Marcus Newton is an artist living, working, and teaching in Binghamton, New York. His artwork employs a combination of photography and other image processes. Through exploring cultural symbols of natural beauty such as those found in tropical nurseries, artificial plants, and wilderness attractions, he engages the medium of photography for its role in both constructing and dismantling myths of paradise. He has a deep interest in a nuanced wilderness. One that grows between the cracks in sidewalks and along the contours of civilization. He also keeps a short list of favorite bogs in his area and has been a skateboarder for 20 years.

Constructed Paradise 2014 ©Marcus Newton

Marcus’ work has been exhibited both nationally and in Canada. He earned a Bachelors of Arts from Brevard College (NC) and his MFA in Photography from The Savannah College of Art and Design (GA). Marc currently works as the Photography Specialist/Digital Media Technician at SUNY Binghamton, where he also teaches photography.

 

Project Statement:

The body and the land together have a deep shared history of providing for each other’s nutrience and balance. In “Constructed Paradise” this idea is confronted by the encroachment of modern human surrogates in seemingly undisturbed landscapes. As they traverse and engage their environment, a new set of impossible standards dictate the form and function of the land. Like the thought of a pristine wilderness can elicit visions of Paradise, the reality is self defeating and self indulging.