Joseph Marr (born 1979) is an Australian Artist of English/Maori heritage who lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Working in a number of media including painting, sculpture, video and photography, my art is conceptually oriented, and generally concerned with issues of consciousness.

Working with sugar is wonderful and difficult. Its so colourful and textural, having similarities to paint. But then there is the temperature which is firstly dangerous but also it drops so quickly which influences the viscosity, so I find myself having to work really quickly to get what I need. Its a sensory overload, the smell, the colour, the heat and the honey like movement… its sharp like glass and smooth like Marble and at the same time rough like concrete… unpredictable.

I chose to portray DESIRE as a person to use a more social context. The topic is more cosmic than just desire or lust between people. The way the Hindu’s say it was my inspiration to work with sugar: “Desire is a Trap” Desire is the creator and destroyer, and to live without Desire is to be liberated. The traps in life are the attachments we form to everything, such as Money, Power, Fame, Love, Happiness… anything we desire. If we only want to live a happy life then we are attached to happiness and  deny sadness or struggle or anything that is not happiness. We live as if all that other stuff should somehow not be there, which denies the flow of life being the organic process that it is. With the sculptures I am looking to show the attachment predicament that we live with. You work all your life for in pursuit of riches and if you get it, you can’t take it with you when you die, and if you don’t get it you have struggled in vain. Any example you want to take fits the predicament. We are spending our lives trying to get get get, and have have have… but what for? all this time we could have been enjoying ourselves with much less worry.

So the sugar symbolises this big DESIRE PREDICAMENT, and the form that it takes is up to you. Sugar itself has so much to it, its a sensual thing we suck on like a drug each day, its an energy source, its a life source in everything. Plants are all converting light into energies such as sugars in the photosynthesis process. Astronomers have discovered simple sugar molecules floating in the gas around a star some 400 light-years away, suggesting the possibility of life on other planets. The list goes on giving me ideas in every direction to make sculptures with sugar as the medium.

Collections

Exhibitions

Solo

  • 2015 April, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin Deutschland
  • 2011 October, Galerie Freitag 18:30, Aachen Deutschland
  • 2009 February, Austellung Im Ministerium für Städtebau, Düsseldorf Deutschland
  • 2008 April, Dominik Mersch Gallery “Losing our Way”, Sydney Australia
  • 2006 April, Marlborough Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2005 January, RBG, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2004 April, Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2003 October, Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2002 June, Soho Galleries, Sydney Australia
  • 2001 September, Watch House Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2000 October, Gladstone Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 1999 April, La Lupa, Sydney Australia

Group

  • 2017 March 3rd, Hyper Hyper @ Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin
  • 2017 January 25th, Berlin Wirtschaftsforum der SPD, Galerie Freitag 18:30
  • 2016 August 26th, St Moritz Art Masters 9th Edition, Galerie Freitag 18:30 @ Hotel Bernina 1865
  • 2016 October 24th, Galerie Freitag 18:30 @Art.Fair, Köln
  • 2016 September 14th, Berlin Art Week, Enter Art Foundation
  • 2016 June 13th, Art Basel Pop-Up Exhibition Messeturm, Enter Art Foundation
  • 2016 June 11th, Berlin Michael Reid Gallery, Summer Show
  • 2015 September 16th, Michael Reid Gallery @ Positions Art Fair, Berlin
  • 2015 October 24th, Galerie Freitag 18:30 @Art.Fair, Köln
  • 2014 October 24th, Galerie Freitag 18:30 @Art.Fair, Köln
  • 2014 August 16th, Who is afraid of figurative sculpture? Schloss Trebnitz
  • 2013 December 6th, Galerie Freitag 18:30, Aachen
  • 2013 January 24th, Berghain Berlin
  • 2012 December 7th, Galerie Freitag 18:30, Aachen
  • 2012 August, Dominik Mersch Gallery @ Art Fair 2012, Melbourne
  • 2012 July, “Ostrale 012” Internationale Ausstellung Gegenwartskunst, Dresden
  • 2012 July, Galerie Freitag 18:30, Aachen
  • 2011 July, “Ostrale 012” Internationale Ausstellung Gegenwartskunst, Dresden
  • 2011 March, Sammlung Klein, Australische Kunst, Eberdingen, Deutschland
  • 2011 February, Galerie Freitag 18:30 , Aachen Deutschland
  • 2011 January, Dominik Mersch Gallery “Plus One”, Sydney Australia
  • 2010 February, Galerie Grazia Blumberg, Recklinghausen Deutschland
  • 2009 January, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2009 June, Silvershot Gallery, Melbourne Australia
  • 2008 October, Hamburger Bahnhof, Christies Auction “Help for Afrika”
  • 2008 April, Dorsten Kunstverein, “Early Bird” Dorsten Deutschland
  • 2001-2004 Harris Courtin Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2001 The Painters Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2000 TAP Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2000 Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney Australia
  • 1999-2003 1+2 artist studios, Sydney Australia