Biography

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is a sculptor, photographer and experimental documentary filmmaker. His sculpture has from the beginning been made in conversation with the built world, through both an interest in the overlap between sculpture and architecture as well as through a notion of how sculpture, in an abstract form, can reference the world of functional objects. His recent sculpture is made up of discrete, free-standing sections that engage a viewer’s movement through a delineation of site.  His video work is closely related to the work he’s done in other media, particularly his photographic project, which intimately examines the individual in public space by isolating moments of psychological resonance within everyday experience. By carefully observing and often lingering on individuals, Noland’s video imagery explores the overlap between still and moving images, in effect extending the still image into a time-based medium. His soundscapes feature richly layered ambient sound and original music as well as collaborations with composers and musicians.

A Professor of Visual Art and Theater Studies at Duke University, he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture, a Fulbright Scholar Award in Photography, and Josiah Charles Trent Foundation Grants for both Photography and Video. From 1995-2004 he worked for DoubleTake, the highly esteemed quarterly magazine of writing and photography, first as an editorial advisor and subsequently as a contributing photographer.

Noland has mounted numerous exhibitions of sculpture and photography in New York and elsewhere, including twenty solo exhibitions. Since 2001, he has completed more than 20 video pieces, all of them experimental documentary works that don’t fall easily into the categories of either documentary or experimental film. His video work has screened in major international film and video venues, including the Grand Palais in Paris, France, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., The Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., The Athens International Film & Video Festival in Athens, Ohio, The Black Maria Film & Video Festival, and CineMarfa in Marfa, Texas.

Noland’s video design credits for theater include a 3-screen continuous video triptych for the world premiere staging of Don DeLillo’s  Mao II at Duke University in 2002; Safe House by Lydia Stryker at Burning Coal Theater Company in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2004; collaborative projections for Striding Toward Silence for former José Limón principal dancer Clay Taliaferro at Duke University’s main stage in 2007; The Beatification of Area Boy by Wole Soyinka at Duke University’s main stage in 2010; and Neil Bell’s Now You See Me at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, North Carolina in 2011.