged and the real on the same plane, the artist makes it difficult to determine which photographs are sincere, and whether notions of sincerity or truth are relevant at all.

According to the gallery, like Ethridge’s photographs, the significance of the word “sanctuary” shifts drastically depending on its context, be it immigration debates, religious sites, or ecological preserves.

Roe Ethridge was born in 1969 in Miami and lives and works in New York. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Tate, London; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium.

Recent exhibitions include “Momentum 4: Roe Ethridge,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2005); the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2012, traveled to M-Museum Leuven, Belgium); and “Nearest Neighbor,” the 3rd FotoFocus Biennial, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2016).