Sean Newton studied at the Theatre Arts Performance & Design Program at Douglas College and painting and photography at the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr College of Art & Design). Through the early 80’s he exhibited in a number of group shows while living in Europe, and became a regular photographic contributor to the International Herald Tribune, A Touch of Paris and other periodicals. Upon returning to Canada, Sean ran a successful business creating hand-painted clothing and matching acrylic jewelry, exhibiting textile art and paintings in individual and group shows. He is currently the General Manager of Caravan Farm Theatre, one of Canada’s premier professional outdoor theatre companies, located in Armstrong, British Columbia.
Did you ever hear the story about how Mars was going to be so close to the earth that it would appear to the naked eye at the same size as the Moon? This idea started circulating in 2003 and is revisited every August when Mars reaches its closest orbit to the Earth. This idea is unique among urban legends because it does not consider events in urban space, but rather perpetuates an understanding of something remote – Mars as big as the Moon! This has entered popular imagination and returns each year, circulating through social media and word of mouth. As a legend, this narrative exists through a complex set of relationships where, society, science and knowledge intersect.
This installation is a collaboration between myself and artist Sean Newton. The show is the first in a series of collaborative projects planned on the same theme. Mars Moon Project: Ajijic runs until April 30, 2011 at the Centro Cultural de Axixic.