blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



Disguise the Limits

The Hand Workshop Art Center's exhibition of work by New York artist John Newman, Disguise the Limits, coincides with the installation of his public art commission for Richmond's new Main Street Station. For that downtown site, Newman created a 22-foot-high airborne sculpture entitled Skyrider, which now floats beneath the crisscrossing network of overpasses and train trestles across from the station. He used an earlier piece, Homespun (with travel notes), as a conceptual point of departure, translating its component parts into monumental forms fabricated in aluminum.

Ashley Kistler

Below you will find more by Kistler on the work of John Newman, documentary photographs of the Hand Workshop exhibition, and a link to "The Genie of the Station." This last section is devoted to Skyrider, a public sculpture suspended beneath Interstate 95 in Richmond, Virginia and includes commentary, still images, and a featured video of Skyrider's installation.

John Newman's Disguise the Limits showed at the Hand Workshop Art Center in Richmond, Virginia, from November 14, 2003 - January 18, 2004. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of CSX Corporation.

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