ARTIST IN RESIDENCY

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VALÉRIE BLASS
In residency from January to April 2018

Born in 1967, Montreal (CA). Lives and works in Montreal.

The recent works of Valérie Blass are filled with a dual tension that contrasts the notions of visibility and invisibility, as well as the boundaries between volume and surface. Her sculptures, whose anthropomorphic postures tend toward abstraction, arise out of deliberately unstable representations: the unity of the work is conceived so that it slips away, is transformed and then re-formed according to the viewer’s positions and movements. The referential impact of the representation is made denser this way, and the sculpture acts as a plural entity.

Valérie Blass was born in 1967 in Montréal, where she lives and works. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2015); Artspeak, Vancouver (2015); Parisian Laundry, Montréal (2014); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2012); The Hole, New York (2013); and Galeri Manâ, Istanbul (2013). Recent group exhibitions have been held at: the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2015); Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles (2015); Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal (2014); Public Art Fund, New York (2013); MetroTech Center, Brooklyn (2013); Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON (2012); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2011); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2009). Valérie Blass was the recipient of the Prix Ozias-Leduc from the Fondation Émile-Nelligan in 2016.


Installation view, To only ever say one thing forever the same thing, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, 2015