Daniel Mirer is an artist / photographer born in Brooklyn New York City currently living in both the United States and the Netherlands. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Pratt Institute and his Masters of Fine Art in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Mirer has participated in prestigious emerging artist programs including: the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Artists in the Marketplace. In 2002, Mirer received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for photography.
In creating his artwork Daniel Mirer travels to major cities across the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras and the Netherlands. He is a frequent artist in residence, lecturer and teacher at institutions including, Regional Central American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Forum in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Tampere Polytechnic School of Art and Media in Tampere, Finland. His other teaching appointments include Ohio State University, Pratt Institute, Ramapo College and professor of photography at (FIT) Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Teaching Digital Camera, Digital Photography (Photoshop), Photo Color Theory, Interior Design Photography and Senior Research Design to photography majors.
His two current body of work, ArchitorSpace & In The Finest Tradition series, examines architecture and its interior spaces. The ArchitorSpace photographs are examples of the uneasiness one experiences in enclosed public environments. These environments are transitional spaces, junctures between rooms and corridors; indeterminate places designed without a determined use, spaces that exist as zones of non-activity, thus leaving one open to the scrutiny of others. The hallways and corridors are areas that are particularly banal and evoke a feeling of familiarity. These sites within the images architecturally reveal no history, identity or specific functionality, yet have become so common in post-industrial society. In the series Titled “In The Finest Tradition”, the photographs applies the structural principles of his architectural images to portraiture. The subjects become extensions of the architectural space itself, lending a specific geometry and discourse of social spaces in architecture. The images reconstruct male archetypes and masculine role-play, displaying the pageantry of the uniform. The photographs are reconstituting identities through the uniform. These images examine traditional codes of representation of uniform, and their institutions that govern them.
Critical essays that cite and reproduced Daniel Mirer’s artwork include: “Visualizing the City” by Alan R. Marcus & Dietrich Neumann; A portfolio of ten images reproduced in Fotograf Magazine of photography and visual culture from the Czech Republic. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, “Fresh Air: ACSA,” Philadelphia, PA, ”article by Judith Bing and Cathrine Veikos. Identity; Trademark, Logotypes and symbol, Writings by Lena Holger, Ingalill Holmberg Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts, Exhibition catalogue Stockholm 21.02-11.08 p. 270. “Six Notes on Vanishing” Wexner Center for the Arts, by Hal Foster; “Ft Ground. The Completist” Word Press. “Viajeros: North American Artist/Photographers Working in Cuba" Lehigh University, by Ricardo Viera. Six images had been reproduced in Influence Magazine, “The City Without Qualities: Photography, Cinema, and Post-Apocalyptic Ruin” by Walead Beshty; “Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions” By Mike Budd, Max H. Kirsch.
Select images appeared from the photographic series “ArchitorSpace” were published in CAA’s Art Journal, titled “Wishing Rooms”. Fifteen images from ArchitorSpace titled “ArchitorSpace, Via Cuba” were published in the winter issue of Art Journal accompanied by Mirer’s essay recounting his experience documenting the disappearing architectural sites of old Havana. “Why Asia?” Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art by Alice Yang. Daniel Mirer’s work was also included in exhibition catalogs from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Curated by Chariotta Kotik, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Daniel Mirer's is currently represented by Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Daniel Mirer’s artwork is part of Museum and Institution collections; Special Collections of the Library of University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands, Southeast Museum of Photography, Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, Fidelity Investments and Ohio State University.