Mark Handforth

Mark Handforth

Born in 1969 in Hong Kong, China. Lives and works in Miami, Florida, USA.

 

A leading artist on the English art scene, Mark Handforth has gained international recognition from many individual gallery exhibitions and recently at the Modern Institute in Glasgow in 2010 and the Fondation Vasarely at Aix-en Provence in 2011. Skilful at misappropriating street furniture, Mark Handforth applies slight distortions to ready-made objects found in our cities: bent streetlights, Vespas covered with multicoloured lit candles, a telephone box lit with a red candle. Road signs, fluorescent light bulbs, manholes, tyres and street signs are also part of the aesthetic vocabulary that he presents with a certain subversive romanticism, tinged with sociological reality. Pop and minimal, his playful and progressive work is fuelled by historical references to art, like Dan Flavin’s fluorescent lights or Russian constructivist utopia, as well as personal ones. Cinematic accounts and questions of urbanity lend a far-fetched and luminous narrative mood to his exhibitions, where the “twisted” perception of reality invites contemplation of a somewhat desolate and nostalgic landscape, shown by the star or moon patterns displayed in his work. Distressed and tormented, his sculptures consist of miscellaneous assemblage and unstable equilibrium, yet they do not use violence or hostility; rather they represent the positive and generous shifting of the artist’s viewpoint on our everyday nature.