In the Beginning
Archer began painting space art by experimenting on glass, inspired by a friend and teacher, Ron Russel, who was interested in the same type of art. Together they set up a little studio and continued perfecting their techniques. After a friend Lee Byrd, introduced them to the Tesla coil at a San Francisco museum, they, with Byrd’s help, they began using electricity and creating space art.
Remaining lifelong friends, eventually, Archer and Russell took separate paths. Archer has continued to perfect his craft using bigger Tesla coils made specifically by premier Tesla coil designer, the late Bill Wysock. His studio is currently under construction, with an expansion that will feature an even bigger coil. The artist also believes in paying it forward, as he does currently with student, Brent Durand.
The artist enjoyed a full pictorial in Omni Magazine, and was featured in National Geographic Magazine, and on the covers of books by Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven. and Jack Vance. He was featured in the Sunday comics in King Features: Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Worldwide shows include: The De Young Museum, San Francisco; AT&T World Headquarters in New York City; the Hayden Planetarium in Central Park; Panasonic World Headquarters, Japan; The World Science Fiction Show, Chicago; The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; The Omniversum, The Hague; The Planetarium, Brussels, Belgium; and Spacefest 2008 with Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Rusty Schweickart, Bruce McCandless, Alan Bean, and Edgar Mitchell.
Archer contributed to comedian Steve Martin's autobiography "Born Standing Up”. Archer's work will be used in musical stage play, “ROOM 105,” on the life of his late friend, Janis Joplin. In 2015 Archer's work was used in "Terminator Genisys" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.