Portraits by John Raymond Mireles
September 11, 2017
John Raymond Mireles loves the idea of fences connecting people. He says:
“I put photos on the fences in neighborhoods. Fences keep people out, but these photos bring people in. The people in these photos, as they go about their daily lives, get to see themselves larger than life. They get to see themselves as heroes.”
Mireles photographs people up-close, full of character and larger-than-life. He travels from state to state for his "Neighbors" project capturing in his portraits the faces of America. In 2017, Mireles photographed people of Anchorage in neighborhoods throughout the city. His exhibition of 4-feet by 5-feet oversize prints of the Anchorage project are displayed in the second-floor Northern Narratives gallery, on the museum façade, and outdoors on fences in Anchorage neighborhoods (banner image: Mountain View installation 2017 in Anchorage).
For the museum, Neighbors is among the first of many collaborations the museum has planned between artists, designers and communities. Follow Mireles on his blog or watch a documentary of the “Neighbors” project.
Learn more about exhibitions and installations opening Sept. 15
Alaska exhibition and Art of the North galleries; Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline; Ephemeral State by Lead Pencil Studio; Points of View: Perseverance by Sonya Kelliher-Combs; Neighbors: Portraits by J. Raymond Mireles; Murmur by John Grade; and Sun Boxes by Craig Colorusso