Mark Newport, Batman 2, 2005, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2005, Mark Newport, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund, 2010.20
A superhero's sleek suit generally functions as a shield from injury, but the only protection that Newport's homey outfits offer is from the cold. They underscore the false security promised by fantastic beings. Far from skintight, the suits droop and sag. When displayed on a hanger they are lifeless, shroudlike vestments that seem to mock the implied physical power of the familiar emblems and color schemes. Though the artist creates them to his own proportions, their misshapenness indicates that they will fit no one well and everyone adequately. This is evident in Newport's prints, which are visual narratives about characters wearing his costumes. The artist sometimes knits in public while wearing one of his knitted suits. He performs in the everyday arena transformed by his dress; the most ordinary locales have the potential to be his stage.
Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 exhibition label
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- Not on view.
76 x 26 x 6 in. (193.0 x 66.0 x 15.2 cm)
© 2005, Mark Newport
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund
- Cartoon – comics – Batman
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