Approved: 16.08.2006

Michael Dan Archer

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Dan Archer's sculptures primarily invoke the physicality of materials and explores their relationship to architecture, humanity and landscape.
Many of his recent works have been large scale public commissions ranging from 8.5 metre high granite obelisks to wall mounted neon forms. His most extensive work, completed in 2008, was a sculpture dedicated to seafarers. This comprised an installation of

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Biography

Dan Archer's sculptures primarily invoke the physicality of materials and explores their relationship to architecture, humanity and landscape. Many of his recent works have been large scale public commissions ranging from 8.5 metre high granite obelisks to wall mounted neon forms. His most extensive work, completed in 2008, was a sculpture dedicated to seafarers. This comprised an installation of 108 granite pillars with the profile of a wave, sited on a mound beside the Bristol Channel in Portishead. In his public art works, Dan utilises materials of very high quality such as granites, stainless steel and LED light, all of which are very resilient in public sites and require little or no maintenance. He is also currently developing works exploring new and sustainable technologies. His recent work, Dream Towers, made at the Palmer Biennial at Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia in February 2010, was the culmination of a number of years research and development of both the sustainable technology of unfired brick and also of solar powered computerised sound collection and replay, in the component of the work which comprised the narration of dreams by a wide range of people from Turkish archaeological assistants at the Catalhoyuk Neolithic site in Anatolia to teenagers at a shelter in the UK. Dan has exhibited widely in Britain including solo exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Djanogly Gallery in the University of Nottingham. He has also exhibited and made works at sculpture symposiums in Japan, S.Korea, Sardinia, Sweden, Germany, Dubai, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy and Australia. Recently Dan has completed a large works at the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Pune in India and for the 2010 Palmer Biennial exhibition in Australia.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - Fellow (FRBS), Royal British Society of Sculptors, London Solo exhibitions 2010 - Material: Immaterial, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London 2005 - Echoes, Memories, Dreams, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham 2002 - Michael Dan Archer, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln 2001 - Distant Cities, CBAT, Cardiff 2001 - Distant Cities, The Point, Doncaster 2000 - Passing Through, New Gallery, University of Hertfordshire 1999 - Artists Books, National Library of Scotland / National Library of Wales / University Library Cambridge 1999 - First Light, Atrium Gallery, London 1998 - Churchill College, Cambridge 1998 - Drawings, Gerlesborg Sscholan, Sweden 1993 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Group exhibitions 2010 - Palmer Biennial, Palmer Biennial, Adelaide, Austrailia 2009 - A Celebration of British Sculpture, University of Leicester, Leicester 2007 - Summer Show, The Hart Gallery, Nottingham 2006 - 18@108 , Royal British Society of Sculptors, London 2005 - Stone, Canary Wharf, London 2004 - Dunston Pillar Neon and Sound Installation, The Beacon Project, Lincolnshire 2003 - Group Show, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax 2001 - Sculpture on the Green, Norwich Castle Museum 2000 - Encounters, Shariah Art Museum, Dubai 2000 - In Site, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham 2000 - Oggelshausen International Sculpture Symposium, Germany 1999 - Breaking the Mould, Museum of Medallic Art, Poland 1999 - Durbach International Sculpture Symposium, Germany 1998 - The Stone Show, Wembley Arena, London 1996 - Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge Residencies 2006 - Artist in Residence, Catalhoyuk Neolithic Excavations, Turkey 2005 - Artist Residency, St Peter and St Pauls School, Lincoln 1998 - Bohuslans Stone Stipendiat, KKVB, Sweden 1993 - Henry Moore Fellowship, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Public commissions 2008 - Full Fathom Five, North Somerset Council, Persimmon Homes, Portishead 2008 - Ouseburn Tidal Barrage, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle 2007 - Untitled - Granite and Cast Iron Sculpture , North East Derbyshire District Council Offices, Chesterfield 2007 - Untitled - Granite seating sculpure, Derby City Council, Derby 2006 - Dunston Neon Beacon, The Hub, Sleaford 2003 - Between Two Worlds , Lincoln Cathedral (Purchased by The Heslam Trust), Lincoln 2002 - Atlantic Echo, Cardiff Bay (commissioned by CBAT), Cardiff 2002 - Fire and Iron, Woodmere Country Park, Miller Homes, Chesterfield 2002 - Transpose, B&Q, Sutton 2000 - Broken Disk, Castlemilk , Glasgow 1999 - Cardiff Obelisk, Cardiff Bay, Barrat Homes, Cardiff Corporate commissions 2009 - Distant (Marble Sculpture), Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pune, India 2005 - 34 - Granite obelisk and seating sculpture, Novartis Pharmceuticals, Grimsby 2004 - Malad, Barj, Emaar International, Dubai 2003 - Gog a Magog, DEFRA Government Offices / Kajima Ltd, Cambridge 2003 - Untited - Marble and Light Projection, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham 2002 - The Dream, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 2000 - Transition, Ashridge Management College, Ashridge, Hertfordshire Other 2009 - Symposium at Skulpturen Rheinland-Pfalz, Kaiserslautern, Germany 2008 - Barrossa Valley International Sculpture Symposium , Barrossa Valley, Australia 2007 - Lana Art Sculpture Symposium, Lana Sculpture Trail, Italy 2006 - Dikili International Sculpture Symposium, Izmir, Turkey 2004 - Emaar International Sculpture Symposium, Dubai, Dubai 2004 - Horice International Sculpture Symposium, Horice, Czech Republic 2000 - Oggleshausen Sculpture Symposium, Oggleshausen, Germany