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Mark Newport Explores Modern-day Heroes in Laumeier Exhibition

ST. LOUIS, MO.- Laumeier Sculpture Park presents Mark Newport: Self Made Man, an exhibition that explores the role of modern man and modern-day heroes. Opening February 5 and continuing through May 9, 2010, Newport’s human-scale, hand-knit superhero costumes, photographs, video and embroidered comic book covers will be shown in the Park’s indoor galleries. The artist will perform “in character” at the February 5 opening reception and will also present a gallery talk on Saturday, April 3 as well as participate in the Knit-In @ the Park special event the same afternoon. Mark Newport is a man who knits like no other. The Michigan-based artist creates human-scale, acrylicknit superhero costumes that question the role of heroes in contemporary culture. Some of these costumes reflect the comic book legends that many of us grew up with. Newport also expands on the genre with creations of his own. Batman and Captain