Salon 94 is pleased to present American Monuments, our fourth solo exhibition by David Benjamin Sherry.
A master of bold, sensual color, Sherry ventures deep into the American wilderness and reimagines the surfaces of nature. Forming a brilliant spectrum from glowing red to radiant yellow and lush turquoise, his photographs engage questions of territoriality, land-use, ownership and preservation. The evocative, jewel-toned views in American Monuments depict sites whose status as National Monuments have been reconsidered by the Trump administration to make way for coal, uranium, oil and other interests. The exhibition focuses on four distinct monuments that have been under review and, in certain cases, drastically reduced in size: Gold Butte in Nevada, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, and Cascade Siskiyou in Oregon. In juxtaposing revoked sites with those that still remain protected, Sherry sheds light on the widespread threat of privatization on public land to show what is safe today may not be safe tomorrow.
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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. Past group exhibitions include Ansel Adams In Our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Greater New York 2010, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Lost Line, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and, What Is A Photograph?, International Center for Photography, New York, NY. His work is in permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 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 RISD Museum, Providence, RI. 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. In 2018, Sherry was invited by Bridge Initiative as the visiting artist on an expedition examining human-wildlife conflict, habitat degradation and climate change in Alaska. A short film co-produced with the Alaska Whale Foundation can be viewed here.