David Merritt’s practice operates in the diminishing space between human made and natural systems. His drawing, sculptural and multimedia works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and TENT CBK, Rotterdam. A touring survey exhibition, shim/sham/shimmy was circulated by Museum London in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the MacLaren Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2010. Merritt lives in London, Ontario, where he teaches at Western University in London. His work is represented by Christie Contemporary, Toronto.
Gallery Representation: Christie Contemporary, Toronto, Ca. (www.christiecontemporary.com)
Selected Solo Exhibitions
SWRV, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Ontario, 2017
saer, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, (June 2014)
David Merritt, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, Ontario, (June – July 2011)
Shim/Sham/Shimmy, One person survey exhibitions at Museum London (July – Nov.
2009), the Art Gallery of Hamiliton (2010), and the Art Gallery of Windsor (2010).
New Drawings and Sculpture, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, Ontario. 2007.
twix, TENT, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, Netherlands. March-April 2002.
passim, Galerie Articule, Montréal, Québec. 1999.
mater, University Art Gallery, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.A., 1997.
littera, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta. 1998. (catalogue) London Regional Art and Historical Museums. London, Ontario, 1997.
Present Tense: David Merritt', Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, 1996.
Unswept Room, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. 1992.
Common Knowledge, Permanent Installation, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON.
The Magic Voice and Geometric Solids, London Regional Art Gallery, London, 1988.
Permanent Installation and Exhibition, Embassy Cultural House, London, Ontario, 1987.
One Blind Eye, Embassy Cultural House, London, Ontario. 1986.
Phantasiebildung, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario. 1985.
Tides of History, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1983.
Imagining Life Below and Beyond the Horizon, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS. 1983.
Compensation, YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 1980.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Imago Mundi, Venice, Italy, Upcoming Spring 2017, Curated by Francesca Valente and Peggy Gale
À la Recherche, Open Studio, Toronto, ON, Curated by Barbara Balfour, January 2016
A Gust of Wind, DNA Artspace, Curated by Patrick Mahon, September 2015
Signs and Symbols, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2015
You Really Got a Hold on Me, Curated by Marnie Fleming, Oakville Art Galleries, June 2014
Voyager: Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, and Patrick Mahon with Stowaways, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, 2013
More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), The Power Plant Plant, Toronto. Curated by Micah Lexier, 2013
Volume, Hear Here, Barnicke Gallery and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Curated by Christof Migone, 2013
Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Oakville Art Galleries, Curated by Jon Davies, 2012
Builders, 2012 Canadian Biennial, curated by Jonathan Shaughnassy, October 2012
Fray, Textile Museum of Canada, and Koffler Gallery, Toronto. Curated by Sarah Quinton and Carolyn Bell Farrell, 2006.
Côté de Art + Projects, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, Québec, February 2006.
In Line, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, Ontario. December 2005.
Beyond Bounds, Art in London 1970 – 1987, Museum London, Curated by Robert McKaskell, 2005.
Loose Ends/De Toutes Piéces, (Kai Chan, David Merritt and Martha Townsend), Galerie Laine et Danny Taran at the Centre des Arts, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal, Quebec, curated by Renée Baert, January 2005.
Outline in Black, Theilsen Gallery, London, Ontario. Curated by Jamelie Hassan.
Petal Pushers, Oakville Art Galleries, August, 1999. Curated by Marnie Fleming.
Ellipsis, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NewYork, November
1999. Koffler Gallery, Toronto. Curated by Carolyn Bell Farrell, January, 1999.
International Artists Writing Reading Room, Sidestreet Projects, Santa Monica, California. 1996.
Significant Details, Glendon Gallery, York University, Curated by Carol Laing, Toronto,
Under a Canopy of Blue?, McMaster Museum of Art. Curated by Kim Ness, May 1991.
International Exhibition of Artists' Bookworks, Biblioteca Sormani, Milan, Italy. 1987.
Encounters and Inquiries, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, curated by
Marnie Fleming, December 1986.
Interpretation of Architecture, YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Curated by Andy Patton, 1986. (Catalogue)
People, Places, Things, YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Curated by Elizabeth MacKenzie, 1986.
Research and Discovery, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario. Matthew Teitelbaum, 1986.
Amanda OPPEDISANO. Liquidation. Consumerist Impulses in Contemporary Sculpture Practices. (Supervisor) MFA
Andrew PATTON. A Painter's Brush That Also Makes Poems: Contemporary Painting After Northern Song Calligraphy. (Supervisory Committee) PhD
Janice GURNEY. AN Alliance of Fragments: Actor-Network-Theory and the Translation of Things (Supervisor) PhD
Kevin RODGERS. Out of Order: Thinking Through Robin Collyer, Discontent and Affirmation (1973-1985) (Supervisory Committee) PhD
Diana YOO. Across Boundaries: A Temporary Memorialization Project for the Korean-Canadian Diaspora (Supervisor) MFA
Michelle MCGEEAN. Tit for Tat: (Re) Production in Sculpture and Architecture (Supervisor) MFA
Corinna GHAZNAVI, - Animal: A Curatorial Approach (Supervisory Committee) PhD
Jason HALLOWS. Demonstration. The Table in Contemporary Sculptural Practices (Supervisory Committee) PhD
Jamie Q. MFA. DIY: Politics and Aesthetics in the Margins and the Mainstream
Nicole RAYBURN. MFA
Andrew MACDONALD. Fragments. The Fragment in Recent Sculpture and Installation Practices. (Supervisor). MFA.
Liv BONLI, Down the Dark Hall, Up the Stairs.. Critical Nostalgia in Contemporary Art, (Supervisor) MFA.
Blair FORNWALD, Between Nothing and Something.. Performative Practices and the Infra-Thin (Supervisor). MFA.
Steven LAURIE, Celebratory Angst: Performing Masculinity. (Co-Supervisor). MFA.
Amy HARRISON, Childlikeness. Visual Constructions of Childhood in Western Culture. (Supervisor). MFA.
Alex HOMANCHUK, The City Will Recall,. Photographic Production, Surveillance and Tactics of Resistance. (Supervisor). MFA.
Pamela WILSON, Appropriation and Irony: Postmodern Elements in the Work of Three Contemporary Canadian Artists, (Co-Supervisor). MFA.
Pedro CORREIA, By Design: Ornament and Fascism, (Co-Supervisor). MFA.
Larry GLAWSON. Photography, Sex and Dancing. Sexuality, Ideology and Photographic Representation. (Supervisor). MFA.
Paul DREOSSI, Blood, Sweat, and Gears: An Examination of Performed Representations of Masculine Subjectivity. (Co-Supervisor).
Mark SCHILLING, The Spectres of Brecht and Benjamin: “New” Media, Access, Resistance. Contemporary Media Production in context Walter Benjamin’s and Bertold Brecht’s Media Theories. (Supervisor). MFA.
Maymee Ying LUM, Filum. Photography and Memory. (Supervisor). MFA.
Christine SHAW, Locomotion. Interactive Strategies in Sculptural Practices (Co-Supervisor). MFA.
Christy L. THOMPSON, Carrying Wet Laundry & Starting Fires. Meaning Production in Contemporary Installation Practices. (Supervisor). MFA.
Kim D. GRAHAM, (in) between the space(s) of terror I find fragments of my memory. Trama and Representaion. (Co-Supervisor). MFA.
VAS 9541/9543 - Graduate Studio Seminar
VAS 9521b - Extemporal (Special Topics Graduate Studio)
VAS 545b - Dust Tracks (Special Topics Graduate Studio)
VAS 4430 - Practicum
VAS 3300 - Advanced Drawing
VAS 3382 - Honours Studio Seminar 2
VAS 2282 - Honours Studio Seminar 1
VAS 2210 - Introductory Drawing
VAS 394/494 - Special Topics (Contemporary Drawing Practices)
VAS 1025 - Advanced Foundations Visual Arts