Visiting Artist Lecture: Valérie Blass (Orion Visitor in Fine Arts)

When: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: VIA A150

The recent works of Valérie Blass are  lled 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.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Catriona Jeffries, Vancou- ver (2015); Artspeak, Vancouver (2015); Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2015); Parisian Laundry, Montréal (2014); Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB (2013); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2012) and Galeri Manâ, Istanbul (2013). Recent group exhibitions have been held at Musée d’art con- temporain de Montréal, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2015); Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles (2015); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (2013); MetroTech Center, Brooklyn (2013); Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON (2012); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2011); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2009)

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