Employing virtually every sculptural technique – from moulding, casting, carving and modeling to assemblage and bricolage – Valérie Blass explores the territories between animal, human and inanimate forms, creating unique hybrid objects. The impact of Blass’s work resides in the anachronistic way she navigates between two sculptural traditions. On the one hand she makes free-standing, vertical, humanscale pieces that locate her squarely within the classical tradition of figurative sculpture. At the same time, the diversity of her materials and the plethora of 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. This publication presents new and recent work by Valérie Blass and contains original essays as well as an interview with the artist.

Valérie Blass participated in the first Triennial mounted by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Lesley Johnstone, Wayne Baerwaldt, Valérie Blass, Amelia Jones
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
132 pages, 40 col. ill. 10.5 x 8.5 in softcover