Noritaka Minami, WOODSTOCK A-I-R 2014 (detail)

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 Boston and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 where he studied Art Practice and Asian American Studies.  In 2011, he completed a MFA in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine with an emphasis in the Visual Studies Program.  Minami has taught photography at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.  He currently works as a Teaching Assistant in Photography at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and is a Visiting Faculty Member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A monograph of his photographs titled 1972 is forthcoming in 2015, and includes texts by Ken Yoshida and Julian Rose.



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