Down and Dirty With Valérie Blass, Catalogue Essay

Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Down and Dirty With Valérie Blass, Catalogue Essay. [Exhibition Catalogue]

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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.

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Exhibition Catalogue

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the bilingual (French/English) catalogue also included texts by Jeanie Riddle and Jack Moore

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Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada

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03 Apr 2017 12:04

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29 Apr 2020 16:25


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