Mach Mania - The David Mach Show


Mach Mania - The David Mach Show

Thursday, 22 November 2012

November 22 - December 12, 2012

David Mach, the renowned Scottish sculptor, installation and collage artist, and one of Britainʼs best-loved and iconic artists, is coming to inaugurate his major solo exhibition this November at the Opera Gallery in Hong Kong.

Over the years, Mach has made his name turning everyday items into gorgeous feasts of color. Working with an eclectic variety of mass-produced objects, his sculptures are made from magazines, match heads, car tires, bricks, scrap cars and more. "I use everyday stuff you have in your house, that you pay no attention to at all. There's no second thought for these things. That's why I like them. We all know them."

Mach was born in Methil, Fife, in 1956. His eccentric, romantic and cultured family was unlike any other in Fife. Growing up with a mother who watched every movie, read every book and listened to every song; and a father who tells stories of old family members surviving concentration camps in Siberia, Mach said he would just sit back and watch, mouth agape. He later studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1974, where he experimented with many of the techniques and ideas that remain until today the core of his oeuvre. After graduating he was awarded a place at the Royal College of Art in London, emerging with a Masters Degree in 1982.

Over the years Mach made his mark with a great output in a range of phenomenal art works including Polaris, a recreation of a nuclear submarine made from 6,000 car tires, a 60 meter long train made of 185,000 bricks built near Darlington, the Acropolis of Magazines, the UK's Self Portrait, and many more. These sculptures are on the verge of being completely overwhelming in their scale and audacity. The density of these installations is echoed in Machʼs less extravagant works.

MACH-MANIA / THE DAVID MACH SHOW is a major exhibition of Machʼs smaller-scale art pieces showcasing truly fascinating treats from the recyclable genius. On display, assembled using thousands of matchsticks, are faces of celebrated icons such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop. Collages of hundreds of postcards create two-dimensional Superman and Captain America iconic portraits, one thousand silver coat hangers bring to life a 2.5 meter long Cheetah and so on…

Mach continues on a furious schedule exhibiting worldwide. Nominated for the Turner Prize, joining the Royal Academy of Arts as Professor of Sculpture and election to the board of the National Portrait Gallery are only a few of his endless accomplishments. His art is packed to the brim of life, action, love and passion. From collages to sculptures, every inch of his work tells another story.