Published by Silvana Editoriale. Edited by Ilaria Bonacossa. Text by Veronica Gonzales Pena, Mary Ceruti.
Miami-based sculptor Mark Handforth (born 1969) presents a surreal sequence of twisted lampposts, fluorescent mandalas, gigantic coat hangers and crumpled stars that form a narrative itinerary marked by the dynamic tension between organic and inorganic shapes, abstraction and symbolic representation.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by and Interview by Mirjam Varadinis. Essay by Eric Troncy.
When Mark Handforth turns the lights down, he turns them down all the way to the ground. Lamppost, from 2003, is a massive industrial streetlight, originally 45 feet tall, that is folded in two places so that its five-armed light cluster rests on the ground; it's one of a series that recalls the work of Martin Kipperberger, who bent a few lampposts in his day. Handforth's practice, illuminated in this monograph, employs everyday urban objects like benches, street signs, and Vespas (in addition to street lights) and recontextualizes them so that we see them anew. Light infuses almost all his works, which also include fluorescent-tube stars and circles in bright colors, adding a little South Beach flava to a Flavin quote.