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Master of Fine Arts


Visual Arts


David Merritt


The integrated article, along with an exhibition at Artlab Gallery, has three chapters. Chapter One is a comprehensive artist statement that examines my practice of contemporary painting and its relationship to visual and temporal perception and the disruption of it in urban crowd culture. Our simultaneous place in physical and virtual crowds as part of the everyday experience revisits 19th C. flaneurism and the act of seeing and being seen in public places through technology. Chapter 2 is the Practice Documentation consisting of a selection of images of paintings created during my MFA two year candidacy. Chapter 3 is the Case Study titled “Timely Landscapes” featuring Toronto painter Monica Tap. Her painting process engages the visual and digital perception of motion, temporality and the everyday commuter experience.

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