|Andrew Kreps Gallery presents American Spirit, an exhibition of new work by Roe Ethridge on view until April 8th, 2017. Employing photographic tropes that span from still lives to portraiture, Ethridge blurs the lines between the two, creating images that are simultaneously generic and intimate, often treading between humor and cynicism. These motivations coalesce into an ongoing investigation into the mechanics of photographs, and their ability to both retreat into the personal, and expand to relay collective experiences. This permeates through the works in American Spirit, which function as a mirror of our contemporary moment. The shared irony in these works inform the exhibition, and become touch points for an attempt to capture a national essence with conflicting feelings of normalcy, nostalgia, dissonance, hope and desire.
“AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE MECHANICS OF
PHOTOGRAPHS, AND THEIR ABILITY TO BOTH RETREAT INTO THE PERSONAL,
AND EXPAND TO RELAY COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCES.”