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Dan Pillers

Exhibition: January 1 – February 1, 2020
Opening Reception: January 3, 6-8pm

Artist Statement: 

The notion of “Art as Artifact” has intrigued me for quite some time.

The impetus for my art varies with each piece. My inspiration comes from a variety of, random, seemly unrelated things.  It can be a play on words, a news article, or a pair of shoes left on a curb. Somehow these things speak to me. And once it happens I find I have three basic stages of creativity that follows. The first is the “conceptualization”, which often happens during my slumber. I dream my work, build it in my mind, and when I wake I sketch out rough rudimentary drawings and note possible materials. I have a pretty good sense of what it will look like before the actual production begins. Then I go into what I call my “hunter gather mode”. I search out elements for each piece. Mind you, I always have a stash of some cool bits and pieces already on hand.  Once I’ve gathered the raw materials the “construction” begins. While building one piece the concept for others often come to me and the process begins again.

The materials I use are, for the most part, recycled and salvaged goods… artifacts if you will. For me these elements add a heightened sense of history. They are familiar elements that when placed together create a beautiful object that’s approachable.  Etched glass and a purposeful use of text are subtle whispers that invite the viewer in closer to discover its deeper meaning.

I like the subtlety of the etched text and the shadow play it creates.

All of the 2019 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery

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