Description

Michael Merrill is interested in the way art can be defined by its context. He observes places devoted to the exhibition or production of art and portrays them in the manner of still lifes. Artist studios, storage spaces, galleries, museums and private collections provide subject matter for his work. Ducts (Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion) is part of a series of gouaches on the construction of a new building at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Based on a photograph taken by the artist, it conveys the captured likeness of storage areas and scaffolding with little painterly effect. Ducts is like a bridge between painting and photography, seeking to link its iconography to its future exhibition environment. M.-E. B.