Et in Arcadia ego
April 4 - May 24, 2019
Marisa Newman Projects presents an exhibition of new large photographs by Mark Woods: Et in Arcadia ego.
The show gets its title from words written on a tomb in Poussin’s The Arcadian Shepherds. Their meaning, literally "and in Arcadia I," depends on whether they're meant by a person in the tomb or by Death itself. This ambivalence echoes another one: Landscape as a representational form has a long history of showing nature become history and history become nature. Woods's new pictures engage this dialectic via intimate allegories of mortality, commitment, and ecology.
An alternate title could be Setting. All of these pictures were shot within an hour of sunset, and all of them depict settings of another kind, too: small, contained spaces where experiences seem to have happened or about to happen; vacancies depicted absorptively by Woods so as to invite empathy and entry.
Mark Woods is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Art museums owning his works in their permanent collections include Yale University Art Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Arizona State University Art Museum. He has received artist's fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the NYU/Tisch School American Photography Institute. His photographs (in most cases his commercial photographs) are published in Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Frieze, The New York Times, Flash Art, W Magazine, BOMB, T Magazine (The New York Times Style Magazine), Architectural Digest, Art Review, The Gentlewoman, Condé Nast Traveler, TimeOut New York, The Brooklyn Rail, Tema Celeste, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and many others. He has an M.F.A. degree in Photography from Arizona State University and an A.B. degree in Philosophy from Harvard College.