LIVE STREAM: David Mach – Incoming
Griffin Gallery, 11th May – 7th July
Installation process open to the public from 24th April – 11th May
Press View 10th May
Scottish artist David Mach’s solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery on 11th May will be his first new newspaper installation for 15 years.
Turner prize nominated Mach will construct a gargantuan installation from 20-tonnes of newspaper. Mach’s installation will look like a wave of paper, exploding through one of the gallery walls, and cascading through the room. Mach’s past installations have engulfed objects whole such as cars, furniture and airplanes. The large-scale piece will create an organic volume of colour and texture, characteristic of Mach’s work.
The installation will be largely improvised, and will take shape while it is being installed. Mach will start work on the installation from April 24th, with the three week installation period open for viewing to the public and live streamed for all to see.
Mach’s last newspaper installation Bangers n Mash was exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow in 2002. Mach’s most recent worldwide solo exhibitions include Hong Kong (Opera Gallery, 2012) and New York (Forum Gallery, 2013). Mach’s artistic style is based on flowing assemblages of mass-produced objects. Typically, these include magazines, newspapers, match sticks and coat hangers.
Mach has also produced iconic public sculpture including Out of Order (1989) in Kingston Upon Thames, a series of 12 red telephone boxes tipped on their side and Big Heids, (1999) in Lanarkshire, a tribute to the steel industry, using three upturned shipping containers weighing 18tons.
PRIVATE VIEW | 10th May, 6-9pm
David Mach on why he started his magazine sculptures: “Everybody at this time was making permanent works. Sculpture that was a solid form, welded together. It was formed out of wood or plastics, materials that could be put together permanently in some way and certainly ending up as some kind of object. I didn’t want to make objects. I wanted to make something that would certainly appear solid but that couldn’t be lifted up and carried away like an object.”
David Mach Biography
David Mach studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1974 to 1979 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1979 to 1982. He became a part-time lecturer in the Sculpture School, Kingston University from 1982 to 1993 and he was a lecturer at the Contemporary Art Summer School, Kitakyushu, Japan from 1987 to 1991. He has been Visiting Professor at the Sculpture Department, Edinburgh College of Art since 1999 and in 2000 was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
Mach’s first solo exhibition was held at the Lisson Gallery, London in 1982. His international reputation was quickly established with solo and group exhibitions held in the UK and in countries throughout the world. Much of his work is commission-based, including Collage Portrait of Glasgow (commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow), which was unveiled in March 2002 as part of a major solo exhibition of his work at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
In 1988 Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London, and in 1992 he won the Lord Provost’s Prize in Glasgow. He was elected Royal Academician in 1998 and lives and works in London.
Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery’s Director and Curator said: “David Mach’s work broadly addresses current global issues such as consumerism, waste and the impact of human consumption, through his use of the ‘stuff’ of everyday life in the 21st century. Making large scale sculptures and installations with overlooked or discarded objects such as coat hangers, matches, driftwood, magazines, old cars and other items picked up from junk yards, Mach draws attention to the increasing accumulation of objects and our throwaway culture as a society. I have long been an admirer of David’s ability to create spectacle with seemingly unremarkable materials, and it’s very exciting to be showing one of his newspaper installations in London after such a long hiatus.
Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator, Griffin Gallery:
Becca Pelly-Fry took up post as Griffin Gallery Director in January 2013, and has since curated the majority of the exhibitions at the gallery. Becca originally trained as a sculptor at Northumbria University and began her career at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle, becoming gallery manager and curator. Becca worked for three years as Arts Development Officer at Kensington & Chelsea Council and a similar role at Camden Council. Becca is Head Curator for ColArt International, with responsibility for Directorship of Griffin Gallery and The Fine Art Collective global education programme, and advising the global Winsor & Newton and Liquitex teams on working with artists.