Since 1931, the Palos Verdes Art Center Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education has been enriching the cultural climate of the community. Building a platform for arts engagement through exhibitions, arts education, and public programs, PVAC provides audiences with sustainable and transformative experiences. Showcasing a wide range of artwork, PVAC presents artists at all stages of their careers. Related educational programming includes guided tours, catalogues, lectures and workshops.
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Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to present an autumn suite of exhibitions devoted to textile arts. Sweaterman: AKA Mark Newport, The Living Room and The Judith Solomon Collection will open October 10 with a public reception 7 to 9 pm. A special preview reception for PVAC members and friends will be held 6 to 7 pm.
Drawing on memories of sweaters his mother made to protect him from harsh New England winters, Mark Newport is a visual and performance artist who interrogates gender roles and the fate of masculinity through his alter-ego: Sweaterman. Newport’s hand-knit objects are modelled on the body costumes of Marvel superheroes and are made of cheap, acrylic yarn in bright cartoon-colors—industrial product that contrasts with the natural materials often associated with fiber arts. As static sculptures, the suits hang “like deflated, empty skins, missing the capable macho body of the hero,” explains Newport. Knit versions of Batman and Captain America are joined by yarn superheroes of Newport’s own invention. As Sweaterman, Newport performs silently in crowds. Clad in a variety of suits constructed in detailed knitting patterns, he makes yet another protective covering to replace the confidence lost in an age of shifting identities. He does not speak, but remains intent on his knitting. The exhibition includes eight suits and five ink jet prints. Newport’s work has been widely exhibited and is included in many public and private collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Curated by Joe Baker