Mark Handforth is recognized for his large-scale sculptures that suggest freeze frames in a state of jaunty tension. In these works Handforth twists mundane markers of modern life into an evocative series of symbols and ciphers. Working in the fertile conceptual space between Minimalism and Surrealism, Handforth manipulates form, material, context, and especially size. Thus transformed, his chosen cultural signifiers take on a new and alien life. With his expansive repertoire including variations on recurring motifs such as coat hangers, traffic signs, lamp posts, and even such simple elements as stars and rope, Handforth rescales, recolors, and literally twists what might otherwise be so unquestionably familiar as to be ignored. These symbols of domesticity, reappropriated and stripped of utility, exist as a series of oblique totems that read playful, provocative, and even menacing by turns.

Born in Hong Kong, Mark Handforth now lives and works in Miami, Florida. He has participated in exhibitions at such institutions as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Villa Croce, Genova, Italy. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. 

Born 1969,  Hong Kong. Lives and works in Miami, FL.

EDUCATION

1988-92                  
The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, United Kingdom
1990-91                 
Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Analog Spring, Sant'Andrea de Scaphis, Rome, Italy (forthcoming)

2016                           
Smoke, Museo d’arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, Italy
Snow White and Pink Panther, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2015                         
The Excentric Circle
, The Modern Institute Aird’s Lane, Glasgow, Scotland

2014                         
Rough Dark Diamond, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Sidewalk Island, Governors Island, New York, NY
Black Star, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York
Man in the Mirror, The Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

2013
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy

2012
L’Etoile de Bagnolet, Permanent installation, Place de la Porte de Bagnolet, Paris, France

2011
Rolling Stop, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, TX
MCA Chicago Plaza Project: Mark Handforth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2010
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

2009
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

2008
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

2007
Platz, Galerie Eva Presenhuber/Tessinerplatz, Zurich, Switzerland
Concentrations 51: Mark Handforth, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

2006
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Mark Handforth – No, The Modern Institute, offsite, Glasgow, Scotland

2005
Stroom, Den Haag, Netherlands
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (cat.)

2004
Wrong Gallery, New York, NY
Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

2003
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Lamppost, a Public Art Fund commission, New York, NY

2002
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy

2000
Free Bird, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

1998
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (with Dara Friedman), NY 

1997
Miami Arts Project, four bus shelters for Metro-Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL

1996
she is stupid I am worried, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami (with Dara Friedman),
not from where I’m standing, Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

1994
Cheap, Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami Beach (with Adam Kuczynski), FL

1991
Galerie Krieg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Poitou-Charentes, France

2015
La Joie de Vivre, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France
Ugo Rondinone: I John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Love Story – Works from Erling Kagge’s Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

2014
Blackout, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Natura Lapsa, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France

2013
Retour du monde, Publicly commissioned art on a Paris tram route, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Marseille-Provence 2013, place François Villon, Aix en Provence, France

2012
Mark Handforth, Mark Lecky, Kerstin Brätsch, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Luminale Midwest: Sunlight on Cold Water, Kunsthalle Detroit, Detroit, MI
Hors les Murs, FIAC Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

2011
Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom
American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

2010
Born in Dystopia, Rosenblum Collection, Paris, France (cat.)
At Home/Not at Home, Hessel Museum of Art, New York, NY
Ghost Colour, Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium

2009
Tonite, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi/Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
We Are Sun-kissed and Snow-blind, Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Paris, France

2008
Pivot Points: Defining MOCA’s Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
The Freak Show, Musée de la Monnaie, Paris, France
The Complexity of the Simple, L & M Arts, New York, NY

2007
Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Jubilee Exhibition, House Eva Presenhuber, Vnà, Switzerland
Château de Tokyo/Tokyo, Redux, Ile de Vassivière, France
From Site to Site: Light Art in Parks, Villas, and Museums, Internationale Lichttage Winterthur, Switzerland
The Freak Show, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

2006
The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
5 Milliards d’Années, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
La Force de l’Art, Le Grand Palais, Paris, France
Optik Schröder, Sammlung Alexander Schröder, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (cat.)
Boomerang, Swiss Institute, New York

2005
Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
Lotissement de Cimaises, Villa Arson, Nice, France

2004
Never Never Landscape, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany (curated by Kirsty Bell)
Terminal 5, JFK Airport, New York, NY
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
It’s all an Illusion, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Keep Your Head to the Sky, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY 
Genesis Sculpture, Domaine de Pommery, Reims, France
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2003
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Coollustre, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
It Happened Tomorrow, Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Breathing the Water, Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
20th Anniversary–Welcome home, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

2002
My head is on fire but my heart is full of love, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

2001
Humid, The Moore Building, Miami, (curated by Dominic Molon), FL
Lokalzeit, Johanniterbrücke, Basel, Switzerland

2000
Making Art in Miami: Travels in Hyperreality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Deja-Vu, Art Miami, Miami, FL (curated by Amanda Cruz)

1999
Heads-up, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Leftover Festivities, Nature Morte, Delhi, India (curated by Clarissa Dalrymple)

1998
new art: south florida, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (cat.), FL
Oriental Nights performance, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

1997
Bobois, Galerie Krinzinger, Art Miami, Miami, FL

1996
Joint Venture, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

1993
Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1991
Zwischen Dürer und Holbein, Städel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany