The exhibition features Mach’s interpretation of the King James Bible and comprises 10 monumental works from the artist’s Precious Light series, for which he was awarded the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award in 2011. The presentation at Dadiani Fine Art marks the first time the work will be shown in a London gallery.
Mach’s collages are both visceral and thought-provoking, portraying traditional stories and imagery from the bible ranging from childhood tales like ‘Jonah and the Whale,’ to overarching religious concepts like ‘heaven’ and ‘hell,’ and setting them against a modern-day backdrop, often with a healthy twist of irony.
The radical depictions reflect the title of the exhibition, Alternative Facts, in that they present a litany of semi-truths, an askew reconstruction of reality. In today’s political landscape, the hard line between truth and lies is increasingly blurred. In using the medium of collage, Mach is able to construct an alternative version of reality, just as politicians do with their words.
Ripe with colour, carnage and apocalyptic chaos, Mach’s epic scenes, set in various cities across the globe, are at once beautiful and devastating. An example can be seen in Jesus Walking on Water – Capetown (2011). Clear, calm, turquoise seas teeming with brightly coloured fish and coral make up the lower half of the work, contrasting sharply with the bedlam depicted above the surface of the water. A young boy in green swimming trunks walks across violent waves towards a sinking ship just ahead of him, its passengers battling to stay alive as seagulls swarm in the stormy grey skies above.
Throughout the series, the viewer is left to question the harmony of the natural world in contrast with the violence and disorder of humanity.
Says director of Dadiani Fine Art, Eleesa Dadiani: ‘We are thrilled to be able to debut David’s series of stunning collages at the gallery. Using the bible as his framework, the tempestuous work makes refreshingly bold statements about contemporary society, which resonate deeply in our current political and social climate.’