Marcus is the creator of SQUEEZESHOT—original works of digital art (painting, drawing, graphics, text), photography, literature (prose—the Squeezeshot Saga—and verse), and sometimes video and audio.
His principal venues include this website, two illustrated ebooks (parts of the Saga), and a newsletter. He also displays his art and photography in juried exhibitions in galleries and online (EXHIBITIONS, below). And recently there was a 24-page article about SQUEEZESHOT in the arts press (PUBLICATIONS, below).
The SQUEEZESHOT.org website has received visitors from every state and the District of Columbia, and 111 countries. It has been admitted to Artbase, the Rhizome database of new media art (“contemporary art engaged with technology and the Internet”) at the New Museum in New York City.
In 2017 and again in 2019 (biennial edition), SQUEEZESHOT was chosen for a 20+-page articles in the ART Habens Contemporary Art Review. Each article includes a dozen artworks and an in-depth interview by the curators.
- FenceART 2019 Rotating Public Art Project (Newton, MA);
- the Griffin Museum of Photography’s 25th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Summer 2019
- Upward in the Newton Open Studios Winter Juried Show, January-February 2019.
- Fingers in RED 2018, Cambridge (MA) Arts Association national juried exhibition, Fall 2018 (Juror: Dan Byers, Director, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University).
- Six works (Lightfall, Bending Birch, Among the Lilies, Migration, Deep In) in three summer shows (Lighten Up, Beyond Color, Summers End) at the Corner Gallery, Washington, Maine; June-September 2018.
- Afterlife at the 13th Annual Maine Photography Show — juried gallery show at the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation (BRAF) gallery, Boothbay Harbor, ME; (Juror: Peter Ralston); April-May 2018.
- No Way?, in Newton Open Studios’ 2018 Winter Juried Show in Newton’s City Hall, February 2018.
- Several dozen works of digital art and photography at 2017 & 2018 ART OPEN HOUSES, Newton, MA, with two other artists.
- Lightfall, at Emerging Artists, the Cambridge (MA) Art Association’s 2017 Summer Exhibition, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, July, 2017 (Reception: July 6, 6-9pm).
- Love That Dances Like Flame, at ART Off The Wall, a fundraiser and exhibition at the Brookline Arts Center, April-May.
- Lightfall, at Bouncing Off the Walls, the Newton Open Studios Spring Juried Show, April 27 through July 15 at NewTV Gallery in Newton. Exhibit theme: work that exudes energy and movement. Juried by Casey Curry, Exhibitions Manager of New Art Center.
- Five Islands Harbor at the 12th Annual Maine Photography Show — juried gallery show at the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation (BRAF) gallery, Boothbay Harbor, ME; (Juror: Marc Muensch); April-May 2017.
- Newton Spring Open Studios, 2016-present.
- Young At Heart and How Far at Up/Rooted, national juried exhibition at the Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA. (Juror: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons) March 17-April 21, 2017. Reception, Friday, March 17, 6-8pm.
- Roadside Below El Jadida, at ITERATION, a National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, February 9 – March 11, 2017. Selected by Boston-based artists Denise Driscoll (Fountain Street Fine Art) and Nathalie Miebach (Miller Yezerski Gallery).
- It Is Coming at Future Visions, Gallery 263’s Fall 2016 Regional Juried Exhibition. (Juror: Nancy Adams, MIT D-Lab & Mobius affiliate); Cambridge, MA; September–October 2016.
- Swimmer at Beyond Choreography: Visual Interpretations of Movement, Art League Rhode Island’s Regional Juried Exhibition. (Jurors: Bob Dilworth, artist/educator, and Audrey Monahan, photographer); Providence, RI; September–October 2016.
- Stone for Gravity, the Brookline Art Center’s 2016 National Juried Exhibition. (Juror: Katherine French, Gallery Director at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT; and longtime executive director at Danforth Art in Framingham, MA); Brookline, MA; June–July 2016.
- The Journey To at the Newburyport Art Association’s 19th Annual Regional Juried Show. (Juror: Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston); Newburyport, Massachusetts; May–June 2016.
- Driftwood (Owls Head) at the Harlow Gallery’s Art2016, 21st Annual Regional Juried Show (Juror: Bruce Brown of PhoPa Gallery, Maine Media Workshops + College, and, for twenty years, Curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ); Hallowell, Maine; May–June 2016.
- Before You Know It at PIVOT, the Newton Open Studios Spring Juried Exhibit (Juror: Casey Curry, Manager of Exhibitions, New Art Center); City Hall Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts; May–June 2016.
- Several dozen artworks and photographs at Newton’s annual Spring Open Studios show, April 2016.
- Three artworks, Dance, Love That Dances Like Flame, and How Do You Love? at LOVE, an exhibit in honor of Valentine’s Day, at the NewTV Gallery, Newton, MA, February–March 2016.
- Several dozen photographs and other artworks at the Newton Open Studios Fall Juried Art Fest; (Juror: Jessica Roscio, Curator, Danforth Art); City Hall, Newton, MA; November 2016. One photograph, On the Street (Red) was chosen for the Salon section of the show.
- Disenchanted at Wish You Were Here — Annual Postcard Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; July 2015.
- Photographs of Central Maine at Saving Beauty, an art show to benefit the Somerset Woods Trustees and the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, in Canaan, Maine, May–June 2015. The exhibition theme: “How do the lakes, forests and rivers of inland Maine inspire your work?”
- A photograph and poem (Lightfall and Alive) at the School of the International Center of Photography’s SLIDEFEST 2015: [IN]FLUX, New York City, Spring 2015. The exhibition theme: “Question the habitual and submit images that relate to the state of being [in]flux.”
Marcus was born in Maine. Son of an Army officer, he grew up in many parts of the U.S. and world (Yokohama, Paris, San Francisco, Washington DC, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Kansas, Georgia, New York).
He attended Amherst College, where he earned a B.A. with honors, and the NYU School of the Arts, where he earned an M.F.A.
Based in New York City, he spent a number of years playing leading roles in plays and films, directing several others, and co-producing a winter season at the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Stockbridge, MA). Between takes of films he was acting in, he took up the guitar and began writing songs and doing session work as a singer, guitarist, and drummer (dumbek, timbales, djembe).
He left the city for New England, embarking on a decade-long career as a songwriter and musician. He performed solo, in a duo, and fronting a band called Old Duh-duh. He recorded several records, and performed around the Northeast at music and arts festivals, colleges, clubs, bars, radio and TV stations, and elsewhere.
He also conceived and built Phonesong, a service that played his original songs to callers. It gained local and national media attention, and for several years attracted 15,000 calls a year.
In Boston, he began working in professional audio, providing sound equipment to professional users. In 1989, he founded Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA), which became (and remains) one of the nation’s leading professional audio suppliers to countless colleges and universities, broadcast networks (CBS Radio, NBC Olympics, ESPN), radio and TV stations, recording studios, bands (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Boston, Talking Heads, Cars, New Kids), symphony orchestras (BSO, NY Phil, Chicago), corporate AV departments, museums, government agencies (Library of Congress), opera companies (the Metropolitan), and others.
He sold the company in 2010, and resumed artistic pursuits, creating SQUEEZESHOT.
INFLUENCES & INSPIRATION
- beloved wife, children, grandchildren, parents, brother, pets, and other family;
- friends and neighbors, near and far;
- teachers at every stage;
- Beckett, Camus, Genet, Gide, Artaud, Picasso, Cezanne, Ray (Man), Cocteau, Yeats, Blake, Dickinson, Thoreau, Emerson, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Dante, Petrarch, Ovid, Milton, Joyce, Proust, Pirandello, Lorca, Williams (Tennessee), Lawrence (DH), Minions, Disney, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Raphael, Rodin, Wallace (DF), Baldwin (James), Dostoevsky, Kafka, Tolstoy, Frost, Lao Tzu, Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Dylan, The Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Bowie, Coltrane, Cage (John), Mantle (Mickey), Ruth (Babe), Bird (Larry), Santa, Homer (Winslow), Hokusai, Hiroshige, Basho, Austen, O’Neill, Welles, Bogart, Chaplin, Bruce (Lenny), The Beats, The Living Theater, Jefferson, King (ML), the Buddha;
- countless others: people, places, creatures, objects, works, myths, ideas, and other residents of the heart and soul.