Valérie Blass
The Mime, the Model and the Dupe

Gallery 1

21 June–7 September 2019
Opening Thursday 20 June


The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland by renowned Canadian artist Valérie Blass. 

Blass' sculptures operate in the realm of the double, trafficking in formal and perceptual inversions, misdirections and discontinuities. Taking shape across a broad range of techniques and mediums - from moulding and casting to assemblage and bricolage - Blass' practice is rooted in a commitment to the unexpected, bridging the figurative and the abstract to reconfigure our understanding of how a given object, image or material can or should perform. 

In this exhibition, the Montreal based artist brings together a selection of works which engage with images, gestures and forms related to the body. Drawing on touchstones that extend from art history to the Internet, the works highlight the generative, often multiplicitous nature of Blass' sculptural vernacular, grounded as readily in the idiosyncratic and illusory as the traditional and representational. Whether building forms that toy with the uncanny or staging scenes that pull our attention in multiple directions, Blass draws liberally on the tradition of sculpture to consider anew both the medium and the world around her. 

Valerie Blass (b. 1967, Montreal) lives and works in Montreal. Recent exhibitions include Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON.; Artspeak, Vancouver; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal; and MOCA Toronto. Her work has also been included in recent group exhibitions at La Biennale de Montréal; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; The Power Plant, Toronto; MOCA Cleveland; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. In 2013, she presented a new commission for The Public Art Fund in New York. She was the 2017 recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz prize, presented with the Art Gallery of Ontario.  

'The Mime, the Model and the Dupe' by Valérie Blass is presented in partnership with Oakville Galleries, ON, Canada, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.



Image: Valérie Blass, Terminons en beauté (cruche phallique), J'ai percé un trou (cruche standard), Précieuse ma précieuse (cruche bauhaus), Bruit encirclé (cruche nouvelle), 2016, steel rod, embroidery fabric, PVC glue. Installation view. Courtesy of Oakville Galleries, ON., Canada. Photograph by Laura Findlay.