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Small Talk with Mark Handforth

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020
6:00 pm
- 6:45 pm

Hosted on Zoom

Meet the artist and sculptor Mark Handforth for Small Talk, an informal conversation happening on Zoom facilitated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá. The artist’s work Untitled (Silver Branch), 2016 is now on view in The Willfulness of Objects. 

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Untitled (Silver Branch)
, 2016

Black lava and travertine stone
100 x 80 x 80 in.
Collection of The Bass
Purchased through the John and Johanna Bass Acquisition Fund.

In his sculptural installations, Mark Handforth transplants familiar objects into unfamiliar surroundings in order to reveal something new about the ways in which these things exist and function in our everyday lives. Born in Hong Kong, raised in England, and based in Miami since 1992, Handforth revels in the skewed perspectives and unintended consequences that result from cultural migration and displacement.

Silver Branch combines an element of natural inspiration with the clear reference to the urban landscape — a real streetlamp. Light is a significant element in his practice, either cold and artificial when produced by neons or warm and immersive when colored candles are lit— it becomes a tangible element, part of the plasticity of the sculptures, transforming and substantially altering the perception of their forms.

By creating works ranging in size from intimate to monumental, Handforth’s sculptures generate a powerful energy that spreads throughout the space, creating a dynamic tension between the organic and the geometric, between concepts of change and immanence, the natural and the artificial, abstraction and symbolic representation.

Untitled (Silver Branch), 2016 is currently on view in the exhibition, The Willfulness of Objects.


Small Talk is our latest virtual series and, just like it sounds, we’re going informal. Join us on Zoom as we introduce and get to know the voices, faces and minds behind works currently on view and in the museum’s collection. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

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Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.


Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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