Kate Schermerhorn was born in 1966 and raised in Malibu, California where she began taking photographs at age six. She studied with Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College and graduated in 1989. She has traveled extensively, having lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Florence, and London. However, her work displays distinct West-Coast elements. Schermerhorn incorporates imagery from the entertainment world and desert wildlife, all while playing with the boundaries between real and fantasy. In her photographs, a naturalistic rock is actually a stereo speaker, and an artificial cactus sits on the sand of a real desert.
Her work is the result of critical observation of our contemporary American culture. Her first book, America’s Idea of a Good Time, investigates through a camera lens why we play bingo, hit golf balls, stack Oreo cookies, bungee jump and the like. She is working on a second book that will examine the idiosyncrasies particular to Los Angeles.
Fifty One Fine Art Photography includes Schermerhorn’s work in their current exhibition USA squared, along with the work of Peter Granser. The exhibition captures the stereotypes and absurdities that characterize American life and popular culture. There remains a subtle sense of humor throughout the exhibition, which will be at Fifty One until May 3rd.