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DANI MARTI was born 1963 Barcelona, Spain. Lives and works Sydney, Australia and Glasgow, Scotland. Marti works across video, installation and public art. His unorthodox woven and filmic works turns to wider notions of portraiture and sexuality in Modernism, Minimalism, and geometric abstraction.

Oscillating between hopefulness and failure, Dani Marti’s work is hinged to a representational paradox. For on the one hand it presupposes belief in the act of portrayal, and on the other hand it tacitly admits portraiture’s inevitable failure to accurately capture. His relation to his subject is consistently fixed: an obsessive, laborious, and often desire-driven attempt to represent something of his subject that is beyond appearances. Something of a deep-rooted lust between him and his subject, something of an essence, something, in other words, beyond surface. But it is surface—quite literally—that we as viewers are left with in Marti’s work, nothing objectively closer to ‘the real’ other than what one chooses to see and read into it. Marti’s work is thus an explicit reminder that viewer subjectivity is the only place where the portrait can truly be generated. His gestures toward it are merely our starting points.

Fabruary 7 – March 28: Black Sun
Fremantle Art Centre , a project for the Perth International Art Festival 2016, Australia
curated by Ric Spencer.

Black Sun is Dani Marti’s first solo show in Western Australia. Including never before shown woven and video works, Black Sun  brings pieces straight from Marti’s studio,  with work from the series Mother, The Treasure Chest, Notes for Bob and Time. Black Sun also includes the newly commissioned Prelude, an imposingly large woven circle incorporating customised corner cube reflectors and glass beads.

October 8, 2015 –  January 31, 2016: La vida es esto
DA2, Domus ARtium,2002,  Salamanca, Spain
curated by Paco Barragan, with : Pilar Albarracín, Julieta Aranda, Shoja Azari, Gabriele Basilico, Carolina Caycedo, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Rineke Dijsktra, Pepe Espaliú, Joan Fontcuberta, Chus García-Fraile, Ruth Gómez, Paul Graham, Isaac Julien, Dani Marti, Ryan McGinness, Josephine Meckseper, Ana Mendieta, Boris Mikhailov, Tracey Moffatt, Muntean/Rosenblum, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Marina Núñez, Tony Oursler, Diego del Pozo, Jorge Quijano, Gamaliel Rodríguez, MP & MP Rosado, Ixone Sádaba, Simeón Sáiz Ruiz, Pepo Salazar, Allan Sekula, Yinka Shonibare, Santiago Sierra, Trine Søndergaard y Nicola Verlato

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October 16 – November 29: 21
Casula Power House, Casula, NSW , Australia
celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Art Centre with Gordon Bennett,  Vivienne Binns,  Daniel Boyd ,David Capra,  Peter Cooley, Rosie Deacon, Christine Dean Mikala Dwyer,  Fiona Foley,  Franck Gohier,  Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro,  Deborah Kelly,  Richard Larter,  Dani Marti ,Angelica Mesiti ,Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran,  Raquel Ormella,  Khaled Sabsabi,  Gina Sinozich,  Savanhdary Vongpoothorn,  Judy Watson

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October 30 – December 6: Exhibiton A
The lock-up,  Newcastle, Australia
curated by Carrie Miller, with Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Dani Marti, Carolyn McKay, Julie Gough, Elvis Richardson, Tina Havelock Stevens, Halinka Orszulok,Todd McMillan, Anna Kristensen, Drew Bickford and Nell.

The show won’t be driven by a singular conceptual theme or narrative that as artists you will then be expected to respond to. Rather, the brief is open-ended; you will be able to respond, for example, to the ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ physical and psychological histories of the area and its people that articulate with ideas of crime, criminality and the criminal subject, resulting in a much broader interpretation of what the theme ‘art and crime’ might mean. The result aims to be work with a high level of community engagement, work materially connected with the exhibition space, and that presents more singular, less generic responses to the exhibition themes, and original interpretations of those themes.

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2013-2015: midden
Newcastle Court House, Australia
Commissioned by the new Court House Newcastle and Cox Architects
work in progress to be finalised mid 2016


June 17 – July 25,  2015: Slow show
GAG PROJECTS, Adelaide, Australia

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May 7 – June 9: OBEY!
Matucana 100,  Chile

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video link: ‘The Stamp Collector’, 2006
MUSAC Collection, Leon, Spain

April 9 –  April 14, 2015 : Cementa 15
Kandos, NSW , Australia

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video link – ‘Stitch n’ Bitch’, 2015

November 26 – December 1,2014 : Your Nostalgia is killing me
Gallery of Modern Art , Brisbane , Australia

Your Nostalgia is Killing Me

August 26 –  November 16, 2014 : ONE FROM ONE: THE MINIMAL AESTHETIC IN ART.
Newcastle Art Gallery,  Australia

Newcastle Art Gallery, exhibition link

Spring 2012:  DANI MARTI Monograph
Hatje Cantz, Berlin

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