The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
In 2014 the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach exhibited the work of Noh mask maker Bidou Yamaguchi in a show titled: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi. The show was curated by Dr. Kendall H. Brown and four of his graduate students at CSULB.
The masks have a remarkable ability to change expression when they are viewed from different angles. Even with the masks separated from the viewer behind Plexiglas they maintain a commanding energy. Dr. Brown expressed an interest in having interpretive photographs of the masks taken as a way to extend beyond the usual photographic copy of an artwork. The images here are the result of Dr. Brown's request.
I was given access to the museum one morning and allowed to bring in lights and my 4x5 camera. The only restrictions the UAM had me agree to were that I could not touch or move the masks, nor could the Plexiglas be removed.