READY FOR ACTION: RECENT WORK BY MARK NEWPORT
Knitted super hero costumes, embroidered comic book samplers and prints.
The Here Gallery, 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
Exhibition dates: 6th- 28th May 2006
Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday 12.30-6.30/ by appointment
Evening Private View: 6th May 7.30-10pm
Once again the innovative Here gallery in Bristol is delighted to pay host to an artist showing for the first time in the UK, this time it’s the turn of Arizonan Mark Newport to bring his art to Stokes Croft. Mark will be bringing a selection of his life-sized knitted costumes for super heroes, his hand embroidered comic books samplers and his most recent developments in the form of ink jet prints. This exhibition combines two of the strongest strands of Here’s identity- our passion for comics, and for knitting!
“Turning the superhero inside out is a way for me to present an understanding of masculinity”, says Newport. “Superheroes suggest strength, but knitting them or covering them with embroidery provides a softness that is contradictory to their image. Like the mild-mannered exteriors of superhero alter-egos Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, who morph into Batman and Superman respectively, these are not the trappings of rough-and-tough, super-powered individuals, but rather of the common male who plays his role in life with integrity, gentility and reliable consistency -- characteristics of masculinity often undervalued in our society.”
There will be a chance to knit and natter with Mark on the opening night from 7.30pm onwards, or join us for one of our regular ‘Stitch and Bitch’ meetings on Sunday 7th May from 2- 6.30pm. We will be hosting a ‘small-press soiree’ for all our favourite small press cartoonists on Saturday 13th May from 7pm to co-incide with the Comics Expo taking place in Bristol the weekend of 13th and 14th of May. All welcome.
If you’re travelling any distance, please do phone 0117 9422222 to check that the gallery is going to be open as we are staffed entirely by volunteers and do very occasionally have staffing difficulties.
I was over at the gallery this afternoon and the show is looking absolutely stunning. If you can't make it to the private view tomorrow night then there's plenty of time to catch it during the rest of May. If you're at all close to Bristol then I really recommend trying to see it, Mark's work is great and he's just on the cusp of getting reasonably well known in the art and knitting world. We are thrilled to be giving him his first UK show and it's a real coup for us. So hopefully as many people as possible will come along and see it. To that end, please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.