This latest series of work is about reflecting the natural world through geometrical expressionism, a space where the viewer can perceive the work in a personal way while relating on a level beyond language and rationale. Observable geometry is as old as cracking mud, freezing water, cooled lava, astronomy, man-made shelter and alphabets. Humans have a natural affinity and innate ability to relate to elemental form. Every civilization has had a relationship with it represented in script, written music, belief systems, mathematics, science, and mark making. By generating sculptures based on combinations of elemental shapes, my aim is for the sculpture to resonate through both its formal and more universal qualities. My hope is that the work elude definition and at the same time recall a sense of the familiar.
Dan was first introduced to ceramics while apprenticing with a sculptor in Bangalore, India. He later honed his firing skills at an 18-month residency at the Cub Creek Foundation, 3 years as the studio manager for Chris Gustin, and an MFA under John Balistreri in Ohio. Dan has been invited to artist residencies throughout the US, Denmark, the UK, France and the Netherlands. His work is regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally.