Sherry's photography reimagines grand landscapes of the American West with a queer sensibility. With the playful insertion of his own body and manipulations of color, he plays with visual landscapes of daunting scale.


Self-Portrait as Golden (Death Valley, CA)

18 x 23 1/4 in (image), 24 3/4 x 30 in (frame)
Ed. of 20
Courtesy of a private collection, image courtesy of Printed Matter


From the artist:

"One of my primary goals is to locate the voids I see within the history of photography and fill them, so to speak, with a queer read on landscape, for instance, or social documentary, or the photogram. And to mingle genres and degrees of abstraction and representationality reflects that queer reality of code-switching for survival—the having to be two (or more) people depending on your context. . . . Across many years of focusing on western landscape work, I often find myself in environmental or sociological situations that are dire, as if I can see America crumbling before my camera. The reality of our grim situation here on Earth consumes me." 

- Interview with William J. Simmonds, Aperture June 2017



b. 1981 Woodstock, New York
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

2007 MFA Photography, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT

2003 BFA Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Salon 94, New York, NY

2016 Fraenkel Gallery Lab, San Fransisco, CA, David Benjamin Sherry

2015 Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, CA, "Paradise Fire"

2015 Paris Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Danziger Gallery, New York City, "David Benjamin Sherry"

2014 Salon 94, New York City, "Climate Vortex Sutra"

2013 Ohwow, Los Angeles, CA, "Wonderful Land"

2012 ArtPace San Antonio, Texas, "Earth Changes"

2012 Salon 94 Freemans/Bowery, New York City, "Astral Desert"

2011 Ohwow Los Angeles, CA, "Form Forming Formation"

2010 Fireplace Projects, East Hampton, NY, "Always Now"

2009 Andre Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany, "Birth in Futureverse"

2008 Andre Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany, "Sensate Trancendency" 

2006 Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, "But take me to the haven of your bed was something that you never said"

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016 Fraenkel Gallery, Paris Photo, Paris, France

2016George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, "Photography and America’s National Parks" 

2016 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, "Overgrowth"

2015 University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, "Splitting Light"

2015 M+B, Los Angeles, CA, "Russian Doll"

2015 Salon 94, New York City, "Jungle"

2015 Ohwow, Los Angeles, CA, "Queer Fantasy"

2015 Massachusetts College Of Art And Design, MA, “Color Fields"

2015Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City, "Zabriskie Point”

2014 Fotofocus Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Western Romance"

2014 International Center for Photography, New York City, "What Is A Photograph?" 

2014 Xippas Gallery, Paris, France, "Me and Benjamin"

2014 365 Mission, Los Angeles, CA, "Another Cats Show"

2013 The Contemporary, Austin, TX, "The Anxiety of Photography"

2013 Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City, "Alchemical"

2013 LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, "Lost Line: Contemporary Art From The Collection" 

2013 Salon 94, New York, NY, "Show and Tell: Calder Jewelry and Mobiles"

2012 Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "Into The Mystic"

2012 White Columns, New York City, "Do Your Thing"

2012 Saatchi Gallery, London UK, "Out of Focus: Photography"

2011 The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas, "The Anxiety of Photography"

2011 Ohwow, Miami, FL, "It Ain't Fair 2011"

2011 Sotheby's, New York City, "These Days"

2011 Rachel Uffner, New York City, "Summer Whites"

2011 White Columns, New York City, "White Columns Benefit"

2011 Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, "The Anxiety of Photography"

2011 The Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia, "New York Minute" 

2011 White Columns, New York, NY, Looking Back/The White Columns Annual

2011 Valentina Bonomo Gallery, Rome, Italy, American Dream

2010 LAND, Flagler Memorial Island, Miami, FL, "The Island"

2010 Ohwow, Miami, FL, "It Ain't Fair 2010"

2010 Galerie Olivier Robert, Paris, France

2010 Reference Art Gallery, Richmond, VA, "Eli Manning"

2010 Skylight Projects, New York City, "Translation (Portraiture)"

2010 Joshua Tree, CA, "Artists Swapmeet"

2010 Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City, "Inspired"

2010 211 Elizabeth Street Gallery, New York City, "Worth"

2010 The Hole, New York City, "Not Quite Open for Business"

2010 MOMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, "Greater New York 2010"

2010 Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City, "A Word Like Tomorrow Wears Things Out"

2010 Philadelphia Photo Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2010 211 Elizabeth Street Gallery, New York City, "Objects that Love You Back"

2010 Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City, "Is A Rustling Petticoat Enough To Bring It Down To Earth?"

2009 Andrew Edlin Galery, New York City, "OoO"

2009 Ohwow, Miami FL, "It Aint Fair 2009"

2009 New York Photography Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Bellwether, New York City, "A Song For Those In Search Of What They Came With"

2008 Cohan and Leslie, New York City, "Photographic Works"

2008 Andre Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany, "Sonata for Executioner and Various Young Women"

2008 A.S.S. Gallery, New York City, "I want a little sugar in my bowl"

2008 Sloan Fine Art, New York City, "Love is a Cannibal"

2008 Goff +Rosenthal, Berlin, Germany, "The Dulcet Clime of the Bedchamber"

2008 Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, New York City, "Would you date me on the regular?"

2008 Chelsea Hotel Room 103 New York City, "Last night at the Chelsea"

2007 Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York City, "Fractured in Aspect"

2007 Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, "MFA Thesis exhibition"

2007 Joshua Tree, CA, "Artists Swap Meet for Ooga Booga LA"

2006 Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, "2nd year MFA exhibition"

2006 Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York City, "A Rabbit as King of Ghosts"

2006 China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA, "Smoke and Mirrors"

2006 High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA, "Artists Swap Meet"

2006 Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, "The Vienna Art Fair" 

2005 Green Hall Gallery, New Haven CT, "1st year MFA exhibition"

2005 Team Gallery, New York City, "5 X U"

2005 Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, "Red White and Blue"

2003 Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, "RISD Senior Invitational"

2003 Red Eye Gallery, Providence RI, Senior Show, "For a minute I lost myself"

Earth Changes, Mörel, London 2014

Quantum Light, Damiani Bologna IT 2012

The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum 2011

Mountains, Rizzoli NY 2011

Greater New York, MOMA PS1 2010

ITS TIME, 2009 Damiani Bologna IT

Residencies: ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas 2012

Honors and awards:
Rema Hort Foundation Visual Arts Grant

Public Collections
Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Charles Saatchi Collection, London, UK

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA