Dani Marti, ‘My Sad Captain’, 2011, rope and glass beads
Dani Marti’s new works speak of the ‘between’ that exists in minimalist art, within both the fine, stream-like drawings of Agnes Martin and the solid presence of Donald Judd. Marti’s use of ropes, reflectors and beads stretches the very physical act of weaving across multiple surfaces.
Marti surrenders to his materials in a process that is both tender and arduous. In turn his signature reflector works flirt with the viewer’s perception through the rhythms of three closely-related colours interwoven to create a kinetic surface. The light bounces and ripples in relation to the viewer’s body and the light of the space, feeding into the idea of a ‘between’ space that is ever-changing.
Dani’s use of ropes 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.
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