Dani Marti

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, 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.

Marti is currently exhibiting at Artisan, in Material: Concrete. Find out more about the exhibition here. Exhibition runs 28 March – 3 June.