Biography & Artist Statement
Dan Pillers creates large “sculptural assemblage” using 90% salvaged and repurposed materials. He refers to his work as a “visual memoir”. By blending hand-crafted and found objects with etched glass and text he creates, an “artifact”, a remnant of things gone by.
Dan’s work consists of complex sculptures that play off one another and together form a continuing dialog. His reliance on recycled materials and architectural salvage adds a heightened sense of history to his beautifully crafted works.
Dan Pillers has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was award the “Robert Howe Fletcher Cup” as an acknowledgement of his outstanding achievement.
Dan has shown extensively over the past couple decades. His works include a solo exhibition at the James Hormel Center in the San Francisco Main Public Library and a collaborative installation at Works Gallery in San Jose, CA. He was curator of “Life after Death: Embracing the Queer Widow” for the 2001 National Queer Arts Festival. Dan was also a featured artist for a Visual Aid presentation at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And he spent two summers as an artist in residence at “L’experience” in Plaisance, France.
In the past couple years he has had several solo exhibitions, “Dear Friends: A Visual Memoir” at the Firehouse Galley in Grants Pass, Oregon, “Reincarations” at the Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland, Oregon, “Sticks and Stones” at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon and “A Bundle Of Sticks”, at The Denizen Gallery at MilePost 5 in Portland, Oregon and he was featured in Judy O’Shea’s “Water Paper Stone: A Walk Through Book” at the San Francisco Center for the Book, in San Francisco. In March of 2014 he shared the stage with Anne Greenwood and Harrell Fletcher for the “ART BEAT - Social Justice and Art Panel Discussion” at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus.
Dan was also the subject of Melissa Murray’s award winning short film, “Dan Pillers: Portland Artist”, which was awarded 1st Place at the 2013 Flux Film Festival . And in July 2013 he was featured in an article by Andrew Belonski for OUT.com.
Dan is also one of the 2016 recipients of a “GLEAN” artist residency at the Metro Transfer Station.