Exhibition Preview: MACH-MANIA/THE DAVID MACH SHOW, HK

MACH-MANIA/THE DAVID MACH SHOW at the Opera Gallery Hong Kong features smaller-scale pieces representing the “genius of recycling”

(Our interview with David Mach in Hong Kong is HERE)

“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.”

That’s renowned Scottish sculptor, installation and collage artist David Mach describing his creative process. It’s enough to grab any art-lover’s attention and leave them wanting to learn more. His past works have utilized unexpected materials like matches, car tires, scrap cars and more to create pieces vivid in color and texture. This month he’s headed to Hong Kong to inaugurate his major solo exhibition.

MACH-MANIA/THE DAVID MACH SHOW at the Opera Gallery Hong Kong features smaller-scale pieces representing the “genius of recycling.” Portraits of icons like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop made entirely of matchsticks are among the works. So are two-dimensional exhibits of Superman and Captain America pieced together from hundreds of postcards.

While this upcoming exhibition focuses on smaller works, Mach is well known for large installations such as Polaris, a nuclear submarine recreated using thousands of tires. Another installation, this one a 60-meter long train, is comprised of 185,000 bricks.

Mach began experimenting with the techniques that have since made him famous at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1974. Following graduation he moved onto the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a Masters Degree in the early 1980s. Part of his creativity can be traced back to his unique and cultured upbringing in Scotland. His mother was an extremely avid reader and loved films. His father told stories of family members’ struggle to survive concentration camps in Siberia.

MACH-MANIA/THE DAVID MACH SHOW at the Opera Gallery Hong Kong kicks off with a media preview and opening night party November 22nd and runs until December 12th. More information can be found at operagallery.com.

Photos courtesy of Opera Gallery/Richard-Riddick (David Mach portrait)