David MachPostcard Piece 1985

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David Mach (born 1956)
Postcard Piece
Date 1985
MediumPostcards on paper and photographs, colour, on paper on hardboard
Dimensionssupport: 1525 x 1525 mm
Acquisition Presented by Carol and Neville Conrad 2001
Not on display


David Mach's Postcard Piece is a wall mounted collage depicting a turbulent sea scene. The image is built up from multiple layers of cheap tourist postcards and colour photographs stacked side ways on, often as much as twelve deep. They are arranged curving eddies to create an undulating surface that evokes water. The layers are held together by staples with the occasional screw and the work is mounted on a hardboard panel. Isolated in the midst of the wave-like surface is the tiny green figure of a fisherman about to catch the periscope of a surfacing submarine with his rod. The sides of the cards have faded over time so that the undulating surface is a yellow colour. The title, Postcard Piece, literally describes the materials that make up the collage. However, the title may also allude to the maritime subject of the work. The sea, with all its romantic connotations, is a common theme for tourist postcards… (read more)

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