Oakville

Valérie Blass, L’homme réparé (Repaired Man), 2019, stainless steel, denim shorts, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, 41 × 89 × 12". Photo: Laura Findlay.

Valérie Blass

Oakville Galleries

Valérie Blass is perhaps best known for assemblage sculptures that reflect her long-standing interests in theater, dance, and fashion. This ten-year-survey show—elegantly curated by Matthew Hyland—focused on her uses of the figural form. To compose her bodies, Blass disjunctively draws together representational imagery with abstract forms and textures—such as a pair of shorts with a bar of polished metal—that resist cohesion, encouraging viewers to project, and to consider the contexts of the erotic, ritual, and commercial, in which we are all, in some way, participants.

Often, Blass alters found everyday items, but only rarely does she dissolve or mask them completely. Je suis une image (I Am an Image), 2014, featured a leg, an arm, and a hand, each delicately cast in gypsum, with fine contours and curving lines in the palm and wrist. All elements had been fastened to a wall-mounted metal

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