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Art at the Morse Institute

Ryan Black

Main Level Galleries
I love talking about art. I love jargon and references and challenging viewpoints and deciphering meaning in other artist’s compositions. But any artist that talks about or attempts to explain their own work is in disservice to this industry because, to paraphrase Francis Bacon, explanation doesn’t deepen the mystery. Everything to know about my paintings is either there on the canvas or it isn’t. If I had to give one statement about my education in art, and insight into the work I try and create, it would be that capturing and conveying a likeness, which is how I was taught and was always very important to me, interests me less with every passing day. Technology has given us endless ways to capture the objective world. I’m interested in a personal, subjective take. But old habits die hard. Hopefully it’s there on the canvas.

John Sherffius

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, Lower Level
GLACIERS IN PLANE VIEW: A Window Seat Perspective On Greenland’s Endangered Treasures
In August of 2019, my family and I were returning home to Boston after a memorable vacation in Scandinavia. On the flight back, I was lucky enough to get a window seat on our plane out of Copenhagen. It was a sunny, mostly cloudless day. The Atlantic Ocean was a brilliant blue, and the view at 37,000 feet seemed limitless.
With the plane’s live flight tracker, I began following our slow arcing path across the ocean. As we approached Iceland, it was easy to spot the island’s coastline in the distance. And to my pleasant surprise, I could even pick out a few far-off glaciers. After passing Iceland, our plane soon flew directly over a large swath of the southern tip of Greenland, giving passengers a spectacular bird’s eye view of massive glaciers. It was an unforgettable, awe-inspiring tour.
But at the same time, that tour was also extremely distressing. There were huge amounts of ice flow ‘run off’ breaking away from the glaciers, and in some cases trailing off for several miles before disappearing into the Atlantic. Clearly, something was wrong. And it didn’t take a glaciologist to conclude these massive ice rivers were slowly shattering and melting away.
In the years since, there has been no need to leave home and take a flight over Greenland to see or experience the consequences of climate change. The frequency and intensity of storms, fires, floods, and extreme temperatures has affected every corner of the globe.
Unfortunately, in ways big and small, every one of us - myself definitely included - has contributed to the crisis. After all, the panoramic view that inspired this exhibit was made possible by air travel, which is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
Creating each painting in this exhibit has made me reflect on the beauty and fragility of our planet. I hope they do the same for you.

John Sherffius is a Hopkinton-based artist. For much of his career John worked at various newspapers, creating everything from infographics, locator maps and logos to caricatures, story illustrations and editorial cartoons. After leaving journalism in 2011, he has continued to explore different mediums, particularly painting.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John also called St. Louis and Denver home before moving to Massachusetts 12 years ago with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

John Sherffius

Brown Elementary School Art Program

Atrium, Main Level

Natick Vintage Camera Museum

Main Level
The Natick Vintage Camera Museum is a community-friendly passion project by Natick resident, Scott Pressler. What started out as an interest in the form, function, and beauty of pre-digital photographic equipment, turned into a rescue mission for unwanted cameras and analogue image capture, development, and projection. Today, the collection consists of several hundred cameras and supporting equipment. The museum is located on the second floor at 5 Summer Street, Natick. It is open to the public from 10-5, Monday - Friday, and by appointment

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