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DAVID MACH AUTUMN 2013

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DAVI D MAC H R A GEISTGA L L E RIES.CO M

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DAVID MACH RA Often considered as the artist of immoderation, David Mach caught the public eye in the 1980’s with his colossal installations made out of manufactured products such as Polaris, a life-sized replica of a submarine made out of 6000 pile car tyres, the accurate copy of a RollsRoyce made out of 1,500 books or the 50 tons of piled magazines forming five massive classical columns positioned to appear to be holding the roof of the Brooklyn Museum. He is known for taking advantage of the aesthetics and the proliferation of every day materials and for introducing them into the inner circle of art, exposing the abuse of the consumer society with humour and irony. David Mach is a Scottish artist who was born in 1956 in Methil and who now works and lives in London. He studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and then at the Royal College of Art in London in 1982. In 1992, he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in London. The works of David Mach are part of the most prestigious private and public collections such as The British Council of London or The Tate. In addition to his colossal art pieces, David Mach handles with remarkable talent much more delicate materials such as matchsticks, coat hangers, postcards or playing cards to assemble smaller-scale masterpieces. David Mach plays with art pieces which play with our illusions and pushes the viewer to look beyond appearances. He takes the observer away from reality so he can take a fresh look on his surroundings. He alters the trivial, diverts the industrial object from its function and just like a magician, he transforms it into a masterpiece. “I am addicted to repetition but I like exaggeration even better. Society forces us to an appropriate behaviour but art authorizes artists to extravagance and excesses”, says David Mach to sum up his art.


MAJOR EXHIBITIONS 2013

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London, UK

2012

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London, UK

2011

Precious Light, Edinburgh City Arts Centre

1999

The National Portrait, The Dome, London, UK

1998

A Nice Location, Kawasaki City Museum Tokyo, Japan

1997

Art That Came Apart, Musee D’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada

1997

The British Edge, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

1996

The Brick Train, Darlington, UK

1994

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

1993

Between the Lines, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan

1993

Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

1991

Virtue and Vision, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh, Scotland

1998

New British Art, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK


POSITIONS & PRIZES 2006

Elected to the Board of The National Portrat Gallery

2004

Visiting Professor of Inspiration & Discovery, University of Dundee

2004

Made Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy

2000

Appointed Professor of Sculpture, Royal Academy Schools, London

1999

Visiting Professor, Sculpture Department, Edinburgh College of Art

1998

Elected Member of the Royal Academy of Arts

1992

Won Lord Provost’s Award, RGI, Glasgow

1988

Nominated for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London

1982

RCA Drawing Prize


POLARIS (1983) Southbank Centre, London


ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE (1987), Barcelona


LIKE A VIRGIN (1993) Ujazdowski Castle, Poland


HERE TO STAY (2000) Glasgow, Scotland


SILVER STREAK (2010) Royal Academy, London


DIE HARDER (2012) Southwark Cathedral, UK


BEAR IN MIND (2012) Coat Hanger Sculpture 180cm x 334cm x 216cm


SPIKE (2011) Coat Hanger Sculpture 90cm x 227cm x 70cm


BEAST (2013) Coat Hanger Sculpture 66cm x 40cm x 60cm


YELLOW LEOPARD (2013) Match Sculpture 21cm x 26cm x 21cm


KILLER INSTINCT (2013) Pin Sculpture 85cm x 62cm x 68cm


REMBRANDT (2013) Pin Work 110cm Diameter


MARILYN MONROE (2013) Pin Work 110cm Diameter


FLESH & BLOOD (2013) Pin Work 110cm Diameter


O.K.K.O. (2013) Postcard Collage 183cm x 183cm


FILTHY LOOKER (2013) Money & Postcard Collage 183cm x 183cm


VOODOO CHILE (2013) Postcard Collage 152cm x 152cm


FRIGHT NIGHT (2013) Postcard Collage 152cm x 152cm


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