Daniel Mirer: In The Finest Tradition, the men within the photographs occupying these architectural spaces become periodic in the display and pageantry of the uniform. These subjects become extensions of the space itself, lending a specific geometry to the finished image. The images are intended to be of male archetypes, exhibiting extremely masculine roll play or career choices, such as military men, cowboys, police, showing the pageantry of the uniform. The photographs are reconstituting identities through the uniform. These images succeed in their traditional codes of representation and the institutions that govern these codes of maleness and the uniform. These photographs represent a conscious desire to (re) inscribe the corporeal figure at the same time confronting the implicit system in representations of the male body. Throughout the series, there are boys pretending to be men and men who are really still boys at heart.
EDUCATION AND RESIDENCES, FELLOWSHIPS:
2002 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship / Grant in the category of Photography
1998 Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx , NY
1996-97 Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1992 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. Master of Fine Arts in Photography
1989 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
2009 In The Finest Tradition, Solo exhibition, Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2008 ArchitorSpace project, Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Architecturally Induced, from the ArchitorSpace project. GE Art Gallery, Fairfield CT.
2007 Photography in Berlin, Amadeus Art Berlin, Germany, group show, images of Germany
2006 Vanishing Point, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, Curated and Catalogue by Claudine Ise