Sherrick & Paul New Exhibit
OPENING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 6-8pm: BRYAN SCHUTMAAT
Sherrick and Paul Gallery is pleased to present a selection of 23 works by American photographer Bryan Schutmaat from the collection Grays the Mountain Sends, opening with a special reception September 10th from 6-8pm and running through October 31st.
From 2010-2012, Schutmaat traveled extensively through the small towns and mining landscapes of the western US, particularly those of the Rocky Mountains, photographing their inhabitants, the geography, and the interactions between the two—an aesthetic reverberation that makes Grays the Mountain Sends so uniquely striking.
Poetically rather than politically driven, the images are less a documentary series than a narrative one: once the epitome of Manifest Destiny and the promise of wealth in westward expansion, the regions Schutmaat turns his lens on have, like mining communities at large, continued to exist marginally and by the skin of their teeth, in the face of decades-long depression and decline. Lonely roads and stark, stripped rock faces share unmistakable similarities in texture and tone with the human faces alongside them, yet both are often infused with the same soft, glowing light that defined the iconic popular imagery (and the legend itself) of the mining world in its heyday. Schutmaat has described the portraits and landscapes he chose to juxtapose for Grays the Mountain Sends as “different pieces of the same puzzle,” adding that “using the camera to show aesthetic commonality between people and place suggests an emotional commonality as well.”
Published as a monograph in 2013, Grays the Mountain Sends received critical acclaim and was acquired by the libraries at MoMA and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Schutmaat was awarded the Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2013 and in 2014 was selected to shoot the cover of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year issue and was selected as one of PDN’s 30 New Photographers to Watch. Works from his inaugural exhibit at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in 2014, which received coverage in the New Yorker, Collector Daily, and the Wall Street Journal, were acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern art and the Hood Museum of Modern Art. His work is also included in the permanent collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Raised outside Houston, he is currently based in Austin, Texas.