Whatever your religious persuasion, these sculptures scream pain and horror. Looking at them closely makes me wince, but there’s no denying that David Mach’s series of works ‘Golgotha’ was spectacularly executed at this year’s annual Edinburgh Art Festival. For the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Mach’s exhibition, entitled Precious Light, examined and modernized the themes in the scripture through 70 pieces of collage and sculpture.
The non-religious Scottish artist constructed the ‘Golgotha’ series out of thousands of repurposed coat hangers, welded together around a plastic positive and then nickel-plated. Mach said, “When we see those thousands of hooks that appear in such a construction, we provide our sculpture with an aura—a double image, something that is difficult to read and to see. … The sculpture might look as if it has a vibration or, at any rate, it animates the sculpture.”
Historical note: Golgotha was the site, outside of ancient Jerusalem’s early first century walls, where the crucifixion of Jesus is said to have occurred.