Dominique Blais lives and works in Paris, France. He received his BFA from the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Nantes, Master of Media & Multimedia from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (Paris) and MA Fine Art degree course from Ecole Superieure des Beaux-arts de Marseille.
His work is represented in many collections, as well as private and public collections. Dominique Blais is represented by Xippas Gallery in Paris
Mecanique du Temps Present / Mechanism of Present Time
Since 2005, French artist Dominique Blais has pursued work based on sensorial and physical perceptions which are technically diverse – video, ceramic, sculpture, installation, drawing…
Using the connection of time and space, his conceptual reflections react to fluxes and airwaves and develop into visible/invisible and audible/inaudible combinations.
For his exhibition at JOYCE Gallery the artist proposed an array of works about the idea of time and its representation. ‘Sans Titre (Melancholia)’ 2008-2012 is a broken record that plays only the last groove of the track. ‘Ring’ 2012 is a reference to the Wagner trilogy The Ring of the Nibelung. For each opera, the artist has lit a candle in front of a pinhole camera in order to expose the photo-sensitive paper to the time of each movement. The final photo is an abstract testimony of the time flying. In ‘X Ray’2009, Dominique took a photograph from the inside of a light box before using its printed representation on the Duratrans film. The artist was interested in the idea of the absence of luminous vibration caused by the presence of the mask.
‘From the Window (Blue Sky)’ 2012 is from a new series of paintings made with triangular pieces of colored plastic. These depict a fragmented view of the sky during one hour, where time and movement are both divided into an infinity of shades.
Finally, ‘Mecanique du Temps Present’ 2010 is a static video depicting a set of wheel mechanisms of diverse sizes in permanent motion. Each wheel has its own speed, more or less fast, while others simply stop.
JOYCE Gallery presents these works from an artist who questions the notion of time.