The Garden Urn

1996
Galvanised wire coathangers
220 x 182 x 182 cm
Edition of 1

T​he Garden Urn is a version of The Garden Urn with Fruit, and forms part of a series of works using wire coat hangers as the central material. The hangers interested Mach as both an accessible, found material and one that would help describe movement in his subject matter and dispel any allusion to ‘high art’ that the work might otherwise have. From afar, this appears to be a traditional piece of garden decoration. As the viewer approaches the urn, it becomes obvious that only the form is traditional. The Garden Urn is meant to be a funny, unexpected object.

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About The Artist

Mach is heavily influenced by Pop Art and consumerism, and employs a sense of drama, performance and unpredictability in his work. His work explores materiality on a monumental scale through the collation of mass–produced objects, most notably magazines, newspapers and car tyres to form large–scale installations. His work is representational, humorous, often controversial and uses scale in itself to deliberately overwhelm audiences. Mach’s practice subverts traditional meanings assigned to objects by re-assigning his objects with surreal and anarchic connotations. By creating new meaning and subverting what we consider fact Mach manifests work that confronts and surprises audiences and provokes a reconsideration of established perception.

David Mach

Born: 1956

Other Artworks by David Mach at CASS

1996

The Garden Urn with Fruit

The concept for The Garden Urn with Fruit is rooted in the overly–decorative, mass-reproduced garden urns that can be fo…

2003

Fire Breather

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