Marcus is the creator of SQUEEZESHOT: digital art (painting, drawing, photography, graphics, video), literature (prose—the Squeezeshot Saga—and verse), and music.
His principal venues include this website, YouTube, two illustrated ebooks (parts of the Saga), and a monthly newsletter. He also displays his art and photography in juried exhibitions in galleries and online (EXHIBITIONS, below), open studio events, and as outdoor public art. SQUEEZESHOT was chosen for 20+-page articles (here and here) in the ART Habens Art Review, and his work has appeared several times in the Maine Arts Journal.
The SQUEEZESHOT.org website has received visitors from every state and the District of Columbia, and 114 countries. It has been admitted to Artbase, the Rhizome database of new media art (“contemporary art engaged with technology and the Internet”). Rhizome is an affiliate of the New Museum in New York City.
- Landscape Invitational (Newton, MA)
- FenceART Public Art Project (Newton, MA)
- Griffin Museum of Photography Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition (Winchester, MA)
- Newton Open Studios Winter Juried Show
- RED, Cambridge (MA) Arts Association national juried exhibition
- Three summer shows at the Corner Gallery, Washington, Maine
- The Annual Maine Photography Show (3 times), Boothbay Harbor, ME
- art open houses in Newton, MA.
- Cambridge (MA) Art Association’s Summer Exhibition,.
- ART Off The Wall, Brookline (MA) Arts Center
- Newton Open Studios Spring Juried Show
- annual Newton, MA Open Studios, 2016-present.
- Up/Rooted, national juried exhibition at the Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
- ITERATION, a National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 263 in Cambridge
- Gallery 263’s Fall Regional Juried Exhibition
- Beyond Choreography: Visual Interpretations of Movement, Art League Rhode Island’s Regional Juried Exhibition
- Gravity, Brookline Art Center National Juried Exhibition
- Newburyport Art Association Annual Regional Juried Show
- Harlow Gallery’s Annual Regional Juried Show, Hallowell, Maine.
- PIVOT, Newton Open Studios Spring Juried Exhibit
- LOVE, an exhibit in honor of Valentine’s Day, at the NewTV Gallery, Newton, MA
- Newton Open Studios Fall Juried Art Fest
- Annual Postcard Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
- Saving Beauty, art show to benefit the Somerset Woods Trustees and Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Canaan, Maine, 2015
- School of the International Center of Photography SLIDEFEST: [IN]FLUX, New York City
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, in English and Dramatic Arts; and the NYU School of the Arts, where he earned an M.F.A. in Theater and Film Directing.
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) and a feature film involving many denizens of Andy Warhol’s Factory. 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 rock 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 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 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.