David Benjamin Sherry
27 year old photographer David Benjamin Sherry likes to fuck with nature. For his first solo exhibition in Berlin earlier in the year, ‘Sensate Transcendency’, Sherry took a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, photographing the panoramic landscapes which he later manipulated in his studio. The resulting images are arresting, as we see a desert cliff transformed into the face of a devil or a view of Death Valley transformed into “an orgasmic tie-dye vagina hole”.
Sherry was born the youngest of four kids, in the wilds of Woodstock to hippie parents. When his parents split, his mother took up with a lesbian artist who introduced young Sherry to art. A fantastic art teacher went on to inspire him to apply to the Rhode Island School of Design. It was there that he “fully realized art history. The level of intensity there was so amazing. I would not sleep and I would just make art, and be really creative.”
A summer internship assisting David LaChapelle, aged 19 helped consolidate his ambition. “It was awesome. But I was the worst assistant ever because I’m a space cadet.” You can see traces of LaChapelle’s influence in the heavily saturated, staged images Sherry makes, brimful of emotion and tension. He moved to New York thereafter and met up with the endlessly chronicled Downtown set of designer Benjamin Cho and fellow artists, Ryan McGinley, Dash Snow and Dan Colen. He muses, “I was a bit lost when I first moved to New York. Wanting to make art, I got entered into this family of friends. So warm and loving and very community based.” -Dazed Digital, October 2008 (read more)