‘Visual metaphors’ and ‘life puzzles’ on display

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Thirty-four paintings and six sculptures created by Michael Morris, who’s moving from Bethel to Mississippi, are on display this year at the G&B Cultural Center at 49 New Street.

Morris’s paintings depict the environmental state of the world — mass-produced, wrapped in plastic, disposable, and dotted with soda cans, yet full of vibrant color and bittersweet, dream-like beauty — and invite thoughtful reflection on the modern condition and reactions to its mixed possibilities and disappointments, promises, and threats.

The type of paintings Morris creates fall under the massurrealism genre, an art form rooted in the interplay between mass media, pop art, contemporary culture and surrealist imagery.

“Thinking and feeling are the two major aspects of all our existence. I work to create art that does both,” Morris told The Bulletin.

“I look for ways to intrigue viewers with visual material that puzzles and has mystery that captivates.”

Morris has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Kansas State University, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts with a focus on sculpture from Yale University. His paintings have appeared in several group shows and solo exhibitions throughout Fairfield County.

By seeing his paintings and sculptures, Morris said he hopes people “fall in love with the visual metaphors and life puzzles” that he’s built into his works.

Members of the public can view Morris’ paintings at the G&B Cultural Center Sunday through Saturday, 10 to 4.

Information: 203-544-0056, gbartcenter@gmail.com.

To learn more about Morris and his work, visit artistmichaelmorris.com.