BLAIN, Dominique (1957)

Dominique Blain, Missa, 1992. Cent paires de bottes militaires usagées suspendues à une grille par des fils de nylon noir. MBAM, achat, collection Ultramar du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Photo MBAM, Denis Farley.

Dominique Blain studied visual arts at Concordia University and is a founding member of the artist-run centre Articule in Montreal. Described as a “political” artist, she creates installations that often combine photographs and objects that express great tension behind their apparent sobriety. Blain addresses the concepts of racism, censorship, colonialism and the power of the media to denounce injustice or question society. She participated in the Sydney Biennial in 1992 and in group exhibitions at the Kunstverin in Frankfurt, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. She has also been featured in solo shows at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol, England. Many of Blain’s artworks are installed in public places, including the Grande Bibliothèque, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) headquarters in Toronto. Drawn as well to public art, Blain participated in Sur l’expérience de la ville, an event organised by the Centre d’art contemporain Optica in 1997, and in the 1992 project Trans-Voices in the subways of New York and Paris.

SEE:
« Histoires de sculpt(e)ure » by Rose Marie Arbour, ESPACE, vol. 4 #3, p. 5.
« Les Cent jours d’art contemporain : From Exhibition to Event »ESPACE, vol. 6 #2, p. 29.
« Art and Surplus Value » by Pascale Beaudet, ESPACE, vol. 7 #4, p. 6.
« Cette horreur qui fascine » by Jocelyne Lupien, ESPACE #22, p. 35.
« L’installation et le sujet » by Sylvie Parent, ESPACE #24, p. 30.