Marshall Gallery presents new exhibition of prints by Texas-based photographer Bryan Schutmaat. River Sun marks Schutmaat’s first solo exhibition in California and his first collaboration with the gallery.
Primarily comprised of Schutmaat’s portfolios made across central Texas: County Road and Good Goddamn, along with prints from Vessels and the award-winning Grays the Mountain Sends, the exhibition celebrates the artist’s uniquely honest and poetic visual stories from the American West. The installation occupies both exhibition spaces while the gallery’s library again functions as an ancillary space for generational dialogue with vintage prints on view by Robert Adams, Aaron Siskind, John Szarkowski, Walker Evans and Lawrence McFarland.
As the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2020), an Aaron Siskind Fellowship, and the Aperture Portfolio Prize, Bryan Schutmaat (b. 1983) is regarded as one of America’s preeminent photographers working today. Through his projects ranging from contemporary documentary, narrative and formal portraiture, a consistently powerful yet delicately rendered aesthetic persists. A majority of his photographs are executed with the patient approach of large-format, analog film resulting in both an intense clarity and a timeless, nuanced study of his subjects.
The main gallery hosts a curated installation of forty-five prints merging two recent portfolios of black and white work as well as a selection of additional new works made across central Texas over the past five years. While the geographic origin is the element anchoring the two projects, their mutually pensive and humble views of the artist’s home territories graphically unite the presentation.
Bryan Schutmaat : River Sun
Until February 4th, 2023
at Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. #A6
Santa Monica, CA 90404