Zurich

Mark Handforth

Kunsthaus Zurich

The Hong Kong–born, Miami-based sculptor Mark Handforth has on occasion referred to his exhibitions as “landscapes.” The description is apt, given that he often grafts a specifically urban vernacular onto a unique brand of formalism, not only to summon such art-historical precedents as Mark di Suvero’s and Anthony Caro’s metallic structures but also to make clear turns on the project of Minimalism—on Donald Judd and Dan Flavin in particular. Whereas Judd’s forms often invite circumambulation, allowing viewers to discover what had been hidden bays, for example, Handforth will twist the frame of a large highway sign (such as Untitled Silver Sign, 2005, in this show) so its face flattens against the floor like a wilted flower, one corner mischievously folded back, as though hinting that some crucial directive to the viewer may be concealed underneath. And whereas Flavin typically held the

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