Once fancied as a pastime only for little old ladies, knitting is now a hobby taken up by younger and younger people — of both genders. Men's hands are capable of working the needles, too, of course, and some men, such as Mark Newport, freely put their own stamp on the craft. This Michigan-based artist transforms yarn creations from practical pieces to whimsical artworks when he creates wearable full-body superhero costumes that celebrate everyone from Batman to Sweaterman. Self-Made Man, Newport's current show at the indoor galleries at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278 or www.laumeier.org), features these snuggly superhero ensembles as well as embroidered comic-book covers and more. The show is on view at Laumeier through Sunday, May 9, and the exhibit is augmented by a gallery talk with the artist, happening today at 1 p.m. In addition to this inside walk-and-talk, the sculpture park hosts a Knit-In immediately following, during which Newport will hang out with area needle wielders while they work on their own knitting projects and undoubtedly feel inspired by the sculptural surroundings. Admission to both the talk and the knitting session is free.
Sat., April 3, 2010