Daniel Mirer 2

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Work1 Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Hösseringen, DE Year: 2015 Materials: Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print Dimensions: H 20 W 24 D 2 Work2 Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland, The Externsteine, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE Year: 2015 Materials: Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print Dimensions: H 20 W 24 D 2 Work3 Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bad Segeberg DE Year: 2015 Materials: Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print Dimensions: H 20 W 24 D 2 Work4 Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE Year: 2015 Materials: Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print Dimensions: H 20 W 24 D 2 Work5 Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE Year: 2015 Materials: Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print Dimensions: H 20 W 24 D 2

Statement:

Title: Thingstätten in Deutschland
Digital Gorilla Glass Photograph Print

Thingstätten (Thing cult) is a term used to define open-air Nazi cult theaters built between the years of 1933-1945 for the specific intention of rallying and entertaining local communities. The staged productions were designed to propagandize an idealistic reinterpretation of Germanic history and used as a recruitment setting for the National Socialist Party.

The Thingsteads used impressive architecture and scenic places whose locations were selected by the notion of historic idyllic Germanic surroundings.  The fascist government developed these locations to portray a tribal past that was built in isolated natural landscapes such as wooded areas, near bodies of waters, nestled in hills or unique rock formations as well near traces of historical Germanic ruins.

The photographic & video research project documents the Thingstätten locations in Poland and Germany which I use to explore my interest in mythical topographies of architectural space.  These architectural portraits are places of lost memories that illustrate a primary function of the still photographic image, to record. The photographs represent an ideal within a cultural influence where romantic constructions of landscape design and architecture are created for the idyllic and where the interpretation of power or influence in political ideologies are shown as indented propaganda tools through architectural idealism.

Through my photography I am documenting how architectural idealism and the interpretation of power and influence in political ideology are projected as propaganda. Using visual and conceptual traditions, the photographs depict sites that are familiar; picturesque landscapes that depict a lost history deprived of its intention or purpose.  The Thingstätten locations are all but abandon, forgotten, or have been repurposed for contemporary use.

Resume:

EDUCATION:
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.  Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS (*SOLO SHOWS MARKED BY ASTERISK)

2015
* Thingstätten in Deutschland, Photography and Video Installation: Mark A. Chapman Gallery

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
*Indifferent West, from the Indifferent West series project, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Human Condition, Westbeth Gallery, New York, New York. Curator: Diana Jensen

2014
*ArchitorSpace, from the ArchitorSpace project, Photography and Video Installation: Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Pattern and Rhythm through the Lens, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Long Island, NY

2012
Anthology, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State Collage, Daytona Beach, Florida
*ArchitorSpace, from the ArchitorSpace series project, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010
Lightness, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York Press-release: http://www3.fitnyc.edu/lightness/artists.html

2009
*In the Finest Tradition, Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Architectonic, Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas, (CADD) Art Lab, Dallas, Texas

2008
*ArchitorSpace, from the ArchitorSpace project, Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas, Texas
*Architecturally Induced, from the ArchitorSpace project, GE Art Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Curator: Glenn Macura
*ArchitorSpace, from the ArchitorSpace project,
Point of View Art Gallery, New York, New York

2007
Photography in Berlin, images of Germany, Amadeus Art Berlin Gallery, Germany

2005
New Found Land, Priska Juschka Fine Art Gallery, New York, New York. Curator: Yaelle Amir
Viajeros: North American Artist/Photographers Working in Cuba, Lehigh University Art Galleries

2004
Market Value, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, New York.

Place: Brooklyn, NY

Contact: mirer.daniel@gmail.com

Website: http://www.danielmirer.com