Photos: The Knitted, Fuzzy Superhero Costumes of Mark Newport

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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.


Sweaterman continues to watch over the people at the indoor gallery, where he gauges the reaction to him, and the work of his alter-ego, Mark Newport. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Sweaterman continues to watch over the people at the indoor gallery, where he gauges the reaction to him, and the work of his alter-ego, Mark Newport.
Not wanting people to know his identity, Sweaterman doesn't speak to people, but instead hands out handwritten coupons for a protective gesture. However, the coupon is only good for that night. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Not wanting people to know his identity, Sweaterman doesn't speak to people, but instead hands out handwritten coupons for a protective gesture. However, the coupon is only good for that night.
Sweaterman stands guard and moves to different spots to make sure no danger is near by.  - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Sweaterman stands guard and moves to different spots to make sure no danger is near by. 
A woman comes up to Sweaterman to receive her coupon of protection for the night. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • A woman comes up to Sweaterman to receive her coupon of protection for the night.
Other framed art is displayed, like this one. which came courtesy of the artist and Lemberg Gallery. Which can partly explain why the artist can knit so quickly, so he can join in the fight to protect people. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Other framed art is displayed, like this one. which came courtesy of the artist and Lemberg Gallery. Which can partly explain why the artist can knit so quickly, so he can join in the fight to protect people.


The covers are put together in sets of three, so people can see the details that can be found in the comic book covers. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • The covers are put together in sets of three, so people can see the details that can be found in the comic book covers.
Some people aren't sure what to make of the exhibit and look at the costumes with a questioning expression. Some people don't understand that Argyleman is trying to save the world. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Some people aren't sure what to make of the exhibit and look at the costumes with a questioning expression. Some people don't understand that Argyleman is trying to save the world.
People enjoyed having the chance to see a lifesize costume of their favorite super-heroes and lingered at the ones they seemed to enjoy the most, such as Batman. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • People enjoyed having the chance to see a lifesize costume of their favorite super-heroes and lingered at the ones they seemed to enjoy the most, such as Batman.
Even the icons that make the costume are precisely knitted. The color can often suggest the hero, but when you see the Bat symbol there's no question in your mind about the hero's identity. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Even the icons that make the costume are precisely knitted. The color can often suggest the hero, but when you see the Bat symbol there's no question in your mind about the hero's identity.
At the Bobbleman costume Sweaterman stands guard, still handing out protective gestures to anyone who needs one. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • At the Bobbleman costume Sweaterman stands guard, still handing out protective gestures to anyone who needs one.


A family gathers around the costume of Captain America to take in the figure of the superhero. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • A family gathers around the costume of Captain America to take in the figure of the superhero.
A mother brings her daughter to see the costumes, as her daughter appears to admire the costumes and the mother inspects the knitting. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • A mother brings her daughter to see the costumes, as her daughter appears to admire the costumes and the mother inspects the knitting.
Another onlooker looks at the comic books upon entering the gallery. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Another onlooker looks at the comic books upon entering the gallery.
On closer inspection, it's possible to see the details that went into the covers and the precision that they take to create. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • On closer inspection, it's possible to see the details that went into the covers and the precision that they take to create.
Most of the people come up to Sweaterman for a protective gesture, but others come up to snap a photo of Newport in-character, as he looks out for the people in the gallery. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Most of the people come up to Sweaterman for a protective gesture, but others come up to snap a photo of Newport in-character, as he looks out for the people in the gallery.
Admirers of the Argyleman suit whisper about the knitted work and details of the suit. - PHOTO: EMILY GOOD
  • Photo: Emily Good
  • Admirers of the Argyleman suit whisper about the knitted work and details of the suit.

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