The Garden Urn with Fruit

1996
Fibreglass
51 x 220 x 84 cm
Edition of 1

The concept for The Garden Urn with Fruit is rooted in the overly–decorative, mass-reproduced garden urns that can be found in garden centres, continuing Mach’s long fascination with kitsch. The shape of the urn was found in the gardens of Biddulph Grange, a National Trust property in Staffordshire. A copy of this urn was made by Mach in fibreglass and then displayed tipped over, spilling fruits on to the ground. Opulent and extravagant, The Garden Urn with Fruit carries a suggestion of the last days of Rome, or the biblical temptation of fallen fruit.

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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

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