Ready for Action
Ready for Action is a series of digital images that document the artist’s performative actions. Pursuing the theme of protection, Mark Newport has constructed a group of hand-knit superhero costumes modeled after sweaters his mother made him as a child. For the culmination of Ready for Action, Newport photographs himself wearing these costumes and engaging in various character poses and performances, then digitally altering the photos to include elements of comic book art, such as thought balloons, narration, and action.
Keego Harbor, MI
Mark Newport’s visual art work, usually based in objects, has been exhibited widely at galleries in Seattle, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and New York. Internationally he has shown at the Mitterand Gallery in Geneva and the UK. Newport has been awarded working residencies at Yaddo and Western Washington University in Bellingham. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Arizona State University in Tempe and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.