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DANI MARTI
Born 1963, Barcelona, Spain

Trained as a painter, Dani Marti studied fine art in New York and Sydney, gaining his Master of Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2000) and Master of Fine Arts at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (2006).

Marti’s artistic process is driven by the symbology of everyday industrial materials, craft practices, conceptualism and formalism. He creates dynamic woven constructions and sculptural installations that combine intellect and a sensual, Baroque minimalism. These works have a strong inflection of portraiture and resemble swatches of fabric that capture personalities, moods and intensities. As such, they recall the intimacy of fabric in contact with the body and represent not only states of feelings but also regimes of class and power and the idiosyncrasies of personal psychosexualities.

Many of Marti’s woven constructions are abstract representations of friends or people whom he admires (for instance, Rover Thomas and St Francis of Assisi), and include synthetic fibres, rubber, barbed wire, copper wire and cotton thread. The patterns and textures of these works suggest individual identities similar to the coded signatures of DNA. His installations are characteristically immersive and large-scale, juxtaposing theoretical concerns and articulating the private and social perceptions surrounding the body.

Since 1998, Marti has held over 25 solo exhibitions and was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award (2001, 2002). Among his most recent woven commissions are Ed Filipowski-Mark Lee, untitled, New York (2007) and Nunez Martin Collection, Infanta Margarita (European Monarchs), Canary Islands, Spain (2006). Marti has worked with Dale Jones Evans Architects to conceptualise and design wind-wall installations for Docklands/Mirvac (Melbourne, 2002–03) and with Wardle + Hassel and Lend Lease to create Under the Crescent Moon (Melbourne, 2006).

BIOGRAPHY
1963 Born Barcelona, Spain
1978–1979 Ramon Gomis, studies in tapestry technique, Barcelona, Spain
1982–1988 MBA, Esade, Barcelona, Spain
1990–1991 Diploma Fine Arts, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney
1991–1992 Fine Arts Course, Art Students League, New York
2000 Master of Arts, majoring in sculpture and installation,
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2006 Master of Fine Arts, Glasgow School of Art
Currently lives and works in Glasgow and Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Braveheart, The Studio, Glasgay, Glasgow
Closer, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
Off my noodle, Live Sites, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Newcastle Council, NSW
2006 Dark Bones, Citric Gallery, Brescia, Italy
The Seven Pleasures of Snow White, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 There is nothing at the end of the rainbow, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
Variations in a Serious Black Dress, Viewing Gallery, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Orifices 2000–2004 and Looking for Felix 2000, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
2004–05 Variations in a Serious Black Dress, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, travelling to Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney; Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery, NSW; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW; La Trobe Regional Gallery, VIC; Monash University Art Museum, VIC
2004 Looking for Rover, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Orifices 2000–04, The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
2003 Variations in a Serious Black Dress, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Portrait of a young man returning a ladybird to the grass, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Blue angels, Galeria Alejandro Sales, Barcelona
Mother is crying, Briefcase Project and Block, Sydney
2001 You make me feel like love, peace and happiness, Gallery 4A, Sydney
I am forever blowing bubbles, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
missing spain, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Enhance Systems and Orifices, Span Galleries, Melbourne
Jamón, La Capella, Barcelona
2000 Thin Wall PB-I, Artspace, Sydney
Coco, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney
Sorry I just dropped my guts, The Lounge, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Looking for felix, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
1999 WS-S#, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
1998 Warren de Maria Gallery, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Cornice Art Fair, Venice
He dominates all, Black Box, Puerto Rico
Don’t call it performance, Miami
2006–07 Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales, touring regional galleries in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland
2006 Tomorrow Now, Foundation Bevilacqua Lamasa, Venice
The Projection Room, coinciding with the Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool
A man’s world, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane
Love Video 2006, Gallery Sad- Artunison-, Moscow
VAD Festival Internacional de Vídeo i Arts Digitals, Girona
Iondromo Film Competition, M+B studio, Venice
Goods to Declare: MFA International, Bezalel Art School, Tel Aviv
Celeste Art Prize, Goldsmiths University of London, The Old Truman Brewery, London
Marks and Comments, MFA degree show, Tramway, Glasgow and MoCa, Roskilde, Denmark
Gridlines, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales
II Premio Internacional de Pintura de Castellón, Fundacion Astroc, Madrid
SCREAM Sounding Images, in collaboration with Diana Simpson, CalArts, Los Angeles
2005 POST, Residence Gallery, London and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
II Premio Internacional de Pintura de Castellón, Espai, Castellon
Glad-Wrap-Up, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
VAD Festival Internacional de Vídeo i Arts Digitals, Girona
Academy Now!, sound collaborations with Diana Simpson and Vivian Barty-Taylor, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow
Good and Gruesome, CCA Student Lab Night, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Arafura Craft Exchange, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
New Town Pasadena, in collaboration with Diana Simpson, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Nuit Blanche, Paris
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
PistilsI Petals, Fundacio Espais Conteporanis, Girona
2003 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Summer Show, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
25 years of Mardi Gras, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Canberra Contemporary Art Space and The Art Store Art Award 2003, CCAS, Canberra
2002 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Summer Show, Arc One at Span, Melbourne
Opening Show, Arc One at Span, Melbourne
Ruin, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne
Dressing and Dreaming, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Archive of Dud Slides, Briefcase, Sydney
2001 Artful Park 2001, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1x1, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
Blue angels, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne
Interiors, Object Gallery, Sydney
Plastic by nature, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Ante, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney
2000 Twothousand&99, Exhibition and Performance Space, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Not quite right, Grey Matter Contemporary Art, Sydney
To exist (24), blue funghi, Grey Matter Contemporary Art, Sydney
1999 Three of a Kind, Gallery 19, Sydney
1998 Aula de Lletres, Barcelona, Spain
1997 What is love?, Toast II Gallery, Sydney
Fund-raising exhibition for the AIDS Trust of Australia
Love, No te nom Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2007 Newcastle Regional Gallery Residency, Newcastle
1999 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

COMMISSIONS
Woven Constructions
2007 Ed Filipowski-Mark Lee, untitled, New York
2006 Nunez Martin Collection, Infanta Margarita (European Monarchs), Canary Islands, Spain
2005 Alexander Tzannes Associates, European Monarchs (Silver and Gold), Sydney
Wardle + Hassel, and Lend Lease, Under the Crescent Moon, Melbourne
2004 George Freedman & Associates, Philip and Catherine (European Monarchs series), AMP Circular Quay, Sydney
Burley Katon Holliday Architects, Sydney, The Last Sins of St Francis: Scaring the Flesh (last episode)
Fast Lane, Sans Torquay, Melbourne
2003 BatesSmart, Different Trains, Melbourne Crown Casino, Melbourne
2002 Linda Gregoriou, art collector, Linda Pink Scapes, Sydney
2001 University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Lorca
2000 Murray Thomas, Architect, OBS 4, Sydney; Ian Halliday, Architect, Linda and WS-S, Sydney; Dale Jones Evans, Architect, Australian Landscape – Yellow
1999 Burley Katon Halliday Architects, OBS 1, Sydney; Dale Jones Evans, Architect, OBS#3, Sydney

Architect Collaborations
2006 Under the Crescent Moon, Wardle + Hassel and Lend Lease, Melbourne
2002–03 Docklands/Mirvac, Melbourne, conceptualisation and design of wind-wall installations, with Dale Jones Evans

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Chartwell Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Art Bank, Sydney

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Paco Barragan, ‘Heaven & Hell’, Contemporary, issue 86, October 2006 pp. 58–59
Domenico Quaranta, ‘Closer’, exhibition catalogue, Citric, Brescia, October 2006
Paco Barragan, ‘The art of tying ends’, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, February – March 2006
Peter Carrol, ‘Artwork raises a stink Minging’, Glaswegian, 15 June 2006, p. 5
Anthony Gardner, ‘There is nothing at the end of the rainbow’, catalogue essay, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, March 2005
Rick Rutjens, ‘Arafura Craft Exchange: Fibre 2005’, Object, no. 47, p. 44
Allison Gray, ‘Arafura Craft Exchange: Fibre 2005’, catalogue essay, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, May 2005, pp. 6–7
Angus Cameron, ‘Arafura Craft Exchange: Fibre 2005’, Australian Art Collector, issue 32, April – June 2005, p. 241
Robert Nelson, ‘Marti ties viewers in knots’, Age, Friday, 20 May 2005
Dominique Angeloro, ‘Negative attitude: Festivus 04’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November – 2 December 2004, p. 26
Victoria Hynes, ‘Tactile textiles’, Australian Art Review, July–October 2004, p. 10
Victoria Hynes, ‘Dani Marti and Holy Holy Holy’, the(sydney)magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2004, p. 94
‘Tactile textiles’, exhibition preview, Variations in a Serious Black Dress, Vogue Living Apartments, June 2004, p. 10
Martyn Hook, ‘House edge: Crown Promenade, Southbank, Melbourne’, Monument, no. 61, June – July 2004, pp. 22–6
Victoria Hynes, Looking for Rover, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, March–April 2004
Desmond Foo, ‘Orifices’, The Straits Times, Singapore, 7 April 2004
Sasha Grishin, ‘Depth in surreal paradise lust’, Canberra Times, Canberra 25 February 2004
Ann Finnegan, Variations in a Serious Black Dress, exhibition catalogue, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT, February – March 2004
Marinka Ferrier, ‘Knots of seduction’, Artwrite, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003
Robert Nelson, ‘Floating into space’, Age, Melbourne, 7 May 2003
Roger Taylor, Radio interview, RRR, Melbourne, 23 April 2003
Victoria Hynes, ‘The semiology of weaving’, Art & Australia, vol. 40, no. 3, autumn, 2003, pp. 410–17, front cover image
Bruce James, ‘Mardi Gras 25 years show’, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2003
Laura Murray Cree, Awesome! Australian Art for Contemporary Kids, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002
Leta Keens, ‘Magic weaver – Dani Marti’, Belle, October–November 2002
David O’Halloran, ‘Go inside and freshen up’ (Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award), Broadsheet, vol, 31, no. 2, June – August 2002, p. 22
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, March 2002
Victoria Hynes, ‘One metre x one metre’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 14–20 December 2001
Anne Loxley, ‘Outdoor art’ (Artfull Park), Sydney Morning Herald, 6 December 2001
Sasha Grishin, ‘An ironic medium’, Canberra Times, 14 May 2001
Andrew Frost, ‘Undiscovered artists’, Australian Art Collector, no. 16, April – June 2001, pp. 74–75, front cover image
Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award, Arts Program, ABC Television, Sunday, 8 April 2001
Robert Nelson, ‘Winner shed’s pretension’ (Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award), Age, Melbourne, 28 March 2001
Maria Bliske, ‘The Helen Lempriere Sculpture Prize’, Artlink, vol. 21, no. 2, 2001
Simon Rees, ‘Looking for felix’, Art + Text, no. 73, 2001, p. 87
Victoria Hynes, ‘Weird science’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 22–28 June 2001
Interview with Bruce James: ‘I am forever blowing bubbles…’, Arts Program, ABC Radio, Monday, 11 June 2001
Ann Finnegan, ‘missing spain’, catalogue essay, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, August 2001
Jane Barney, ‘Metis – waste’, catalogue essay, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, May 2001
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, March 2001
Verity Newman, ‘Not quite wrong’, City Sydney Hub, vol. 5, no. 49, 2000
Courtney Kidd, Critic’s picks, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 22–28 December 2000
Alexie Glass, ‘Chez view’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 17–23 November 2000
Brian Boys, ‘Exhibitions site’, Monument, Architecture/Design Issue, October – November 1999, p. 39
Bruce James, ‘Conservation pieces’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October 2000
Victoria Hynes, ‘Lofty ambitions’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2000
Courtney Kidd, Critic’s picks, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 18–24 August 2000
Ann Finnegan, ‘Coco’, catalogue essay, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney, August 2000
Ann Finnegan, Thin Wall PB-1, exhibition catalogue, Artspace, Sydney, February 2000
Bruce James, ‘Pope Alice overcomes strong penis challenge’, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 1999







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