Archive for October, 2009

Gretchen Huffman

Hello all! Sorry for the lag in blogging, after Kristen’s amazing wedding last week we are all finally settling back down into the normal routine of things again!

Gretchen Huffman is a printmaker whose work reflects on the idea of stories, imagination and interpretation.

“I love stories, I am continuously fascinated with the strange and humorous occurrences that happen in my everyday life. Stories grow out of these events and, far from being a didactic re-telling of the factual events, good stories are “delivered” replete with embellishment, nuance and theatricality that serve to communicate the emotional states that accompany the story. Awe, curiosity, disgust, disbelief and especially humor are the emotional reactions that tell me a story is a good one. As an artist of course my interest is in the visual detail contained in these narratives. As I recount events in my head they exists in acute detail with all the vivid splendor of that detail. My work spins out of that narrative detail, not to illustrate a verbal story, but to visually portray my exaggerated imagination and interpretation of events.”

-Gretchen Huffman

www.gretchenhuffman.com

(The artist featured today is actually having a show opening Nov.6th at our gallery in Lincoln Square, so if you like her work you should definitely come check it out in person too!)

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Georgia Russell

Sorry we’ve been so absent from posting lately! I (Kristen) am getting married this Saturday and its been keeping all of us pretty busy. For the exciting things that are happening over at {fill in the blank} check out our website: www.fillintheblankgallery.com.

For my wedding I’ve been making dozens of what I like to call book lanterns. The idea was taken from the resale shop Haystack, and we later found out they adopted it from Anthropologie, which always has FANTASTIC recycled paper art on display. They’re really easy to make, just take an old book and remove the cover. Start folding each individual page in whatever pattern you would like. It works best if you fold into the spine. As you fold the spine will start to curl around and by the time you get to the end you’ll have a fantastic sculpture!

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Because I’ve spent so much time on these I’m totally crazy about recycled book art right now. I did a search and found a fantastic artist from Scotland named Georgia Russell. She “slashes, cuts, and dissects printed matter, which she then manipulates and re-constructs into extravagant, ornamental, sculptural paper-works” according to England & Co, a gallery in London that represents both emerging and established artists. “The decorative qualities and inherent potential of her found ephemera are fully exploited as she transforms books, music scores, prints, newspapers, maps or photographs – sometimes with flamboyants colour and wild cutting, or with discreet play on the subject or title of her printed matter. Her works over between object and image.”

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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.