Continuing his association with the city, artist David Mach talked about public sculpture on November 3, 2004, as part of Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Mach developed a truly monumental project for the festival, was sure to grab headlines around the world.
David Mach was born in Methil, near Fife in Scotland, in 1956. He studied for five years at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, then spent a further three years working towards a masters in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. Since leaving the RCA in 1982, he has lived and worked in London. In 1982 Mach had his first one man exhibition at the Lisson Gallery, London, and since the 1990s has continued to exhibit nationally and internationally.
David Mach uses everyday, mass produced objects such as newspapers, magazines, car tyres, matches and coathangers in ‘multiples’ in his installations. Bringing such diverse items together ion a large scale, his artwork mixes social commentary with humour.
As well as exhibiting extensively, Mach has also made a number of commissioned public sculptures in the UK. He has work in public collections in Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, the British Council collection, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Dundee Art Gallery, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Mercer Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery. He also has work in corporate collections such as Unilever place, Granada Television, BBC, ATK Kearney, Marks and Spencer and the Deutsche Bank. His piece A National Portrait, a series of 15 monumental collages, was exhibited at the Millennium Dome in London.
Collections on an international level in which his work features includes the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, McMaster Museum, Hamilton, Ontario, Musee Leon Dierx, Reunion Island, Kawasaki City Museum, Tokyo, Museum of Art, Auckland, FRAC du Rhones-Alpes, France, FRAC de Franche-Comte, Musee d’art Contemporain, Dole, France, Musee van Hedendaagse kunst, Antwerp, De Werf, Aalst, Belgium, UBS, Geneva, Microsoft, Seattle and Hasbro Inc, New York.
For further information on David Mach’s talk entitled ‘A Belfast Belle’, contact the festival box office on +44 (0) 28 9097 2626 or log on to www.belfastfestival.com