First included in the Aperture Magazine Collector’s Series edition, David Benjamin Sherry’s Time Past and Time Future, Utah, 2014 is now available in a limited quantity as a single print offering from the last remaining sets. This work first appeared in Aperture 218: “Queer,” and the series was later featured in and on the cover of Aperture 234: “Earth” in 2019.
Sherry, a Los Angeles-based photographer, has garnered significant acclaim for his vibrantly colored (analogue darkroom) images of the American West that often reference canonical figures of modern American photography, from Minor White to Edward Weston. Of Sherry’s work, curator Kevin Moore observes: “Rather than thinking of Sherry’s photographs as a queering…of a Western landscape tradition…it might be more insightful to point out that photography—straight or otherwise—has always made the world queer, abstracting and two-dimensionalizing everything it records.” Time Past and Time Future, Utah, 2014, a recent image from Sherry’s ongoing project, borrows its name from a T.S. Eliot poem and was made in a remote location at the height of an intense summer heat wave. “It felt otherworldly, secluded, and deeply sexual,” Sherry remarks about the location, bringing together the central themes that underpin his work—landscape, sexuality, and the specter of environmental collapse.
David Benjamin Sherry (b. 1981, Stony Brook, NY) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, and his MFA from Yale University in 2007. His work is in permanent collections at the The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, OH; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Saatchi Collection, London, UK; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Earth Changes, a catalogue of Sherry’s landscape work, with an essay by LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, was published in 2015 by Mörel Books, London. Radius Books published Sherry’s monograph American Monuments in 2019, with essays by environmentalists and activists Terry Tempest Williams and Bill McKibben. The series was also featured in a cover story by Aperture Magazine in Spring 2019 (Aperture #234: “Earth”). His work was also featured in Aperture #228: “Queer.” Sherry will be joining Yale’s MFA faculty this coming fall 2020 as visiting critic.