Single-channel 3 / Part 2: Time and Circumstance
Mark Newport, Heroic Efforts, 2009
August 3 - October 28, 2012
Video gallery / Richard Meier building
The second work in this series, Mark Newport’s Heroic Efforts, 2009, pokes fun at our superhero obsessed culture, and explores the complex gender issues that surround heroism (the artist’s subject) and knitting (his medium of choice). In this fast-paced video, Sweaterman (a superhero of Newport’s creation) attempts to knit a force field, intended to protect those around him. His unhurried technique, calm surroundings, and cozy-looking costume stand in humorous contrast to the crescendo of the background music and our own expectations of how a superhero is supposed to behave. Will he finish his force field in the allotted time, or remain quietly knitting in his rocking chair?