Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Can't Get It Out of My Head

Hip Hurray!

I have been live sculptured by Laura, to be punched at after my existence...

Laura, my stereo-model at Sculpture class has completed her clay head of me.

My clay head and me from the side

From the front as well

Thanks Laura... you're next ;o)

After I had tidied up the mouth the following pictures show the result of Laura being clay modeled by me.

Some more detail in the hair to wrap things up!

Head and skull side view

Head and skull front view

Eyes done by punching holes in the clay eyeballs

Mouth much more in proportion, although nose is still big...

Close up of the 'pupil', little thick eyebrow


Next, we will have to make a head (again!), but this time we will use cardboard as our building material. We have only started to cut the cardboard to manageable pieces...

Cardboard cutting


I'd like to introduce a Scottish sculptor, David Mach.

Mach studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (now a school of University of Dundee), Dundee, Scotland from 1974, graduating in 1979, then at the Royal College of Art, London between 1979 – 82. Following several shows and public installations, Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988. In 2000 he joined the Royal Academy of Arts as Professor of Sculpture.

Leading contemporary installation artist and sculptor David Mach is to become the University of Dundee's first Visiting Professor of Inspiration and Discovery.

A face all made out of metal (coat) hangers.

"The first sculpture I made with coathangers was a mask of Hugh Cornwell, the Stranglers lead singer and songwriter, and, true to form, each coathanger had to be individually shaped and bent and welded several times to its neighbour. First the head had to be modelled, then a mould made of it, and then a hard plastic form created around which the coathangers could be formed. That basically is how each coathanger construction works, no matter how big or small." - David Mach

Some of his public and large scale work follows:

Polaris top view

A submarine ('The Polaris') all made out of car tires.

An early influential sculpture was Polaris, exhibited outside the Royal Festival Hall,South Bank Centre, London in 1983. This consisted of some 6000 car tyres arranged as a lifesize replica of a Polaris submarine. Mach intended it as a protest against the nuclear arms race meant to stir controversy. A member of the public who took exception to the piece tried to burn it down; unfortunately, he got caught in the flames himself and suffered fatal burns.

A temple also made out of car tyres.

Three Heads, made out of metal and iron scrap material, placed along the Motorway ...

"The Big Heids use containers as a base. This time, simple enough, three boxes upended as giant plinths, appropriate to me because where the sculpture stands on the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh was a vast producer of British Steel." " - David Mach

The Heids themselves are made up of thousands of individual pieces of steel; round bar; square bar; I beams; tubular sections, all individually cut and welded together to form these three portraits.

carefully crafted...

The Heids feature two men and a girl and are loosely based on actual portraits of people picked at random from the streets of Motherwell.

Marquette of tumbling phone boxes

Tumbling phone boxes in public space.

In Kingston one finds "Out of Order", a permanent artwork by David Mach.

Cars in a torrent caused by newspapers...

Suspended in what looked like a lava flow of magazines were half submerged objects. In such works Mach's critique of consumer desire and overproduction took on a new twist.

"The magazines were brown and fleshy. They created a pattern like an animal skin or snakeskin or the patterns on the wings of a butterfly. They stretched out evenly over the gallery floor in a repeat pattern. They were not fixed in any way so that they could move, they were fluid.

When I got home to London I tried the same effect with a smaller material - playing cards. Literally recreating the effect, I built the cards up in a wall and then dropped them down, this time over a prepared board. I then stretched the cards like a skin over the board. The cards behaved like liquid, it was like stretching paint over a surface. I was very excited by the possibilities of this fluidity, of this animation. " - David Mach

Pouring from an invisible space within the building, the torrent appears to be taking the gallery over, suggesting some nightmarish scenario in which hidden surpluses burst forth carrying all obstacles in their wake.

A train all made out of stone bricks.

Carefully design and produced by many people in a team.

A Fire blower, with fire made out of silk!

See more on David Mach at http://www.davidmach.com

We do not compare (yet) to the size and diversity of material David has been using. Still he has set a good example of what are the possibilities.

Go out and make your own sculptures, Weeee !

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