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New work, gallery and studio updates and upcoming events.


Recent Collages

Abraham Lincoln, 2014, found paper collage, 30" x 36"

Abraham Lincoln 2014


Untitled (Sprite Flag), 2014, found paper collage, 36" x 24"

Flag Collage


Teddy Roosvelt, 2014, found paper collage, 30" x 36"

Teddy Roosevelt




Far (mobiles) installed at the University of Barcelona

Following the September-October installation of Far, John Morse's two-part solo exhibition (a gallery show of seven mobiles and a terrace installation – the "Lighthouse" – of a wind-powered sculptural work) at Arts Santa Monica on the Ramblas in Barcelona, the studio is pleased to announce that the gallery mobiles are being installed at the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona), one of Spain's oldest and most revered institutions of higher learning. The mobiles will be featured throughout the university's Biblioteca de Filosfia, Geografia e Historia, in the Raval neighborhood near Plaza Catalunya at Calle Montalegre, 8. 08001 Barcelona.


Far ("Lighthouse") to be installed on the northern Mediterranean coast

The sculptural segment of the Arts Santa Monica exhibit, a wind-powered "lighthouse" installed on the museum's terrace overlooking the Ramblas, is slated to be relocated in the coastal town of Cadaques in northern Catalunya next to the Mediterranean sea. Though Cadaques is small, it is a renowned art mecca best known as the home of Salvador and Gala Dalí and often visited by Picasso, Duchamp, Richard Hamilton, and Melina Mercouri.

This video of the Far lighthouse at the Arts Santa Monica, features the music of Ford Rogers, who composed a new work "Far Cry" in conjunction with the installation.


NYC DOT Gets "Blotto"

Update: Now you can get your own copy of "Blotto". The New York City DOT has placed tear-sheet tablets of the image all around the city and encourages residents to take one for themselves as a reminder to not drink and drive. Installation locations are shown in the below map image.

Launched in June 2013, a new PSA public installion for the New York City Department of Transportation featuring John Morse's "Blotto" is being shown on 4' x 3' posters at city-owned parking garages and 140 telephone kiosks in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Based on the personality/intelligence inkblot tests made famous by Rorschach over a century ago, the image aims to prod self-realization of the dangers of drinking and driving. A Brooklyn news site describes it as "Arty, Terrifying."

Blotto Phone Booth

A Blotto installation on a phone kiosk in Brooklyn Heights, June 2013. (Photo courtesy Steven R. Smith.)

Blotto Campaign, NYC DOT, 2013

The campaign's phone kiosk version. Other venues include posters at city-owned parking facilities, Jumbotrons at the stadiums of New York's minor league baseball teams in Staten Island and Brooklyn, as well as every coaster and napkin served with beverage at baseball games this summer.


"Up" Goes Up on Moreland Avenue

Up, 2011

Up, 2011

Up 2011, painted wood, 10' x 1'

In 2011, Flux Projects sponsored a sculptural installtion by Charlie Brouwer, Rise Up, at Freedom Park overlooking Moreland Avenue near the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. To create the project, the artist asked area residents to donate or loan ladders, including handmade ladders. For his particpation, Morse created a handmade ladder painted in staggered black and white, a reference to both race relations and a strand of DNA, the common thread of humanity. In May 2013, Up was repaired, repainted and returned to Atlanta's Moreland Avenue near the intersection of Confederate Avenue, approximately three miles south of its original debut.



UPDATE: Curbside Haiku, originally intended to be a temporary, one-year installation, remains on the streets of NYC until further notice.

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan launched "Curbside Haiku" on November 30, 2011 with a press conference at the Studio Museum of Harlem.

Following John's winning of the 2011 Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Art Society in March 2012, in June the installation was named one of the 50 most outstanding public works in America by the Public Art Network, a program of the Americans for the Arts and the only professional network in the United States dedicated to the field of public art.

Dice Man Worst NYC Hotspot

The project features more than 200 metal signs in NYC's five boroughs, all featuring images and haiku by John Morse encouraging traffic and pedestrian safety.

The signs, 8" x 8" (and a few 18" x 18" versions posted at city-owned public parking lots), have the accompanying haiku text on a separate sign or feature a qr code that allows smartphone users to download the haiku to their mobile device. The installation will be on display in New York through October, 2012.

Click here to view all 12 haiku images and poems.

John was awarded the Municipal Art Society of New York's 2011 Brendan Gill Prize on March 1, 2012, for the Curbside Haiku installation. The prize is "...given to the creator of a work of art made during the previous year that captures the energy and spirit of New York City,..."


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