Down and Dirty With Valérie Blass, Catalogue Essay
Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Down and Dirty With Valérie Blass, Catalogue Essay. [Exhibition Catalogue]
Official URL: http://catrionajeffries.com/artists/valerie-blass/...
Abstract or Description
Written to accompany an exhibition by Valérie Blass at Parisian Laundry, Montreal, the essay discusses Blass’ art stages a meeting and disruption of high and low materials, processes and cultural references. Regularly presented on stage-like pedestals and plinths, her assemblages have a dramatic quality, seeming to announce themselves self-consciously as sculptures. Reckitt links Blass’s art to the aesthetics of bricolage and scavenging of the 2007 New Museum exhibition ‘Unmonumental.’ Discussing the human scale of Blass’s quasi-figurative sculptural assemblages, she suggests that they invite curiosity and touch.