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Otto Bjornik’s Exclusive Stranger Factory Bai Chu (Li-Fu! Edition)

Releasing Friday, May 20th at Noon PST is Otto Bjornik’s Exclusive Stranger Factory Bai Chu (Li-Fu! Edition) with a 1:7 Gold Variant!

 

The Tale of Bai Chu the Bloodthirsty!

Hundreds of years ago, there lived an infamous Commander General named Bai Chu. Bai Chu was feared by enemies and friends alike, for he was a fierce and ruthless leader, and he inspired the utmost dread in those who would oppose him. Incredibly ambitious, he hungered for power and plotted to take over the world with his army of fearless warriors. Tales of how Bai Chu would behead his foes and drink blood from their still-beating hearts were especially terrifying, and mothers would tell them to frighten disobedient children. “If you are bad, Bai Chu will come for you in the night!” they would caution a wide-eyed child.

One dark and stormy evening, in unexplored forested lands of Calinan after a bloody battle, Bai Chu lay restless in his tent. While devising plans to gain more strength and conquer more nations, he thought he heard mournful voices outside. Instantly alert, he quickly came out to investigate, and very soon he was lost in a huge forest where the very trees seemed to whisper in the wind. Suddenly, an old lady appeared in front of him.

“Help me, O great warrior, for I hunger so”, she croaked. Bai Chu scoffed and raised his weapon in anger! “Fool crone! Know you not who I am? I am Bai Chu the bloodthirsty, the long-lived, the mighty! I will put you out of your misery!” But before he could lower his weapon to take her head, the old woman vanished, the wind seemed to beat and howl, and in her place a beautiful diwata appeared. She spoke with the voice of the wind:

“O Bai Chu, in your arrogant pride you have become so small. From this day forth, I curse you to hunger, to be insignificant and ignored!

Bai Chu the bloodthirsty: I make you a blood drinker.

Bai Chu the long-lived: I make you immortal.

BAi Chu the mighty: I make you smaller than a tiny child’s plaything!

The spell shall only be broken when your heart becomes true, It is done!”

And that is how Bai Chu the Bloodthirsty became the cutest, smallest vampire to ever exist. He refers to everyone he meets as his Dark Minions. As he is too small to really drink a large human’s blood, he subsists on blood oranges, which he finds are surprisingly delicious. It is not uncommon to find blood oranges near him, with two tiny tell-tale teeth marks. Bai Chu is still quite fearless, and likes to run at his enemies ferociously screaming his own name: “Bai Chu! Bai Chu! Bai Chu!” From a distance, it sounds like a small voice is yelling “Biteyoubiteyoubiteyou!” from somewhere around your ankles.

Will you be Bai Chu’s jailer, or his accomplice? Will you try to change his wicked ways, or help him achieve world domination? Whatever you choose, you better have some blood oranges ready before he comes home with you!

Bai Chu: (Bite You)
Talisman: “I Hunger!”
Height: 5 1/2″ inches
Material: Resin Body and Magnet
Edition Quantity: 35pcs

Available at www.circusposterus.com

The miniscule vampire stands approximately 5 ½” tall (you may need to stoop down quite low to hear him shouting “Biteyoubiteyoubiteyou!”as he is very very small). He is cursed with a rigid resin body emulating the smooth vampiric skin of his kind, and a neodymium magnet that pulls him towards your refrigerator (an indignity Bai Chu will probably never forgive you for).
His magnetic restraining talisman with the words “I Hunger” written in beautiful Chinese calligraphy is removable, and you may need to reattach it should Bai Chu prove too much to handle!

Gold Variant 1:7
Li-Fu : Nature
Green Li-Fu contains the mighty power of nature. Forged in the forest and tempered in verdant environments, the Li-Fu edition communes with nature spirits to hone in on Bai-Chu’s targets every single time (however, being green, he is a bit gullible).

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  • This is for a PRE-SALE – Figures are estimated to arrive in September (Fall 2016)
  • The next character in the highly sought out THE 13 universe from Brandt Peters & Kidrobot
  • Figure is 8” (tall)
  • Comes with removable skull mask, electricity props, and skull cane accessories
  • Box comes signed by the artist, Brandt Peters
  • Pre-sale Lord Strange comes with a 5″ x 7″ marker sketch by the artist and designer, Brandt Peters

    Pick one up now at
    http://www.circusposterus.com/store/new-releases/brandt-peters-lord-strange-8-dunny-pre-sale/

Stranger Factory is pleased to announce 3 new solo exhibitions coming to our gallery in June!

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

jbgWorld renowned fantasy artist, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, known for her highly rendered imaginative ‘pop’ genre fantasy, horror, sci-fi and gothic based artworks, will be focusing on small, highly detailed works for her upcoming exhibition. Her work features doe-eyed innocents in sweet, idealized scenes reminiscent of old master’s portraits. Her soft technique of painting plays with light and color in a way that the transcends typical fantasy narrative and is more of an exploration in escapism from a harsh modern world.
 
Highly sought out by major entertainment studios from Walt Disney to Hot Topic, Jasmine has reached acclaimed international recognition with her fan base. Her original work can be seen gracing countless books (as well as art books), oracle decks, games, clothing, and more.

Becket-Griffith graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She currently lives in Celebration, FL with her husband, Matt and their cats with a satellite studio in London, England.


Desiree Fessler
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California based traditional painter, Desiree Fessler will be joining the main gallery room with her exhibition.

Known for her humor and dreamy super sweet, colorful animal imagery, Fessler focuses on new works that  explore her fascination with child-hood imagery juxtapozed against the contrasts of haunting and realistic animal archetypes and icons pulling the viewer through purposeful tension and emotions.

Fessler lives in Los Angeles with her husband David, and their amazing dog Ni.


Stephan Webb
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Joining us with his newest exhibition of bronze sculpture and wearable art pieces.Stephan Webb creates complex surrealist sculptures that combine elements of biological forms and figures in metal casting and bronze sculpture highlighting the commentary on the fabricated nature of our surroundings as humans  and pushing the conversation about the roles that nature, industry, and technology play in our lives and our constant need to seek harmonious balance between the two.

Webb lives in Albuquerque and is a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Biology.

The show will run June 3rd – 26th.
Opening Reception on June 3rd (6-9 PM)

 

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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From the world of Stingy Jack, comes a brand new figure by toy designer, Brandt Peters known as The Night King! Making his debut release during the Stranger Factory 5 Year Anniversary show on May 6th, The Night King appears out of the shadows in two colorways of Candy Corn and Half-Dead! Be the first to channel this mysterious being this Friday!

THE NIGHT KING

o   STRANGER FACTORY DEBUT RELEASE – May 6th

o   HALF-DEAD (blue colorway) / Edition: 310

o   CANDY CORN (Orange colorway) / Edition: 265

o   Vinyl toy with articulated ball-joint bat wings

o   Comes with top hat accessory

o   Produced and Manufactured by Cardboard Spaceship Toys

o   3D Modeled by Dennis Cornetta

o   Boxes signed by artist when purchased through Circus Posterus or Stranger Factory www.circusposterus.com

o   8” Tall /203 mm (approx.)

o   $58

 

May brings two new exhibitions to Stranger Factory!
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Japanese artist Erika Sanada presents several new expressive sculptures that she considers both odd and dreamy. Her softly bizarre ceramic creatures make their first debut at Stranger Factory in May with her solo exhibition “COPE.” As autobiographical spirit animals, her unique canines allow her to cope with her own anxiety and serve as empowering alter egos.

She recently earned her MFA in Ceramics at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” are my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears.  These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.”

Stranger Factory presents

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
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Tim Lee (on left) / Danita Art (Middle) / Splurrt (on right)
Stranger Factory is pleased to announce our 5 year group anniversary exhibition with an all star line-up of character driven artists that have graced our walls throughout the years.
ARTIST LIST:
Joe Scarano
Tim Lee
Tokyo Jesus
Eimi Takano
Karl Deuble
Peter Hague
Dennis Cornetta
Vanessa Ramirez
Kathie Olivas
Jen Musatto
Michele Lynch
Lana Crooks (bat wings)
Danita Art
Brandt Peters
Creeptoons
Fika Art
Splurrt
Stephan Webb
Erika Sanada”COPE” and Stranger Factory’s “5 Year Anniversary” opens Friday May 6th, from 6-9 pm (open to the public).
The show will run May 6th – 29th.

 

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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Release March 18 at 12 Noon at www.circusposterus.com
EXCLUSIVE STRANGER FACTORY THIMBLESTUMP HOLLOW MINI FIGURE
By Amanda Louise Spayd

$18

· Edition: 100

· Tropical Colorway

· Thimblestump Hollow features the artwork of Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak

· Cardboard Spaceship Produced

· Price is for one figure

· Size: Approx. 3” tall

· Note: These figures will ship open boxed, as we will be inspecting each figure’s QA. Wing joints on this figure are sensitive.

find it at www.circusposterus.com

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Monsters & Misfits IV

A Circus Posterus Exhibition at Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo

Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus (T+CP) is delighted to announce Monsters & Misfits IV, an exhibit of new work presented in collaboration with Tomenosuke-Syoten. This is the first Monsters and Misfits in Tokyo (Japan) and will be on display at Shibuya Hikarie at Creative Space “8/” from April 1st – 7th.

Monsters and Misfits IV will feature returning artists Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, and Carisa Swenson. Shing Yin Khor, Leslie Levings, Lana Crooks, and Kevin Titzer join the returning exhibition as new additions to the roster.

This museum level exhibition will bring you through a parade of strange and fantastic creatures and characters from these top contemporary designers, toy makers, and fine artists. This year’s group of Circus Posterus’ artists and guests present a hand-made sideshow of beady eyed night critters, devils, reptilian oddities, mouse kings, kappa skulls, ghost children, and more that promise to leave you awash in starry-eyed wonder. The fourth installment of this show features primarily hand made toys and sculptures inspired by cryptozoology and an idealized, re-imagined  animal kindgdom. Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Amanda Louise Spayd, and Chris Ryniak will be attending the opening reception on April 1st.

To purchase original artwork and, or view the Monsters and Misfits IV exhibition online, please visit www.tomenosuke.com on April 2nd (11 AM local Tokyo time) when the web preview is launched. Please contact Tomenosuke.com directly for any Monsters and Misfits IV purchase related questions.

Press images and additional promotional artist information are available upon request from our Press Manager.

The exhibit will run April 1st to 7th at Shibuya Hikarie in Tokyo, Japan, with an opening reception on April 1st.

Shibuya Hikarie (Creative Space “8/”)
2-21-1 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan
150-8510
03-5468-5892
http://www.hikarie.jp/en/

www.tomenosuke.com
www.circusposterus.com

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Stranger Factory is thrilled to present a new exhibit in April from returning artist Phil Noto!

Silent Frequency finds Noto’s signature style in top form, as the artist brings beautiful new paintings to life, comprised of soft dream-like portraits juxtapozed with bold graphic elements and typography. This newest body of work hints at sci-fi, transporting the viewer further into the artist’s future vision often playing with modern advertising illustration techniques, with nods to classic pulp cinema posters, and silver age sci-fi novels. Covers to books yet to be written, posters to films yet to be; Noto’s master paintings are portraits of future protagonists with secret pasts, often portraying subtle expressions that few artists are capable of capturing, drawing us further and further in to his continued narrative.

Phil Noto is an Eisner nominated American painter, comic book/ concept artist who is known for his work on such titles as Black Widow, Jonah Hex, Uncanny X-Force, and most recently Star Wars (Chewbacca and Shattered Empire). After a 10 year career at Disney Feature Animation, he started to work full-time as an artist for Marvel, DC, Image Comics and Dark Horse, and as well, time in gaming working on such blockbuster hits such as Bioshock.

Silent Frequency” opens Friday April 1st, from 6-9 pm with a reception open to the public.

Silent Frequency will remain on display until May 1st.

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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March brings an exciting mid-month pop up event to Stranger Factory with legendary toy artist and designer, Paul Kaiju!

Stranger Factory is proud to present a special mid-month event in March: A one weekend exhibition with legendary West-Coast (San Diego) toy designer and artist, Paul Kaiju, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 19th (from 6-9 PM, with the artist in attendance.)

Highly inspired by vintage Japanese toys/television, big screen Kaiju monsters, 1960s Sci-Fi, and old horror shows, Paul “Kaiju” is member to an extremely talented small group of industry leading toy artists that not only design, but sculpt, engineer, and self-produce their toys in Japan through a very rare “sofubi” (soft vinyl) traditional manufacturing process. Always the constant muse for the independent art toy industry, Kaiju pioneered techniques, customization, toy design processes (from color/form to function) and has been a major influence to most toy artists and has pushed the boundaries of toy beyond commercial application into new contemporary sculpture.

The artist will have a limited amount (a few dozen) of his hand-painted custom figures at the opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and will only run from March 19th-21st. Any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 21st. In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle ticket that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting at noon Friday, March 18th through 5:30 PM on the 19th (right before reception). All sales on Saturday and Sunday will be in-person. No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

The opening reception will be on Saturday March 19th from 6-9 pm with artist in attendance.

This mid month pop up exhibition will remain on display until March 21st (if works are still available after weekend).

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

March brings two exhibitions to Stranger Factory!

MAIN GALLERY: Kelly Tunstall / PROJECT ROOM: Brandan Styles & Ellie Rusinova

Kelly Tunstall

SOFT SERVE
18 x 24 acrylic and spray paint on panel

San Francisco based artist Kelly Tunstall renders stylized female figures and their adaptations to environment: nests built of painted boards held together by drawn nails or far off planets. The physical form and its accompanying exterior become a mirror for internal thought processes and turmoil. in an optimistic twist, her newest work focuses on her nostalgic love of ice cream.
Working in acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, and gold leaf, the experimental, yet classically grounded works live somewhat comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. The patina of age and calligraphic drawing methods lend further depth to her story-filled worlds.
Kelly Tunstall (born 1979) received her BA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002 and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Brandan Styles & Ellie Rusinova

FOOLS AND GODS
Site specific installation of new works (project room)
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Artist Couple Brandan Styles and Ellie Rusinova will be creating a site specific installation of new works based on mysticism, circus performers, and an ongoing curiosity with all that is unknown in the universe. Both artists utilize layered wood and sculpted elements that defy time and space in various theatrical stages.
Brandan Styles is a self-made mad man, circus aficionado and an art obsessive. He pours all of his energy into creating magical, bizarre, funny and thoughtful art with the goal of expressing the thoughts and characters that inhabit his brain.
Ellie Rusinova is a multicultural artist, mixing history, heritage, dreams and ideas into a world of her own.
Ellie Rusinova and Brandan Styles are a husband and wife team, working on art and life together in Denver,CO with their two kids and 4 dogs. They also run a circus show, travel the country selling art, and love getting into spirited conversations.

Soft Serve” and “Gods and Fools” opens Friday March 4th, from 6-9 pm with a reception for the artists (open to the public).

The show will run March 4th – 27th.

   

The opening reception will be on March 4th from 6-9 pm
and all artists will be in attendance.

Soft Serve and Gods and Fools will remain on display until March 27th.

 

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049