‘Songs of Surrender’ was first exhibited at Sydney Contemporary 2019. This work is part of a series that has evolved through the use of a mathematical equation where the previous work informs and dictates the next one, building on the existing pattern to create a new one. These rope works reference Agnes Martin, both formally and conceptually. Through this gentle minimalism, we can bear witness to how the subtleties of the custom-made ropes dissolve and percolate in the space.
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.