ABOUT THE ARTIST
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.
October 16 – November 29: 21
celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Art Centre with 21 key artist that have exhibited during that period
Casula Power House, Casula, NSW , Australia
October 30 – December 6: Exhibiton A
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.
The lock-up, Newcastle, Australia
Commissioned by the new Court House Newcastle and Cox Architects
work in progress to be finalised mid 2016
Court House, Newcastle
June 17 – July 25, 2015: Slow show
GAG PROJECTS, Adelaide, Australia
May 20 – June 13: Key Works
Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
May 7 – June 9: OBEY!
Matucana 100, Chile
video link: ‘The Stamp Collector’, 2006
MUSAC Collection, Leon, Spain
April 9 – April 14, 2015 : Cementa 15
Kandos, NSW , Australia
video link – ‘Stitch n’ Bitch’, 2015
November 26 – December 1,2014 : Your nostalgia is killing me
Gallery of Modern Art , Brisbane , Australia
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
by Hatje Cantz, Berlin
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