Mark Handforth's "Lamppost", Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park
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Roving Rube
'03 May 18

Rube's Notes:

As was the case yesterday, this picture is not exactly what it seems -- no way the Rube could get such a good close-up of a streetlight without a tall stepladder!

Doris C. Freedman Plaza is named for the founder of the Public Art Fund, and there is almost always art on display there.

Mark Handforth's Lamppost pieces -- a recurring subject throughout his career -- are made from the same gigantic industrial fixtures that go almost unnoticed high above our heads on streets and highways. ... [here] the large features of the grounded lamp seem absurd, bordering on surreal, as if Lamppost were an enigmatic prop leftover from a movie shoot. The red lights, which replace the more standard yellow sodium bulbs, produce an ethereal glow. In his wide ranging artistic practice, Handforth extracts utilitarian and found objects from everyday life, recasting them in new ways that emphasize their formal qualities. Viewing the world as full of limitless sculptural possibilities, Handforth has created works that improve upon treasured pop icons -- as in Vespa Fountain (2001), a motorbike transformed into a misting fountain -- and resuscitate junked technology, as in Dish (Social) (1996), a deactivated satellite dish turned communal lounge chair. (PAF site)


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