Artist: Valérie Blass
Collection : particular
Context: Made into a direct painting at Foufounes Électriques in Montréal
Dimension : 66 x 76 cm
Frame dimension: No frame
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Title: « No title - to be confirm »
Valérie Blass holds an MFA in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has had solo institutional exhibitions in Montréal, Québec City, Toronto and Calgary. In 2012, Blass was commissioned by Public Art Fund New York for a yearlong group exhibition at the MetroTech Center and was selected to participate in the major survey exhibition, Oh, Canada – Contemporary Art From North North America at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, Blass' work was included alongside such artists as Abbas Akhavan, Nick Relph and LaToya Ruby Fraser in the exhibition Traces of Life in Berlin, Germany. The work of Valérie Blass was recently presented in parallel to the Istanbul Biennale at the Art International Istanbul fair, in a group exhibition curated by Geoffrey Farmer at the Art Gallery of Alberta and in a solo exhibition presented by Parisian Laundry Projects at The Hole in New York City’s Lower East Side. Blass’ work is found in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, The Royal Bank of Canada, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and innumerable corporate and private collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Valérie Blass was the recipient of the prestigious Martyn-Lynch-Staunton award, multiple awards from the Gala of the visual arts organized by the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries and the Prix-Louis-Comtois from the City of Montreal.
Valérie Blass (born 1967) is a Canadian artist working primarily in sculpture. She lives and works in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, and is represented by Catriona Jeffries, in Vancouver. She received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts, specializing in visual and media arts, from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She employs a variety of sculptural techniques, including casting, carving, moulding, and bricolage to create strange and playful arrangements of both found and constructed objects.
In a 2011 article in the Canadian magazine The Walrus, her practice of sculptural assemblage was compared to artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Louise Bourgeois. Her work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and several other private collections.
- Le parlement des invisibles, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
- The Mime, the Model and the Dupe, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
- To only ever say one thing forever the same thing, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
- My Life, Artspeak, Vancouver; Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Canada
- Théâtre d’objets, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
- Parisian Laundry Projects ,The Hole NYC, New York, USA
Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, Turkey
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
- The manipulator manipulated
La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Canada
- Blass' work was presented in a major solo exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal alongside accompanying solo exhibitions featuring works by Ghada Amer and Wangechi Mutu.
- PETIT LOSANGE LAQUÉ VEINÉ, Parisian Laundry in Montreal
Blass' work has been presented in several notable group exhibitions, including
- 2008, the inaugural Québec Triennial at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal,
- 2009, Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada at The Power Plant in Toronto,
- 2012, Oh, Canada, a major survey of contemporary Canadian Art at MASS MoCA.
- 2010/2011,and It is What it Is, an exhibition featuring recent acquisitions of contemporary Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada.
- 2013, exposition collective, Traces of Life, galerie Wentrup, Berlin, Allemagne
- 2013, group exhibition, Configurations, Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, within the framework of the Public Art Fund of New York, United States
In 2015, Blass presented new sculptural work featuring sculptural busts, distorted mirrors, and casts of human limbs in an exhibition titled My Life at Artspeak, Vancouver before travelling to the commercial gallery Daniel Faria, Toronto.
She has also exhibited at the Power Plant and the Blackwood Gallery in Toronto, as well as at DARE-DARE and the Clark Arts and Dissemination Center in Montreal.
In 2015, Blass presented new sculptural work featuring sculptural busts, distorted mirrors, and casts of human limbs in an exhibition titled My Life at Artspeak] Vancouver before travelling to the commercial gallery Daniel Faria, Toronto.
- 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation.
- 2016 : Prix Ozias-Leduc, Fondation Émile-Nelligan
- 2012: Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts
- 2011: Prize for the best private exhibition-gallery, at the Visual Arts Gala
- 2010: Louis-Comtois Prize from the City of Montreal and from the AGAC9
- 1995: UQAM Arts Department Prize and Hubert-Rousseau Prize6
Johnstone, Lesley; Amelia Jones; Wayne Baerwaldt; Valérie Blass (2012). Valérie Blass. Montreal: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. ISBN 9782551251414.
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