Archive for July, 2009

Brie Ruais

Brooklyn based artist Brie Ruais sculptural works are a combination of found/collected objects and embroidery, weaving, and wax casts. Her works reflect a desire to connect with the community and the natural and metaphysical world and many of her works play on the interconnectedness of living things through the use of universal symbols.

More about her process from her website: “Working with embroidery, drawing, sculpture and found objects, I compose both floor and wall based installations that evoke environments and shrines. I use the aesthetics of spiritual practices in Shamanistic cultures to root the pieces in nature. The inherently labored, hand-made quality of embroidery, carved wood, and altered objects, and their arrangement with items from nature, stirs ideas of the sacred and ritualistic. For me, embroidery is a personal meditation on the parts of the whole, the pieces that make up a story, and an investigation into a historical craft of storytelling.”

See more works on her website: www.brieanaruais.com

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Sad Trombone

I’m looking for a way to express how bummed I am that this day slipped away from me with no artist post. I think this fits:

www.sadtrombone.com/

Alas, the art will have to wait until tomorrow.

Tim Lowly

I’ve known Tim for a few years now. He is a gentle soul, only says what is necessary, and what he does speak says volumes. I believe the same goes for his work. He is an instructor and North Park University in Chicago and many of his paintings revolve around his daughter, Tema. I especially enjoy his large scale detailed paintings which evoke such a sense of beauty, calmness, and solitude.

You really should look at these in larger detail on his website: www.timlowly.com and his flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/timlowly/.

Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly

Twelve Fingers

Today we have a guest blogger, Bill Tucker, writing about artist Twelve Fingers:

Twelve Fingers, aka Nathan Enkel, creates a world of monsters and people in everyday situations as well as visually descriptive worlds and bodies based on his current interests and feelings. The Toronto native is a student at OCAD and is continually developing this new world and works hard to share it. From pieces depicting heads vomiting clouds dashed with beautiful tones of water color, to paintings of monsters in full color spray painted glory. His characters are connected by a familiar bolt of lightening that floats above the monsters or humans heads.

Twelve Fingers

Twelve Fingers

Twelve Fingers

Twelve Fingers

Twelve Fingers

Check out his website, www.flickr.com/photos/twelvefingers to meet these new and interesting creatures. I’m putting Twelve Fingers on your team

Uppercase Magazine

Uppercase is a gallery and publishing company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are dedicated to “making, curating, and publishing visual art.”

In addition to great exhibitions like Jen11—an exhibition of 11 artists named Jennifer—they have also begun publishing a quarterly magazine that is all about “learning from other artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, whether they’re upstarts or icons, famous or shy, verbal or visual.”

Uppercase Magazine

Uppercase Magazine

Unfortunately the first issue is sold out, and there are only about 10 of the second left so hurry and get one! You can also subscribe to the magazine on their website.

DIY Fabric Envelopes + Artist Interviews

I’m tired and have a million projects going on, so I’m going to take the easy way out on posting today and tell you to check out the DIY Project from yesterday’s Design*Sponge: Fabric Envelopes!

These were developed by Derek and Lauren of San Francisco’s Curiosity Shop (Wow, two San Francisco posts in a row! What a great city!)

Fabric Envelope

ALSO: Check out the new section on our website: Artist Interviews! First up is Berlin-based artist Kyle Bryant.

Kyle Bryant

Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon is a San Francisco based illustrator who didn’t begin making art until she was 33 years old. She is almost entirely self taught and sees this as an advantage, being able to work with her own sense of color, shape, and composition. I especially love the portraits of animals and people with random bursts of neon colors.

Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

In addition to making art she also owns an art gallery and design-led shop called Rare Device in San Francisco. See more about her and her work on her website: www.lisacongdon.com


About Us

Fill in the Blank Gallery was formed out of the desire to create a space where art can be presented, discussed, created, performed, written, shared, and taught on an accessible level. Our goal is to foster creativity in our community, which is so full of talent but perhaps lacking in creative outlets. Part artist collective, part gallery, we feature a wide range of artistic works each month including fine art, craft, film, and music.