A brilliant choreographer of space and matter, Blass, who holds an MFA in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal, is known for her quirky sculptures, and the theatricality of her shows is unquestionable. Following her first solo exhibition in New York City last November, in this eclectic show Blass combines staged scenes with art objects in a ‘performance’ perfectly suited to Parisian Laundry’s vast exhibition space. Théâtre d’objets incorporates puppetry, with objects from the artist’s studio coming to life; shadowy actors assisting in the presentation, as much props as manipulators of such. As in most of her production, sophistication meets kitsch, fantasy flirts with reality, and all is imbued with the artist’s irreverent sense of humour - just recall her swamp-creature in Rodin’s Thinker pose (L’Homme paille) or a muscular figure constructed of artificial black hair, feet clad in dainty black high heels (L’Homme souci). Her other production, more fused with serious studio practice, demands deeper introspection on the part of the viewer, subverting our reading of the objects she presents. The latest exhibition offers an exciting variety of works, from the aesthetically sublime (Orca Gladiator) to the architectural (Portrait de pont à poutre en porte à faux), and includes pieces commissioned for Public Art Fund’s year-long exhibition at the Metrotech Center in Brooklyn, New York which run from 2012 to 2013. Together with the animated works, Blass’ exhibition is bound to appeal to a wide public, versed or not in the endless possibilities of contemporary art.

 
VALÉRIE BLASS
Théâtre d’objets

Parisian laundry
3550 St-Antoine Ouest
Montréal
www.parisianlaundry.com(lien externe)

January 16 - February 15, 2014

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Meuble mécanique, 2012
Bronze,objets trouvés, plâtre
203,2 x 137,2 x 68,6 cm
Photo credits: Guy l’Heureux

 
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Orca Gladiator, 2012
Polystyrène, plâtre, Magic Sculpture, cuivre
228,6 x 137,2 x 78,7 cm
Photo credits: Guy l’Heureux

 
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Portrait de pont à poutre en porte à faux, 2013
Polystyrène, peinture acrylique, impression jet d'encre sur papier, colle, plâtre
55,9 x 88,9 x 76,2 cm
Photo credits: Guy l’Heureux

 
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She’s a nympho, I’m a therapist, 2013
Polystyrene, acrylic, paint, porcelain, plaster,
144,8 x 45,7 x 53,3 cm
Photo credits: Guy l’Heureux

 
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