Handforth adds that he purchased several of the motorbikes at the City of Fountains' version of the Opa-lockaHialeah Flea Market. "It was called the Porta Portesi, and like Hialeah, you could find all kinds of stuff there, so I bought a few Vespas to bring back home to make work with.
"You light these candles on them and the Vespas become these beautiful, ever-changing things that are like nature and always transforming organically as the candles drip wax and reference Rome's fountains pouring liquid that freezes into these molten forms like a growing fungus. It's all about change and those forms that sit between the liquid and the solid."
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York
"Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop": Through February 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211; mocanomi.org. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 general, $3 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12, MOCA members, and North Miami residents and city employees.
At MOCA, Handforth convinces that he has an unpredictable gift for playing with quicksilver to create works that transport viewers to unexpected realms.
His homecoming is an eyeopener of the first order and a rare opportunity to experience the work of a transcendent Miami talent whose art is in hot demand in cultural capitals around the globe.