(This post was previously split into three parts)

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When I was younger, I made drawings of cartoonish ducks as totemic figures: structures of strange power, power at odds with itself. Many years later, I’m revisiting this general idea. This video involves attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California—part of Disney’s official/sanctioned representation of Donald Duck—and coin-operated rides and a mural in a medical office window, shot in Brooklyn, New York: these are seemingly unsanctioned variants of the Donald Duck form. This footage, along with several short texts, is meant to raise questions around the ideological conflicts inherent in our culture’s long relationship with Donald, as well as the conflicted nature of mass fantasy in general. Official vs. unofficial; man vs. machine; human vs. animal. Ducks.

Anaheim footage shot in January 2012; Brooklyn footage shot in February 2012. This project is an entry in “QUACK 2012,” which invites artists to respond to How to Read Donald Duck, Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart’s classic 1971 anti-imperialist analysis of Donald Duck comic books.

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A simplified version. Donald Duck, in both sanctioned/official form and unofficial variants, faces off against himself.

(click above to see full image; printed dimensions: 19″x16″)

And so I ask you, which is the true duck?

Review: "I Am Still Alive" & "Staging Action"


(This article—a review of two exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art—was originally written for The Indypendent in March of 2011, but ended up not being published. Better lateā€¦)

Hunger Strike for the DREAM Act

A Note on Collaborations: Collaborations are, naturally, projects where I don’t presume to take full credit for the work. However, on this blog I will only post collaborations for which I feel I had a significant amount of creative responsibility.

Absence Box + a note on the type

There is a little grey box on the bottom of the right-hand menu; this is how it operates:

When I am working on art or writing, the box will be set to pulse, like so:

When I am not working on art or writing, the box will be left static:

When I am not able to accurately utilize the box, it’ll be turned off:

Hopefully, this box will act as a measure of accountability for me, and can also be a way for me to enact a sort of direct presence onto this cold expanse of pixels that you see here, in a way that’s somewhat more meaningful than a status update or something. Speaking of which…

…the handwritten typeface that appears throughout this website is a custom font, based on my own handwriting.

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I am Mike Newton, an artist living in New York City. This blog will be a space for me to post artwork, criticism and work-in-progress, experiment with ideas and revisit old projects and concepts.