19 July 2012

Through the door, line on the left, one cross each. Thank you.

Golgotha, David Mach 2011
Absolut Festival Gallery, Galway Shopping Centre, Galway, Monday July 16th
Summer in Galway is an impressive thing, even if the weather never fails to disappoint.

This year the Volvo Ocean Race kicked off the festival season as the 1% of the 1% sailed in to town to remind the rest of us why they aren't worried about climate change and peak oil (clue: they all have giant sailboats that will whisk them away to their private island retreats that, with a bit of luck, are just high enough to remain above water come the great glacial melts), and this was followed by the Film Fleadh which then morphed on Monday morning into the Arts Festival, which should take us through to our own local 1%-Stock, the brown envelope affair formerly known as "The Fianna Fail Tent" and now just called the Galway Races.

Detail from Golgotha, David Mach 2011
Absolut Festival Gallery, Galway Shopping Centre, Galway, Monday July 16th
If you are in Galway and wondering what to do with your time, I can whole-heartedly recommend that you take a wander along to the David Mach exhibition, Precious Light, at the Festival Gallery in the Galway Shopping centre.

Situated in a disused big box store, the massive space houses an overwhelming number of collages and wire sculptures by the Scottish artist that you really can lose yourself in. Drawing on the King James Bible for inspiration, the material is not going to be to everyone's taste, and the giant trio of crucified figures made from wire coat-hangers, Christ and the two thieves literally hung out to dry, is sure to provoke strong reactions in the casual viewer who accidentally walks in on their way to Lidl.

Detail from Golgotha, David Mach 2011
Absolut Festival Gallery, Galway Shopping Centre, Galway, Monday July 16th
The gallery also features works and installations by Brian Maguire, Joe Comerford, Marina Abramovich and others, but none come close to the impact of Mach's pieces. The venue itself is surprisingly good, the space lends itself well to the scale of the exhibition and the folks curating IMMA's current sojourn at the National Concert Hall would do well to take note.

If you do pay a visit, keep an eye out for Mach's piece entitled Hell Dublin, which although has nothing to do with the sadly defunct Kiwi pizzaria, does do a good job of portraying a typical Saturday night in Temple Bar.

Links
More photos of the show can be found here.
More information about the exhibition can be found on the Galway Arts Festival site here.
Information on the creation of Mach's Precious Light can be found on his site here.

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