Daniel Mirer was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives and works in both in Leiden, the Netherlands and in new York City where he works as an artist/photographer and educator. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Mirer has participated in prestigious artist residency programs including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artists in the Marketplace, and the Regional Central American & Caribbean Contemporary Art Forum in Honduras. He also received the New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for photography. Mirer has taught photography for more than 12 years at higher education institutions in the United States, including Brooklyn College, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, Ramapo College in New Jersey and Ohio State University. In Europe, he was a visiting lecturer for three semesters at the Tampere Polytechnic School of Art & Media in Tampere, Finland, and he currently teaches photography at Webster University in Leiden, the Netherlands.
In one of his current bodies of work, ArchitorSpace, Mirer examines architecture and the portrait within locational spaces. The ArchitorSpace photographs focus on awareness of one’s experiences in open public environments that leave one open to the scrutiny of others. The photographed environments are transitional spaces, junctures between one space and another; indeterminate places designed without known intent that exist as zones of non-activity. These open spaces, are areas that are particularly banal and evoke a feeling of familiarity. They reveal no history, location, identity or specific functionality, yet they have become so common in post-industrial society.
Critical essays and publications by Daniel Mirer or that cite Mirer’s work include:
• Visualizing the City, by Alan R. Marcus and Dietrich Neumann 2010.
• Images reproduced in Fotograf Magazine, February/March 2008.
• “Six Notes on Vanishing,” Vanishing Point, Wexner Center for the Arts, Caludine Ise and Hal Foster 2006.
• “Everywhere’s the Same: Nowhere in Particular” Art Review ‘Vanishing Point, by Ken Johnson, The New York Times, June 3, 2005.
• Viajeros: North American Artist/Photographers’ images of Cuba, by Ricardo Viera and Margarita Aguilar, 2004 , Lehigh University.
• “The City Without Qualities: Photography, Cinema, and Post-Apocalyptic Ruin” Walead Beshty, Influence Magazine, December 2003.
• Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions, b Mike Budd, Max H. Kirsch, 2002.
• “ArchitorSpace Via Cuba,” Art Journal, Winter 2001. Images accompanied by Mirer’s essay recounting his experience documenting the disappearing architectural sites of old Havana
• “Wishing Rooms,” by Daniel Mirer, Art Journal, Spring 2000Why Asia? Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art, by Alice Yang, 1998.
• Exhibition catalogs from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, curated by Charlotta Kotik 2004; and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, (2001).
Photographs from ArchitorSpace were presented in various exhibitions, including:
• “Anthology,” Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach Florida, 2012 - A photographic exhibition essay on contemporary photography.
• "Vanishing Point" exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, 2006, curated and catalog essay by Claudine Ise.
• Viajeros: North American Artist/Photographers Working in Cuba", 2005, curated by Ricardo Viera. This was a three-year traveling exhibition and book project at the Lehigh University Art Galleries, Zoellner Arts Center.
• "Working in Brooklyn," Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2004
• "Stepping back, Moving Forward: Human Interaction in an Interactive Age" at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2002, curated by William Stover from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mirer’s artwork is part of museum and institution collections including: the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts; and Fidelity Investments in Boston.