Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Photos: The Knitted, Fuzzy Superhero Costumes of Mark Newport

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Mark Newport: Self-Made Man opened to the public on Friday night at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis County. Newport knitted superhero costumes for this exhibition, and even donned one -- appearing "in character" -- during the opening reception on Friday.

RFT calendar editor Paul Friswold writes in his preview of the exhibition's opening: And while there is no denying that finding Captain America's iconic duds in a gallery is just plain cool, there's also something alarming about the way the costumes hang limply, empty of the human form that gives them life -- even if it is a fictional life. (Read the full preview here.)

Mark Newport as Sweaterman, knits while in-character on Friday night. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Mark Newport as Sweaterman, knits while in-character on Friday night.
Photgrapher Emily Good brings back these photos from the opening reception. In them, you can spot Newport in a light-blue knit jumpsuit.

Before leaving the gallery space Friday, these people gathered around to watch this Newport knit some more. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Before leaving the gallery space Friday, these people gathered around to watch this Newport knit some more.
"Sweaterman" watches over the opening of Mark Newport: Self-Made Man that opened at the Laumeier Sculpture Park. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • "Sweaterman" watches over the opening of Mark Newport: Self-Made Man that opened at the Laumeier Sculpture Park.
The Y-Man outfit hangs on a wall, waiting for people to come and admire the hand-knitted details.  - PHOTOS: EMILY GOOD
  • Photos: Emily Good
  • The Y-Man outfit hangs on a wall, waiting for people to come and admire the hand-knitted details. 
Comic books are also a part of the exhibition; some have knitted covers. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Comic books are also a part of the exhibition; some have knitted covers.

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