An artist of excess, David Mach became world-famous in the 1980’s for his monumental sculptures made from surplus new manufactured products, such as the tyres used in his very surprising replica of the Parthenon (Temple at Tyre erected in 1994 on Edinburgh docks). By deliberately using day-to-day objects that are easily understood by everyone, Mach releases an unsuspected creative and aesthetic force.
His great technical mastery enables him to turn the most fragile objects into spectacular masterpieces. Matches are transformed into animal masks or icon heads (Marilyn, 2007), ccoathangers become a cosmonaut (Spaceman, 2000) or a gorilla (Silver Back, 2007), stacks of magazines form “tsunami” installations that engulf everything that gets in their way.
His postcard collages also use the idea of the same card juxtaposed hundreds of times to create another completely different image, for example a portrait of a Laughing Bhudda (2006) using night views of the Paris Opera.
His creations, which are initially designed to denounce excessive consumption with humour and irony, bring out the beauty of everyday life, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.