LE LUXE / SECOND EDITION
SEPTEMBER, 2012 | 206 pages | 250 x 285 mm | 200 colour plates | Embossed Hardcover Second Edition
American artist Roe Ethridge's latest book takes its title from the French "C'est pas du luxe", an ironic phrase which alludes to the superfluous nature of luxury whilst proclaiming how essential it is to existence. Such paradoxes are fluently woven through Ethridge's oeuvre and Le Luxe encompasses his practice from the past decade, without ever slipping into the moribund gravitas of a retrospective. Plumbing his diverse image inventories, from personal images and magazine commissions to an archive of online screen shots, the book continues his exploration of picture-making that disavows the potential for creating a finished work. Ethridge para-phrases Eggleston when he states that he is "at war with the finished" in an era of digital photography straining towards idealization. The pristine conditions of photography are undermined in the book's design and riff on Henri Matisse's apposite aphorism "exactitude is not truth" (Matisse titled two of his paintings Le Luxe).
アメリカ人アーティストRoe Ethridgeによる作品集。個人的に捉えたイメージから雑誌のあるイメージ、オンライン上のスクリーンショットなど様々なイメージを現在・過去の関連も無い、自由自在な独自の編集が施されている。本作のタイトルはフランス語で "C'est pas du luxe"（= やり過ぎではない）を意味する。