Noritaka Minami, “Maverick Concert Hall #26″, 2014. Face mounted to reflective plexi-glass (diptych), 40×60”
This series of diptychs were shot at the Maverick Concert Hall (1916), a historic structure in Woodstock, New York conceived in 1916 by the utopian community-builder Hervey White. This rustic building in the forest is a unique space in which the interior of the hall interacts with the natural environment that surrounds it. Two large format cameras were positioned on an elevated platform directly across the large glass curtain that adorns the northern side of the building. This project explores the ways in which this distinct feature of this structure leads to the structure of the photographic image itself, in terms of the composition and the information visible through the presence of light.
Noritaka Minami is an artist based in Chicago. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 where he studied Art Practice and Asian American Studies. In 2011, he completed a M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine with an emphasis in the Visual Studies Program. Minami is interested in using the medium of photography as a means of investigating history and memory of sites. Minami has taught photography at Harvard University, Wellesley College, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago.
Noritaka Minami was a CPW Artist-in-Residence in 2014.