About the Artwork
Mark Handforth’s sculptures are meticulously crafted, but deliberately imperfect, often containing a wry humour and poetry in their references and arrangement in space. Harlequin Four is a large, fourteen-foot, freestanding sculpture, towering over the viewer and delineating in muscular calligraphy, an ad-hoc number four. Its harlequin colours and staggered light fixtures act like a beacon in the urban landscape.
The form of the ‘4’ is recurrent in Handforth’s work, and he describes it as being ‘the beginning of every drawing’, as well as an incomplete star.
There is much symbolism in this number, for example it is considered a number of “being”, the number that connects mind-body-spirit with the physical world of structure and organisation. Likewise, the use of lights is a commonality throughout his practice, in the form of candles, reflective neons and fluorescent lights. Handforth cites the way that the landscapes of artificial light that many of us live in, “means that night just becomes a different kind of day”.
Courtesy the artist and Modern Art, London. Photo: © Nick Turpin
Painted aluminium, waterproof fluorescent lights
426 x 70 x 260 cm