‘Composition in Blue and Yellow (Ode to Catalonia)’ was first exhibited in Dani Marti’s 2018 solo show ‘Red on Red’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery. The vast, bright surface of the work ripples with the rhythm of interwoven ropes, custom-made for the artist in Barcelona. The absorbing scale and time-consuming process behind this work acts as a monument to Marti’s Catalonian heritage. The optical effect of the materials shifting according to the movement of the viewer’s body and the light of the space feeds into an awareness of the act of looking. Marti references minimalism, the craft movement, and the sensuality of Baroque.
His use of common industrial materials is grounded in the performative act of making, where the strength of the artist’s body is present on the surface of each ‘painting’. The repetition and seriality of the group reinforces the time and effort required to make each piece by stretching the very physical act of weaving across multiple surfaces. The artist surrenders to his materials, taking direction from the corporeality of ropes, reflectors, beads and scourers in a process that is both tender and arduous. – Alanna Irwin
Dani Marti lives between Barcelona, Spain, and Cessnock, Australia. Fittingly, he has been exhibited across the globe including Singapore, Chile, Spain and across Australia. Marti is also well-known for his large-scale public commissions; notably, a monumental concrete cast of his woven ropes for Westfield on Castlereagh Street Sydney and Time is the fire in which we burn for the Hilton Hotel, with Woods Bagot, in Melbourne.