Mark Handforth at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago07/09/2011 - 10/10/2011
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Mark Handforth at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
July 09 – October 10, 2011
Handforth prefers working in outdoor public spaces without barriers, transforming the geometry of the MCA's building with his four playful installations. LampostSnake takes the material and scale of an urban street lamp and twists it into the form of a coiled snake with the head formed by the lamp. Exuberantly painted with bright colors, it not only contrasts sharply with the MCA facade, but also provides illumination at night.
Another work, Blackbird, takes the form of a giant coat hanger made from brass pipe hand-bent by the artist. This twisted shape is a metaphor for the sculptural process itself, as the bending and twisting of hanger wire is often the starting point for sculptors experimenting with new forms. Handforth's penchant for the surreal is displayed in another work, PhoneBone, that pairs a giant bone, similar to an oversized femur, with an equally out of scale bright yellow telephone handset. The handset cradles the bone as if thrown together by a force of nature.
The fourth and smallest piece, BeatProp, features a crumpled safety cone topped by an English Bobby hat cast in stainless steel and covered with layer upon layer of colorful paint.