DANI MARTI is one of Australia’s most exciting artists recently rising to international acclaim, challenging audiences, curators, and critics with his unorthodox combination of hand-woven ‘canvases’ and video documentary. Connecting the two mediums is a kind of portraiture which strives to get beneath the 'surface' of family, friends, lovers, and strangers. These psychological, sociological, emotional, and often graphic physical depictions push ethical boundaries, raising difficult questions about relationships, gay encounters, intimacy and trust, while questioning the role of the artist, the power of the video camera and the cultural politics of the viewer. With his woven works, Marti’s questioning turns to wider notions of portraiture and sexuality in Modernism, Minimalism, and geometric abstraction.
Dani Marti was born 1963 Barcelona, Spain and lives and works between Sydney, Australia and Glasgow, U.K. Marti works across video, installation and public art, each work constituting an intimate portrait. Marti’s unorthodox woven and filmic works speak to notions of portraiture and sexuality in Modernism, Minimalism and geometric abstraction. Since 1998, Marti has held over 40 solo exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include his solo BLACK SUN, commissioned for Perth International Art Festival (2016); Immerse, Sandneskulturhus, Sandnes, Norway (2016); La Vida es Esto, Domus Atrium, Salamanca (2015); Dark Heart, the Adelaide Biennial (2014), ECONOMY, CCA Glasgow; Stills, Edinburgh (2013); Videonale-14, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2013); Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2011); TOUCH: The portraiture of Dani Marti, a major solo retrospective at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery (2011) ; Social Documents: The Ethics of Encounter, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh (2010); Vocal Thoughts, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (2010) and Cinema X: I like to Watch, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2010).
Dani Marti’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Art Bank, Sydney; Chartwell Collection, Auckland; City Art Gallery, Auckland and the University of Wollongong, N.S.W. Marti has completed significant public works includingone at Westfield Centrepoint 100 Market St, with John Wardle Architects. The first major monograph of Marti’s work was published in 2012 by Hatje Cantz.
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