David Benjamin Sherry’s work maneuvers freely through photography’s historical genres of landscape, self-portraiture, and still life. The exhibition at FraenkelLAB is comprised of work in all three genres and draws from four distinct bodies of work: Paradise Fire, Climate Vortex Sutra, Wonderful Land, Earth Changes, and Birth in the Futureverse. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 7, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
In an era of ubiquitous digital manipulation, David Benjamin Sherry is a dedicated analog photographer pushing color photography into new territory. Sherry works with a large-format 8×10-inch or 4×5-inch camera, and many of the artist’s photographs depict iconic landscapes of the West, made in national parks such as Zion Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, and Point Reyes National Seashore. These landscape photographs embody the artist’s psychological reactions to the natural world, which Sherry views as under threat of ecological collapse. Similarly, the film technology used by the artist could be considered an endangered medium now facing obsolescence.
Although his choice of camera and subject matter may initially call to mind photographers such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Minor White, Sherry’s unorthodox approach to the medium challenges the tradition of the straight male gaze. His printing methods make use of color filters that create intense monochromatic hues, resulting in emotive images filled with saturated reds, pinks, greens, and blues, “queering” historical genres and accepted formats of photography.