Marcus is the creator of SQUEEZESHOT—original works of prose (the Squeezeshot Saga), art, photography, video, verse, and web and ebook design, often in combination. His principal venues include this website, two illustrated ebooks (of part of the Saga), and a more-or-less monthly newsletter (you can subscribe here), all of them his creation. In addition, he displays his art and photography in juried exhibitions in galleries and online.
At the heart of SQUEEZESHOT is the Squeezeshot Saga, a fiction that may be coming true for us all. It imagines a profound and perhaps likely technological development that could (will?) turn everyone’s lives inside out. To develop that premise, it integrates text (prose, some verse) with more than a hundred works of art, photography, video, and audio.
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 a 2017 Special Issue of the ART Habens Contemporary Art Review: a 24-page article about SQUEEZESHOT, with a dozen artworks and an interview by the curators. To view the article and the rest of the Review, click here. (Best viewed fullscreen, as a two-page spread.)
In the Spring 2017 Maine Arts Journal: two artworks — Seeing Things Your Way and Self/Other Box.
To view many of the works mentioned,
see EXHIBITED IMAGES & POEM, below.
- Lightfall, at Emerging Artists, the Cambridge (MA) Art Association’s 2017 Summer Exhibition, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, July 6-28, 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 29-May 13 (Event: Saturday, May 13, 6:00-9:00pm).
- 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 8 – May 5, 2017.
- Newton Spring Open Studios, April 2017.
- 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 (below) 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 (below) 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 (below) 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 (below) 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) (below) 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 (below) 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? (below) 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 (below) 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) (below) was chosen for the Salon section of the show.
- Disenchanted at Wish You Were Here (below) — 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, below) 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.”
On the Street (Red)
at the Fall Juried Art Fest
(click to enlarge)
Providence, Rhode Island
Newburyport (MA) Art Association
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn
Fort Collins, Colorado
New York City
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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). 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 dozens of colleges and universities, broadcast networks (CBS Radio, NBC Olympics, ESPN), radio and TV stations, recording studios, bands (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Boston, 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), Dostoevsky, Kafka, Tolstoy, Frost, Lao Tzu, Beethoven, Mahler, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Dylan, The Beatles, Stones, 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.
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