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ECHOES, MEMORIES, DREAMS
Michael Dan Archer’s sculptures evoke historic structures, archaeology and an enigmatic atmosphere of the remote past. His chosen materials - stone and iron - have a massive physical presence which he often juxtaposes with the transient quality of neon light and suggestions of ancient text. The rich surface qualities of his sculptures are further enhanced by their fragmentary nature, invoking the mysterious qualities of damaged or ruined architecture. In the current series - Echoes, Memories, Dreams - dreamscapes, distant worlds, un/reality and the unconscious are suggested through fragmented texts and architectural forms referencing portals and stelae. The core of this exhibition is formed by a new cycle of work strongly influenced by archaeology and the artist’s travels and contact with many different cultures across the world. His recent interest in mud brick and clay technology developed during contacts with archaeologists exploring the famous Neolithic excavations at Catalhoyuk in Turkey. This interest was further developed with help from the experimental department of the Ibstock Brick Company who gave Archer access to the facilities and materials at their Leicestershire works where he has developed new means of making his sculptures in materials such as unfired clay.