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David Merritt Canadian, 1955
graphite and coloured pencil on wove paper 128.5 x 442.5 cm Purchased 2010
National Gallery of Canada (no. 43048)
Since 2005 David Merritt's "chart drawings" reflect his interest in drawing as a form of mapping. His monumental "untitled (hey)" began with his curiosity regarding what had been "called" by the salutation "hey" in popular song. He explains the drawing as "a single line cast out from the root speech sound that splits and compounds as it moves (left to right as in our alphabet's custom) to its various projected destinations. I playfully arranged the destination names to allow for an unfurling of movement across a range of divergent logics ..."