Mark Handforth’s Two Old Bananas presents the tactile form of a pair of over-ripe fruit, vastly enlarged and rendered in the incongruously industrial aesthetic of cast aluminium. Towering over the viewer at a height of three metres, the sculpture elevates the familiar, challenging perceptions and traditional modes of experience.
Two Old Bananas is one of a number of recent works by Miami-based Handforth that signifies his shift in focus from urban spaces and situations, to organic objects. These humorous sculptures take everyday, often consumable, items such as bananas, cashew nuts or wishbones, and present them on a monumental scale. Informed by Pop art, as well as the Dadaist interest in mundane objects, the natural shapes of the bananas are formalized into a single minimalist, almost abstract form. Subtly referencing some of the major sculptural traditions of the twentieth century, the strangely melancholic Two Old Bananas succeeds in generating a disquieting yet playful sense of the surreal and absurd.