Welcome to Star Dog Studio and the art of John Morse.
New work, studio updates and upcoming events.
Luise Ross Gallery
Solo Show Opening May 2, 2013
511 West 25th Street #307, NY, NY 10001
Please Join Us for the Opening Reception, May 2, 7-9 PM. Featuring several large collages, including Groucho (2013, found paper collage, 38" x 54").
2013, found paper collage, 36" x 50"
Metallic Flag, 2007, displayed at West Fargo VFW Post #7564
One of John's Metallic Flags was featured at the North Dakota AMVETS State Commander, Auxiliary President and Sad Sacks recognition banquet, February 2013, West Fargo VFW Post #7564.
State AMVETS Auxiliary President Tyann Schlenker poses with a Metallic Flag at the West Fargo VFW Post #7564.
Cut and Paste: Contemporary Collage and Mixed Media
March 1 - April 12
Fulton County Arts & Culture and Abernathy Arts Center present selected artists from the Fulton County Public Artist Registery. The show features the 2007 collage series The Four Seasons, which was reviewed by Burnaway Magazine.
The Paper Chase: Celebrating 100 Years of Collage
Curated by John Morse and presented by the Grand Bohemian Gallery in conjunction with the Atlanta Collage Society.
"Return to Barcelona" Fall 2013
After six weeks in Barcelona Spring 2012, John returns for an installation at Arts Santa Monica at 6 Ramblas, near the Columbus statue next to the port at the foot of Barcelona's famed Ramblas, September 23-October 5, 2013.
Works will include a new series of collage portraits of Catalan luminaries in the cultural center's second floor gallery and a site-specific sculptural installation (see below) on the adjoining terrace overlooking the Ramblas and within eyeshot of the Columbus statue. Arts Santa Monica is a major Barcelona cultural center sponsored by the regional government, the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Simultaneously, a parallel solo exhibition featuring additional work by John will run concurrently at Raíña Lupa, a private gallery in Barcelona's artistic core on Consell de Cent.
The sculptural installation, entitled "Far" -- a reference to the Catalan word for "lighthouse" as well as the notion of creating an exhibition across the ocean thousands of miles away -- features a mirrored cube that bounces and reflects ambient light balanced en pointe on a 10-foot pole that spins using only wind power. The lower facets of the balanced cube will feature silver on mirror portraits of three Catalan luminaries, allowing the installation to serve as both an actual and metaphorical "beacon."
Here's a brief video of a half-sized maquett of the sculptural installation in testing in Atlanta fall 2012:
Inside Graces Atlantic Station
In this block-long installation at the base of a skyscraper at 201 17th Street, mobiles of silvery human figures only 2,000ths of an inch thick, their feet skimming the floor, drift gently through the space, moving shadows cast in mid-air, pliable reflections occupying space far beyond the space they occupy.
UPDATE: Curbside Haiku, originally intended to be a temporary, one-year installation, remains on the streets of NYC unti 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.
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.