14 Jul

Poetry Ghost Squid #12, 2004 digital print
105 x 76.8 x 3.2 cm (framed)
Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Thank you to Katherine Ylitalo, the Curator, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Foundation, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Excerpt from Katherine Ylitalo: Valerie LeBlanc made a significant contribution to the media arts in Calgary while she taught in Media Arts and Digital Technology at the Alberta College of Art + Design. This photograph is a remnant of a two-year project, Time Travel in This Moment, which entailed a live Internet broadcast, a website, a costume sewn from prompt sheets and the Ghost Squid, who features in a short mystery.


Made in Calgary: An Exploration of Art from the 1960s to the 2000s
$49.95 – Available in the Glenbow Shop

27 Jun

We are very happy to have contributed to the issue. The layout is beautiful!
The article is “reproduced with permission, billie spring 2016 issue”.

Flow: Big Waters

Beaverbrook Art Gallery launches second issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture

Fredericton, NB, June 1, 2016 — The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to announce the second issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture. This issue will be available at the Gallery shop, and at outlets around the region and across Canada through Magazines Canada.

In its second issue, BILLIE explores Inside/outside as its theme. A cross-section of writers cover a wide range of artists’ work in relation to Atlantic Canada’s place in the rest of the world, and the world’s place in the development of the visual arts of the region. It is a meditation on comparisons, influences, exchanges and relationships between the local and the global in Atlantic visual arts.


BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture was launched in Fall 2015, in conjunction with the re-launch of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art. Taking its name from the late Marion McCain, whose lifelong nickname was “Billie,” the journal explores what is below the surface of contemporary art in Atlantic Canada and the diverse and complex narratives flowing from the region’s particular histories, peoples and landscape.

Subscription and purchase information:

For more information on how to purchase a copy or subscription, please contact the Beaverbrook Art Gallery by phone at (506) 458-0974 or by emailing billie@beaverbrookartgallery.org.



La Galerie d’art Beaverbrook lance le deuxième numéro de sa revue « BILLIE : Undercurrents in Atlant

Fredericton, N. B., le 1er juin 2016 – La Galerie d’art Beaverbrook est fière d’annoncer le lancement du deuxième numéro de sa revue « BILLIE : Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture ». Ce numéro sera en magasin à la boutique de la Galerie et chez divers marchands de la région et à travers le Canada par l’entremise de Magazines Canada.

Dans ce deuxième numéro, BILLIE explore le double thème de l’intérieur et de l’extérieur. Divers auteurs abordent les œuvres d’un grand éventail d’artistes et, de ce fait, situent la région atlantique canadienne sur la scène mondiale tout en discutant de la place du reste du monde dans les arts visuels de la région. Il s’agit d’une réflexion sur les comparaisons, les influences, les échanges et les liens entre ce qui est local et ce qui est mondial dans les arts visuels de l’Atlantique.

À propos de BILLIE :

« BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture » a été lancée en automne 2015, en parallèle au renouvellement de l’Exposition Marion McCain d’art contemporain de la région atlantique. La revue BILLIE, ainsi nommé d’après le surnom de la regrettée Marion McCain, explore ce qui gît sous la surface de l’art contemporain de la région atlantique ainsi que les récits divers et complexes qui émergent des histoires, des peuples et des paysages particuliers de cette région.

Souscriptions et achat:

Pour plus d’informations sur comment acheter un exemplaire ou une souscription, veuillez svp. contacter la Galerie d’art Beaverbrook, par téléphone au (506) 458-0974, ou par courriel à billie@beaverbrookartgallery.org.

15 Jun

Dichotomy in Black and White is the pictorial collision of individually born projects juxtapostioned into new scenarios. Valerie LeBlanc and I have set up Dichotomy to breathe new life into previously created works. On a monthly basis, images once captured, filed and sometimes forgotten, will be brought back from our archives to face each other, to share in the light.

The project can be seen on JUiCYHEADS

*Taking a break July 13, 2016
Dichotomy is taking a pause. Thank you for following the series.


* Septembre 9, 2018
Dichotomy in Black and White has migrated to the following address: https://dichotomyinblackandwhite.wordpress.com/

25 May

As the 20th anniversary of the passing of Guy Duguay approaches, I thought of re-posting this obit as a celebration of his life.

Remembering / Guy Duguay
Moncton artist returned to’paradise’
Published in the Telegraph Journal, Saturday, June 8, 1996 / Arts & Entertainment By Valerie LeBlanc

The life and work of Moncton artist Guy Duguay stands out as a testament to the power of creativity and perseverance. Since graduating in 1978 from the Fine Arts program at the Université de Moncton, he traveled to other parts of Canada and the world as a visiting artist, but because of his love for this region, he never stayed away for too long.

He saw New Brunswick, with its beaches, seafood and greenery, as a paradise. He even held an appreciation for the harsh winters, saying that being forced to stay inside gave him valuable time to get his work done. When he passed away last Sunday evening, a series of commemorative acknowledgements dedicated to the friend, colleague and family member began to take place.

His studio remained always in a state of flux, a beehive of activity. At any giving time a visitor could walk in and see the most current series of paintings, prints or sculptures in various stage of production scattered on tables, stacked, or spread out carefully on the floor. Visitors were often welcomed into the studio in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre which he shared with the artist Nancy King Schofield. On Monday, in the Café Terra Nova at Aberdeen, his family held a cinq à sept, the classic ‘opening’ time of art exhibits. Amid champagne toasts, many people talked of his warmth, his humour and of his feisty personality.

Nancy King Schofield remarked about the first time that she met Duguay: “I was a printmaking student at Mount Allison University in Sackville. He passed through the department one day and looked over everyone’s work. I wondered who this nosy character was as he took the liberty to lean over my shoulder. Before he made the very loud and rude comment that the work we were doing was …”meek.” I never forgot that the first encounter in all of the years we have known each other.”

Duguay was an artist who was in constantly trying out new materials and his latest exhibition Cé Mâle pas Mal is probably the most representative of the direction his life’s search had taken him. The show opened May 31 and will run until June 21 at IMAGO, the printshop in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, where Duguay was a working member.

The exhibition includes paintings and prints. Common to them all is the representation of the male form. Also included in the exhibition are two limited-edition handmade books.

One of the books, printed in an edition of five, was a collaboration with artist Herménégilde Chiasson who provided the texts for La peau des choses le coeur du monde (The Skin of Things, the Heart of the World). During the memorial mass at the Roman Catholic Church in Dieppe on Wednesday morning, Chiasson read a few brief passage from the text, including this one:

Under the skin see the veins
Under the veins see the skeleton
Under the skeleton see the organs
Under the organs see the life
Under the life see the death
Under the death see the time
Under the time see the universe
Under the universe see the book
Under the book see the pages
Under the pages see the trees (translated from the French)

Chiasson ended by remarking on how much Duguay liked irony in life, and that, ironically, on such a beautiful day of summer, with the leaves in full bloom, he could not be here to see it.

The other book, printed in an edition of six, was a collaboration with Gérald Leblanc, who wrote the text. It was called Méditations sur le désir ( Meditations on Desire). Leblanc addressed the crowd at the opening of the exhibition on May 31 saying that it was one of the most amazing collaborations that he had had with anyone and he explained how the project had materialized.

“When I saw the book that Guy had made with Hermé [Chiasson], I was very jealous, and I told him so. He said: ‘Well, give me a text, I have been asking you for long enough.’ So I wrote the text that same day. He kept it with him and contemplated what he would do with it for a year. You see the results here today, a beautiful work of art and as I told him two days ago. A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

Leblanc went on to read a few passages from the book. Each book contains alternating pages of prints of male nude in various poses, in both classical and modern styles, and pages of text, all on hand painted “marble” paper. Bound in a royal blue suede, each book is housed in a wooden box. The top of each box is made of one of Duguay’s molded plastic sculptures, a bronze ornament grasped by forms emerging from the plastic.

Duguay made books by hand for several years. He often gave workshop in bookmaking, eager to share the craft with others. The collaboration with Leblanc was one of his last projects. When he could no longer make it to his studio at Aberdeen to work, he rested at home and sewed the bindings of the books by hand.

As his condition deteriorated, it seemed his spirit got stronger. Visitors to his house remarked at how upbeat he remained. He offered friends and colleagues comments like “keep on working, keep on dreaming” right up until his last two days.

As a closing act of goodwill, he founded a trust fund and appointed his wife Louisa Barton- Duguay as trustee. The proceeds of the fund will be used toward the construction of a park in front of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. The family has asked that donations be made to the trust fund.

In truth, the arts community has been living in a period of mourning for several weeks as Duguay’s battle with AIDS escalated and weakened his body. Many artists collaborated with him on projects and performances, realizing that it would be the last chance to do so.

But the knowledge that the end was near and the chance to prepare for the event has not made it any easier to see Duguay depart from the area’s arts community, but as Duguay put it in his own words, “Let me go. I have to try to pass through.”

We have to accept that the work of Guy Duguay is now complete.



20 May

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Book Launch Party, Glenbow Museum Calgary

The Ghost Squid, 2003-2005 (photograph), was curated by Katherine Ylitalo, for the Glenbow Museum’s Made in Calgary, the 2000s (exhibition: September 20 – December 14, 2014).


The photograph of this performance persona became part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2007.


About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

À partir de leur exploration du parc national des Everglades, Daniel H. Dugas et Valerie LeBlanc cartographient dans cet essai poétique les effets de la présence humaine sur le milieu naturel, les traces qu’elle y dépose. Everglades est une ode à la beauté, à la fragilité et à la résilience d’une nature aux prises avec une espèce envahissante, la nôtre.

Through their exploration of the Everglades National Park, Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc document, in this poetic collection, the effects of human presence in the natural world and the traces left behind. Everglades is an ode to the beauty, the fragility and the resilience of nature faced with the invasiveness of a particular species, ours.

Date : Mars 2018
Genre : Poésie
Collection : Poésie
ISBN : 9782897441029

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