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K-State Today

February 12, 2016

Visiting artist Daniel Mirer photography exhibition and lecture

Submitted by Heather Bayless

"Pink Wall" by visiting artist Daniel Mirer

The Kansas State University art department will present the exhibition "ArchitorSpace_Vacancy" by artist Daniel Mirer, Feb. 15–26, in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall. In addition, the artist will give the lecture "ArchitorSpace–Works in Conceptual Practice" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in 114 Willard Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Mirer is an artist/photographer who lives and works in New York. He is both a practicing artist and a commercial architecture photographer with over 25 years of experience. His work is represented by Gallery Vassy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His ongoing body of work "Architor Space" reconstructs masculine identity and role play, displaying the pageantry of the uniform in combination with architectural locations. These images examine traditional codes of representation of the uniform, and the institutions that govern them.

Mirer is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and holds an Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum and many more. In his commercial work, he has photographed building exterior and interiors for the headquarters and offices of many companies such as Readers Digest, Rachael Ray Space for Tuller McNealus Feld, WGSN fashion magazine, the Sheldon Museum of Art, TD Bank New York and many more. Mirer has taught at the Pratt Institute New York, FIT New York and the Tampere Polytechnic School of Art and media in Tampere, Finland.

The lecture is presented and funded by the Student Governing Association's Fine Arts privilege fee. This event is a part of the art department's Visiting Artists Series for 2015-2016.

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery, on the first floor of Willard Hall, opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to more than 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The art department hosts Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.