Interested in the ambiguous narratives he can create Dan Mort fully utilises scale, abstraction and balance to present highly crafted sculptures toying with multiple, simultaneous, readings. Ranging from the directly depicted to the intentionally obtuse, Mort's objects are like compounds with a long-forgotten use, outlandish yet made up of tantalisingly familiar components, all twisted, contorted and endlessly cryptic.
Mort employs a network of intricately cut and constructed elements and combines these with a delicate use of balance and structure. Maintaining a formal rigour, with an irreverent and playful use of materials, his works oscillate between the exactitudes of minimalism and the ambiguities found in abstraction. Ranging in degrees of complexity, from the simple combination of one or two elements, to a highly layered structure, his works show sculpture committed to the potential formal relationships of parts to a whole. He matches classical, handmade, elements alongside found objects ranging from an ink cartridge to a musical instrument, a wooden egg to a tripod, a plastic cheese to an anvil, which once pieced together do not lend themselves to any particular narrative but more point towards the nature of art as machine, as process, as a catalyst towards a form of understanding.
Mort redesigns the descriptive purpose of objects, turning the viewer's familiar associations with them askew, leaving you in perpetual anticipation of the point of arrival. Figurative elements are used as building blocks in the formal construction of a new and altogether inverted system of meaning. These elements determine the form of the sculpture, so that the sculpture ends up both as a parody of itself and as an embodiment of these narratives and diversions.
CV & Education
2011 - Obliquity, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
2010 - Myrmex, Boyschool Gallery, London
2009 - Avoision, Museum 52, London
2009 - Medium Sized Dry Goods, Boyschool Gallery, London
2007 - Dan Mort/New Work, L'Espace 72, Dison, Belgium
2012 - Inglorious Materials, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
2011 - Sculpture is a Vulture . . ., Malgras/Naudet, Manchester
2011 - Sorry for the Inconveniance, PSL, Leeds
2011 - Unrealised Potential, Cornerhouse, Manchester
2010 - Assembly, Rogue Project space, Manchester
2010 - Bad Igloo Lust, Royal Standard, Liverpool
2009 - Lead Slugs and Blank Spaces, Museeum 52, London
2009 - PARADE, Hamilton House, Bristol
2008 - 100 Performances for the Hole, Garage Biennial, San Francisco
2008 - Brass Necked Interloper, Velvet Mill, Bradford
2008 - Loner's Island, g39, Cardiff
2008 - The Biggest and the Best, Bussey Building, London