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David
MACH
Painter Sculptor
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Born in 1956 in Scotland, worldly known artist David Mach studied the Arts in Dundee, then in London — between 1979 and 1982 — at the prestigious Royal College of Arts.

 

His artistic renown boomed in the 1980’s when he started to produce imposing ephemeral sculptures made out of unused manufactured objects surplus. David Mach made the thought out choice to seize daily objects in order to establish a surprising connection between his art and his spectators. 

 

In 1994 he continued his process of reusing industrial materials by employing tyres in an astonishing  replica of the Greek Parthenon titled « Temple at Tyre »  which was erected in his home country on the docks of Edinburgh.

 

In 1998, the artist was elected member of the Royal Academy in London thus receiving the highest distinction that he could pretend to. Two years later, he would be appointed as a sculpture professor there.

 

Outside from his artistic boldness, David Mach shows an exceptional technical expertise which adds a spectacular dimension to his work. An iconic example could be the match, which he massively employed to transform them into animal masks or idol’s faces (« Marilyn », 2007). The artist explored « hanger-material » in the same way, assembling a cosmonaut (« Spaceman », 2000) with it, or « magazine/journal-material » stacking them up to form « tsunami-installations » that submerge everything around them. 

 

Postcards collages reuse this principle of anaphoric accumulation of the same material. Cards are juxtaposed hundreds of times so as to reveal a totally different picture. With « Laughing Buddha » (2006) for example, Mach skillfully and subtly conceived a portrait from night views of Paris’ Opera!

 

David Mach’s artistic approach was originally supposed to be about an ironic and comical denunciation of the overconsumption of our time. Actually, it launches a singular process through the modesty of daily life and makes a more playful beauty emerge.

Influences

Andy Warhol
Pablo Picasso
Pop art

Major works

  • Marilyn

Exhibitions

  • 2011
    Edinburgh's City Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2008
    Vishal Art Centre, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 2007
    Garnier Opera, Paris, France
  • 1998
    Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, USA
  • 1994
    Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
  • 1993
    Open-air Museum, Hakone, Japan
  • 1993
    Ujazdowski Castle, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1990
    Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, Pittsburgh, USA
  • 1989
    Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • 1989
    Cultural centre, Madrid, Spain
  • 1989
    Artspace, San Francisco, USA
  • 1988
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
  • 1988
    Kawasaki City Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1988
    Tate Gallery, London, England
  • 1987
    Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1987
    Museum for Decorative Arts, Paris, France
  • 1986
    Art Museum, Herning, Denmark
  • 1986
    Town Hall, Manchester, England
  • 1986
    National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, England
  • 1985
    Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
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