David Mach is live streaming the installation of his latest epic newspaper sculpture

28 April 2017
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David Mach: Bangers n Mash (Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2002)

Turner Prize-nominated artist David Mach is currently installing his latest epic sculpture at Griffin Gallery and live streaming the installation process on YouTube. His solo show at the London gallery is his first in seven years, and will feature his first new newspaper piece in 15 years.

The sculpture will be made from 20 tonnes of newspaper, designed to look like a “wave of paper exploding through one of the gallery walls and cascading through the room, engulfing objects whole such as cars, furniture and airplanes”, explains the gallery.

According to the artist the work will be largely improvised on site, taking shape while being built, which viewers will be able to witness via the live stream. He began work on 24 April and expects the installation to take three weeks. The gallery will also be open during the process for visitors to witness IRL.

David first used newspaper in his artwork for Bangers n Mash, a huge, amorphic mass of paper dotted with shells of old cars, that snaked through the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow in 2002. “Everybody at this time was making permanent works,” David explains. “Sculpture that was a solid form, welded together. I wanted to make something that would certainly appear solid but that couldn’t be lifted up and carried away like an object.”

His assemblages also incorporate other mass produced objects such as match sticks and coat hangers, while his 1989 public sculpture Out of Order comprised 12 red telephone boxes.

David Mach is on at Griffin Gallery from 11 May – 7 July 2017. You can view the installation live stream below.


David Mach: Adding Fuel to the Fire (Metronom Gallery, Barcelona, 1987)


David Mach: Here to Stay (Tramway, Glasgow, 1990)


David Mach: Like a Virgin (Ujazdwski Castle centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 1993)


David Mach: The Great Outdoors (Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 1998)


David Mach photographed by Peter Searle

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