Born in 1974 in Châteaubriand, France. Lives and works in Paris, France.
Dominique Blais aims to capture visual and auditory components of our environment through sculptural and sound installations. From the beginning of his artistic practice in the mid-2000s, he considered the context to be a starting point of his reflection and placed such notions as space, time and physical constraints in the heart of his preoccupations. He seeks to explore their conceptual dimension, incarnating it into a material form.
His work wishes to draw the viewer’s attention to the visual qualities of the objects which are primarily intended to produce or broadcast sound. Balancing on the border of imperceptible, Dominique Blais tries to materialize the invisible and to give it shape, just like he wishes to give shape to sounds or to a silence, which, for him, is a shadow of sound. By subtle transposition of sounds and images, his work confronts our expectations and leads our perception towards new experiences.
The question of materials, both physical and evanescent, is substantial in his work. Not limited to a particular field, he expands his visual vocabulary through the use of a great range of mediums and techniques (drawing, ceramics, photography, installation, sound, video, etc.).
Dominique Blais is currently holding a post of Associate Lecturer at l’École des Arts de la Sorbonne, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Nantes, he holds a DEA of Media Multimedia Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris) and a post-graduate diploma of the School of Fine Arts in Marseille. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Vilnius Academy of Arts Vilnius, Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, at the Palais de Tokyo, the Grand Palais and the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, at the Villa Arson in Nice and at the Mac / Val in Vitry-sur-Seine.
Public collections : MAC/VAL (Vitry-sur-Seine), CNAP (Paris), FRAC Franche-Comté (Besançon), FRAC Aquitaine (Bordeaux), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), FRAC Pays de la Loire (Carquefou).