Hanging with the ‘Neighbors’ at First Street Green Art Park
Dozens of life-sized portraits are now on display along the southern perimeter of First Park (aka First Street Green). The close-up shots together comprise an exhibit by photographer John Raymond Mireles called “Neighbors.”
“Neighbors” has been a three-year artistic quest for Mireles, who traveled all fifty states (plus Tijuana) and publicly exhibited from his 3,000+ trove of photos. The installation along East Houston Street includes 86 portraits, and spans the 300-foot section of fence between Eldridge and Second Avenue.
Below is the description from the onsite placard:
Over the past three years, artist John Raymond Mireles has worked to unite Amercians across their geographic, racial, political, cultrual and other differences by photographing individuals from all 50 US states and publicly exhibiting their portraits. Mireles connects with his subjects up close and enlarges the resulting portraits to larger-than-life scale in iorder to encourage viewers to intimately relate to and empathize with their fellow residents of the United States of America.
This exhibition contains 86 portraits of individuals from all 50 US states plus Washington D.C. Included also are several portraits taken in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City where Mireles lives and works.