An established painter, she is here showcasing her ceramic creations, objects impossible to define, and impossible to forget. Block creates oblique vessels of myriad shapes and sizes, working the clay with instinct as much as with hands. They feel ‘born’ rather than ‘produced’, huddled together on the floor of this amazing venue - a former Presbyterian church of Saint Paul - like some messengers from another realm, visitors, here but for a brief moment. The surfaces of the vessels are punctured with hundreds of tiny holes, and lit from inside, illuminate an entire universe of patterns. Like a milky way, they spill their light, flickering beyond our perception. Titled Prayer for the Planet, Block’s installation speaks of her interest in Eastern philosophy, and is her attempt "to convey a world that is a cross between a fragile coral reef and a galaxy, thus representing the microcosm and macrocosm." Over one hundred ceramic lights make up the configuration, laid out to allow the viewer to meander among them.

Victoria Block is showing her works together with another Montreal artist, Alain Salesse whose egg-shaped sculptures naturally co-habit the vast space with Block’s organic creations. Salesse’s oval structures are mounted on tripods and equipped with tiny viewing peepholes that reveal a magical world of minute proportions. These encapsulated universes have been meticulously constructed, and in contrast with Block’s intuitive shapes, usurp the space with their solid three-dimensionality. The title of his installation, What is reality? What is your point of view?, invites the viewer to a deeper reflection. Collectively titled Terraciel, this is truly a fascinating, unforgettable exhibition.

Musée des maitres et artisans du Québec
615, avenue Sainte-Croix
Saint-Laurent, QC
514 747-7367
www.mmaq.qc.ca(lien externe)

May 14 - June 29, 2014

 
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Victoria Block
Prayer for the Planet

 
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Victoria Block
Prayer for the Planet

 
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Alain Salesse
Je craque pour toi

 
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Alain Salesse
Avoir le temps