Coinciding with Roe Ethridge’s first solo museum exhibition in North America, Neighbors presents more than 15 years of the American artist’s photographs, which typically and wryly collapse distinctions between commercial, conceptual and personal uses of photography. Divided into three “chapters”, the central section spans the American photographer’s entire oeuvre, from his early self-published projects to his most recent work, bookended by two almost inscrutable series in his signature deadpan style: family snapshots of grey, rural beach scenes, and images of farm animals – turkey, pigs, goats – to conclude. Rendering the mundane peculiar, hilarious even, Neighbors haphazardly traces the evolution of Ethridge’s attempt to bombard his viewers with a heady mixture of imagery, subverting the stylistic tropes of each genre as it relishes in the oddities of image-making and viewing. Included in the book is an essay by Kevin Moore, the curator of Ethridge’s mid-career survey Roe Ethridge: Nearest Neighbor, which leads the 2016 FotoFocus Biennial at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The title of the exhibition refers to the photographic term “nearest neighbor”, a type of sampling used when resizing a digital image.
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