David Mach – interview: ‘I tried to make myself known as an ideas monger’
David Mach speaking to Studio International at his London studio, January 2023. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
Before his show Heavy Metal, now on at Pangolin London, we spoke to Mach about what fuels his inclination to work at scale and the importance of necessary extravagance when making art with the stuff of everyday life, from matches to shipping containers as well as architecture
Portrait of Jenkin van Zyl. Photo courtesy the artist.
The artist and film-maker guides us through his fantastical world of dancing rats, pneumatic tubes, dance marathons and inflatable hellmouths.
Victoria Sambunaris. Untitled, (rider), Joshua Tree, California, 2021. Copyright Victoria Sambunaris. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York.
In panoramic scenes of the Californian desert, Sambunaris captures the vastness and grandeur of the land, seeing it through the lens of social, political and environmental concerns.
Osman Yousefzada. Photo courtesy the artist.
He has dressed Beyoncé, wrapped Selfridges in Birmingham in a giant canvas, had a solo show at the V&A and written a memoir about his childhood as the son of immigrant parents. Here, he discusses his multidisciplinary approach to work and trying to open up ideas about culture.
Pierre Dunoyer. Photo: Laurent Lecat.
For his first solo exhibition in France in more than three decades, the French artist is celebrated through a retrospective of 14 paintings. He talks about his career and explains how working with young schizophrenics led to him overcoming his fear of becoming a painter.
Luca Massimo Barbero. Photo: Fredrick Nilsen Studio, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.
As the second in a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to Lucio Fontana takes place at Hauser & Wirth New York, Luca Massimo Barbero, who curated it in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, explains why the artist is so important and what the three shows hope to achieve.
Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II, 2004. Oil on board, 51 x 51 cm. Ben Uri Collection. Acquired for the Ben Uri Collection in 2006 through the support and generosity of the Art Fund, MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Daniel and Pauline Auerbach, Frank Auerbach and Marlborough Fine Art London.
A virtual exhibition that leaves one visitor feeling more like a student on completing an essay than a gallery-goer having had a visceral encounter with 18 fabulous works of art.
David Altmejd. The Man and the Whale, 2022. Expanding foam, epoxy, glass eyes, acrylic paint, coloured pencil, steel, concrete and wood, overall: 174.6 × 60 × 57.3 cm (68 3/4 × 23 5/8 × 22 9/16 in). © the artist. Photo: © White Cube (Theo Christelis).
The Canadian sculptor welcomes visitors to his uncanny menagerie, filled with human-hare hybrids, creatures with multiple faces and disembodied mouths.
Sabine Marcelis. Photo: Cleo Goossens.
The Dutch designer talks about her installation at the Vitra Schaudepot, which shines a fresh light on the collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and explains how her passion for sport and nature has informed her work.
Uta Barth. Sundial (07.4), 2007. Chromogenic prints. © Uta Barth.
Leaving the buzz to the glamorous new spaces that international mega-galleries are opening in Los Angeles, an exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the Getty Center is introducing the next generation of collectors to a new way of seeing.
Zineb Sedira talking to Studio International, London, December 2022. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
Sedira discusses her acclaimed French Pavilion for the 2022 Venice Biennale, as well as how the sea became a leitmotif for transnational identity in Can’t You See the Sea Changing?, her solo exhibition at De Le Warr Pavilion and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Forrest Bess, Untitled (Rainbow with Arc), n.d. Oil on canvas, unframed: 25.2 x 30.5 cm (9 7/8 x 12 1/8 in), framed: 27.4 x 32.9 cm (10 3/4 x 13 in). Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. Photo: Robert Glowacki.. Courtesy Modern Art, London.
An alluring and alarming exhibition gathers the work and words of Forrest Bess, postwar America’s strangest visionary artist.
Jim Eyre. Photo: Ben Bisek.
Jim Eyre discusses working with – and creating - landmark structures, Battersea Power Station’s reinvention, how to avoid being starchitects and the steady growth, collaborative model he and his founding partner, Chris Wilkinson, established.
Saba Farhoudnia: Reflection. Installation view, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY. Photo: Farzan Ghasemi.
Reflecting on violence, particularly against women and minorities, Farhoudnia’s paintings force us to see that the stories depicted in her works concern all of us and that we should not take freedom of choice for granted.
Anna Park. Last Call, 2021. Charcoal on paper on panel, 80 x 180 in. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles / New York / Tokyo.
Park is a prodigiously talented young artist whose charcoal drawings pulsate with manic, freakish figures and imagery from the internet and contemporary culture in a social comment on the modern American dream.
Thomas Cooper Gotch, Alleluia, exhibited 1896. Oil on canvas. Tate.
An exhibition that educates and enchants in equal measure, showcasing works by the ‘third wave’ pre-Raphaelites, who explored the spiritual, the subconscious, the social and the symbolist.
Sam Jury, This You Must Remember, 2022. Installation view, Cultural Centre of Belgrade. Three channel video installation with sound by Rob Godman, 39 min. Photo © Sam Jury.
War in Abkhazia in 1992-93 resulted in deaths, displacement and the loss of its national archive, wiping out centuries of material. In this exhibition, film-maker Sam Jury, composer Rob Godman and poet Anton Ochirov dig into conceptual notions of a ‘post-conflict’ scenario.
Hernan Bas. Conceptual Artist #5 (A budding gilder, his dying houseplants get the Midas touch), 2022. Acrylic and genuine gold leaf on linen, 183.5 x 152.7 cm (72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in). © Hernan Bas. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.
A wryly humorous new series of works by the Miami-based painter introduces his fictional menagerie of eccentric and obsessive conceptual artists.
Michele Allen, The Weight of Ants in the World, 2018-ongoing (detail). Installation view, Hinterlands, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2022. Photo: Veronica Simpson.
An excellent curatorial approach draws you in to this wonderfully immersive exhibition celebrating the landscape of the north-east of England.
Shōji Hamada. By kind permission of the Hamada estate.
This show explores the works, friendships and shared practices of Hamada and Bernard Leach as well as other eminent artists working in craft and design in the 20th century.
Ai Weiwei, Fly, 2019. Iron, cast from giant tree root sourced in Brazil. Image courtesy Eden Project.
Tune in to being a tree, explore the world through the ‘eyes’ of a potato … Rather than dwelling on our devastation of plant life and biodiversity, this exhilarating show offers constructive ways to connect with nature.
Grace Ndiritu talking to Studio International at The Healing Pavilion, Wellcome Collection, London. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
Ndiritu talks about her show at the Wellcome Collection, where a Zen Buddhism-inspired temple allows visitors to contemplate her tapestries Repair and Restitution, and explains why reshaping the role of museums is so important to her.
Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery at MIMA. Photo: Rachel Deakin.
This beautifully curated show includes everything from Rie’s practical domestic objects, such as casseroles and teapots, to her elegant signature vases and neat footed bowls. There are even pieces she brought to London in her suitcase as she fled the Nazis in 1938.
Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope, installation view. © Tate Photography, Madeline Buddo.
This show covers the full span of the Polish artist’s career and the extraordinary sculptures, called Abakans, that she fashioned from organic material, alongside films, archival images and extensive quotations from Abakanowicz herself.
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