Dylan Martorell is an artist and musician who’s work is influenced by the natural world, human rituals, ethnography and mythology. Music and sound, from field recordings to ritualized performances, play a major part in his multidisciplinary practice. Martorell’s works typically involve a highly disciplined and refined level of detail intertwined with an ad hoc improvisation and magpie junkyard aesthetic. Inspired by his world travels, a major interest for Martorell is the history of different musical diasporas. This interest manifests in his art through an almost synaesthesic combination of colour, pattern, sound and line. Dylan is currently conducting a three country residency for Asialink focussing on nomadic street based performance spaces incorporating improvisation, collaboration, utilization of site specific gleaned materials, alternative energy sources, and d.i.y culture. The first part of the residency will include presenting and performing work in Yogyakarta and the Jakarta Biennale.
Martorell has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Agaves de Marco, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; Duppy Musique Povera, Object Gallery, Sydney, 2011; Duppy Housing, Utopian Slumps, 2010; Musique Povera, Heide Museum of Modern Art Project Space, 2010; Splintered Guilders, Lamington Drive, Melbourne, 2009; Stolon Tonals, Black and Blue, Sydney, 2009; Umbel Ballits, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2008; Hinterdact I and II, Über Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; and Panter Cluster Rimbone, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2007. Selected group exhibitions include Melpore Stringsects, a collaboration with Chaco Kato at the Esplanade in Singapore, New Psychedelia, curated by Sebastian Moody, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
Robotic percussion instruments where created with the assistance of:
Keith Urquhart – programming
Mat Valdman – Engineering