Born 1969, USA. Lives and works in Miami.
In his sculptural installations, Mark Handforth uses objects from public space, which he deforms and reworks into new perspectives and functions.
This we see in works such as a monumental hanger with its own personality, a crying neon moon, or as in this exhibition: a bent and exaggerated lamppost. The lamppost is from a series with similar lampposts where all of them are bent and where some of the laps are lit. By processing the objects in this manner and relocating them into unfamiliar surroundings, the sculptures are often perceived as humorous and mysterious. Furthermore, Handforth’s monumental sculptures are reminiscent of earlier artists such as Claes Oldenburg, who also enlarged familiar objects in his art, while the painted and bent metals can resemble the crashed cars by John Chamberlain.