Employing virtually every sculptural technique—from moulding, casting, carving and modelling to assemblage and bricolage—Valérie Blass explores the territories between animal, human and inanimate forms, creating strange, hybrid objects. The impact of Blass's work resides in the anachronistic way she navigates between two sculptural traditions. She makes free-standing, vertical, handmade, human-scale autonomous pieces that locate her squarely within the classical tradition of figurative sculpture. But the diversity of her materials and the plethora of mass-produced, bought and found objects she uses, stemming from an enthusiastic engagement with the material culture of the twenty-first century, anchor her art in assemblage and bricolage. A major publication accompanies the exhibition.
Born in 1967, Valérie Blass lives in Montréal. She holds a Master's degree in Visual and Media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. In addition to participating in the first Québec Triennial mounted by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, she has had solo exhibitions at Parisian Laundry and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. She has taken part in group exhibitions organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Power Plant. She is currently participating in the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA. Valérie Blass is represented by Parisian Laundry.