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October marks our fifth annual Halloween group show and we couldn’t be more excited about our line-up for Bewitching 5! Halloween is a very special time at Stranger Factory, as our talented network of artists and the Circus Posterus family prepare for our favorite time of the year, we hope you’ll join us for this hauntingly spectacular celebration of all things dark and spooky.

This years participating artists include Paul Kaiju, Travis Lampe, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Scott Radke, Jay Hallopeter, Andrew Bell, Kelly Tunstall, Alison Bamcat, Kirsitna Drake, Donald Ross/Scribe, Alisa Ross/40 Threads, Brandon Styles, Jen Musatto, TADO, Max Lehman, Matt Duncan/Creeptoons, Stefani Rabideaux/Fika Art, Daniel Talone, Richard Page/UMETOYS, Desiree Chung, Keely Richman, Splurrt, Joe Scarano, Robert Hoggard, Stan Manoukian, Josh Stebbins, Kelly Denato, Tim Lee, Peter Hague, Karl Deuble, valeri blossom and many more!
Bewitching 5 will be on display from October 2nd through October 31st.
The opening reception is on Friday, October 2nd from 6 – 9 PM and some artists will be in attendance.

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

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Welcome to the world of Kevin Titzer! This amazing folk narrative world of misfits from an Evansville, Indiana native. Utilizing most of his work carved from found wood, and recycled materials, Kevin’s magical handcrafted storytale world looks like something out of Tinkertown or a classic early 1980 stop motion film. We are beyond elated to have Kevin at Stranger Factory this September with his show “Peccadilloes”!

Here is a glimpse of Kevin’s previous work.

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The opening reception for Kevin Titzer’s Peccadilloes” along with Craig LARotonda and Amy Earles is this Friday, September 4th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory.

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


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Another look into one of our amazing September artists at Stranger Factory, Amy Earles with her show “Through the Eye”!

From her own bio:
Out of natural instinct and some necessity, I’m a very private person in most ways. Communicating through art is something I’ve been doing since early childhood. Feeling out of sync with others led me to create other worlds for my mind to occupy and some of this is manifested through visual art. It’s not all just a projection of myself, but it’s also a world view filtered through a particular lens. One that is sometimes clouded by experiences and always a little askew.

This US-based artist known for paintings and illustrations with foreboding but fanciful flair, as well as her popular articulated paper dolls which pay homage to vintage playthings. Her unsettling gouache and pencil girls portray a mysterious and captivating emanation.

Through the Eye, will also be on display throughout September and Earles will be exploring the hidden layers of the self and the subconscious, aspects of the dreaming mind, and what it might mean to become another self, or many selves, when no one is looking. We are expecting to see a mix of original works including oil paintings, gouache paintings, intricate pencil drawings, as well as some archival prints of some of her most recent work, and of course, some of her paper dolls.

Have a look at the wonderment of Amy Earles!



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And now a preview from Through the Eye!
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The opening reception for Amy Earles’ “Through the Eye” along with Craig LARotonda and Kevin Titzer is Friday, September 4th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory.

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

 

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Since we have three amazing artists gracing the gallery this September at Stranger Factory, we thought we would introduce them one by one.

He may have a pedigree of clients that will make your eyes bug out, but his work makes us drool and that is why we are excited for Craig LaRotonda’s “A Consortium of Lost Souls“. His work in 2D and 3D is a rampantly exhilarating foray into the distressed and distorted oddity world we do love. This world of sculpts containing creepy human-derived flotsam and jetsam and paintings of the uncommon mold make our cracked hearts go pitter patter.

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Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his BFA in 1992at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.

LaRotonda’s richly layered paintings are provocative; his signature iconic
style is reminiscent of Renaissance and Byzantine art while remaining boldly contemporary. His work possesses a dark narrative and grotesque elegance.
These distorted creatures are captured in a timeless space — surviving the brutality and beauty of existence. Craig’s ability to make deformities and oddities become aesthetically magnificent is what makes his art so unique.

His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works. LaRotonda’s artwork graces the walls of famous homes including collectors in France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Through his relationship with Film Art LA, his acclaimed art appears
prominently in television and five feature-length motion pictures – including
the Academy Award winning film “Traffic” directed by Steven Soderbergh,
and “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

LaRotonda’s striking and unique art has been featured in Time Magazine,
The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, The New York Times and
numerous other publications. This commercial work has received awards from
the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts
and Print Magazine.

Exhibitions include solo shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris. Craig also exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad.

A few examples:

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We can’t leave without showing a piece in progress for September’s show can we?

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The opening reception for Craig LaRotonda’s “A Consortium of Lost Souls” along with Amy Earles and Kevin Titzer is is Friday, September 4th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory.

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




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September brings three solo shows to Stranger Factory
with new and recent works from:
Craig La Rotonda: A Consortium of Lost Souls
Kevin Titzer: Peccadilloes
Amy Earles: Through the Eye

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Craig LaRotonda is a New York based artist known for his rich, provocative work which includes deeply layered, mixed media paintings and sculptures as well as sophisticated commercial illustrations which embody his dark narrative.

Combining a unique collection of hand-sculpted elements and found objects, La Rotonda delivers an unmistakable contemporary style with a nod to the Byzantine and Renaissance eras. A Consortium of Lost Souls will be on display throughout the month of September, featuring new and recent paintings, as well as some limited edition canvas giclee prints and more sculptures than La Rotonda has displayed since 2003. We can expect to see his usual surrealist motifs of freaks, misfits, shamans, and robosapiens, struggling and surviving the beauty and brutality of existence.

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Kevin Titzer, was born in Indiana and has studied abroad under art residencies in Germany and Thailand. He currently resides in Canada.

Titzer’s work is known for taking on the appearance of ceramic or clay-baked pottery, though his original works consist of hand-carved wood and heavy layers of paint and varnish which create his signature aged patina.

For Peccadilloes, Titzer will be presenting a body of work that includes eight original sculpts, utilizing recycled and found objects and his typical narrative style that adds a touch of whimsy and humor to otherwise dark caricatures.
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Amy Earles is a US-based artist known for paintings and illustrations with foreboding but fanciful flair, as well as her popular articulated paper dolls which pay homage to vintage playthings.

Through the Eye, will also be on display throughout September and Earles will be exploring the hidden layers of the self and the subconscious, aspects of the dreaming mind, and what it might mean to become another self, or many selves, when no one is looking. We are expecting to see a mix of original works including oil paintings, gouache paintings, intricate pencil drawings, as well as some archival prints of some of her most recent work, and of course, some of her paper dolls.

The opening reception for the September exhibitions is Friday, September 4th
from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory.

Some artists will be in attendance and each of the three exhibits
will be on display until September 27th.

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

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Candy Gore Lottery

– Candy Gore will be a random lottery opening night

– You can sign up for the lottery starting Friday, August 7th at 11am when Stranger Factory opens

– You may start viewing the opening of Candy Gore at 6pm August 7th

– Random drawing order to purchase work begins at 6:15pm August, 7th

– When your name is drawn, you may choose 1 piece of work by each artist: Brandt Peters and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore totaling 2 pieces for your turn

– When all names have been drawn, a second round of names drawn will begin allowing 1 piece of work by each artist: Brandt Peters and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore totaling 2 pieces second round

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

Stranger Factory is now accepting artist submissions for participation in upcoming group shows and our 2016/ 2017 exhibition schedule. We feature contemporary character design and illustration, focusing on emerging and mid career artists with a dedicated vision to narrative work. Serious inquiries only; please email your website (please do not attach images) to strangerfactorygallery@gmail.com

THE ART OF TOYS:
A LEFT COAST RETROSPECTIVE OF DESIGNER TOYS AT

The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California (MOAH)
July 18, 2015 – September 6, 2015

Artist & VIP Reception: Friday, July 17, 2015, 7pm – 11pm
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This is an awesome treat featuring Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, and a slew of amazing artists for thos eof you on the left coast!

The Art Of Toys exhibition will feature the most talked about creators and produced who have come to define this art movement over the past twenty years. This is the very first West Coast museum exhibition to address the history of the art toy. Concentrating on West Coast artists, stores, and manufacturers.

An exclusive, ticketed opening reception, with entertainment, bar, and hors d’oeuvres for VIPs and guest artists will take place on Friday night from 7-10pm

http://lancastermoah.org/event.php?id=366

Over 80 artists are represented including Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Gary Baseman, Beast Brothers, BIGFOOT, Dave Bondi, Ryan (RYCA) Callanan, Brian Castleforte, Buff Monster, Luke Chueh, Bob Dob, FERG, Paul Frank, David Flores, Dan Goodsell, Gary Ham, Nathan Hamill, Dave Horvath (Uglydoll), Jay222, Eric Joyner, Kano, Frank Kozik, Kozyndan, Mike Leavitt, Joe Ledbetter, Simone Legno (TokiDoki), Aaron “Woes” Martin (Angry Woebots), Elizabeth McGrath, Tony Millionaire, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, Nathan Ota, Brandt Peters, Dave Pressler, Mark Ryden, Greg (CRAOLA) Simkins, Sket One, Skinner, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Scott Tolleson, Mark Dean Veca, Yoskay Yamamoto, and many more.

Paul Frank’s original sketch book and sewing machine where the FIRST Julius was created.

Prototypes for new works from Craola & Eric Joyner

A sculptors perspective with original molds and sketches from sculptors, Dave Bondi & Dave Pressler.

Dave Pressler’s massive robot sculpture, Revengebot will be on view.

A screening of “The Treasures of Long Gone John” followed by a panel discussion on the relationship between artist and collector. Panelists include: Director: Greg Gibbs, Producer: Greg Escalante, Artist: Dave Pressler & Artist: Liz McGrath

For Photo Ops: A standee installation by Kozyndan

Exclusive retail space with products from your favorite artists

Mural installations by artists Angry Woebots (Aaron “Woes” Martin), Hueman, (Allison Torneros), and Teddy Kelly

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Time to jump right in to more San Diego Comic Con goodness!
clClementine is coming to ‪#‎sdcc‬!
This amazing lass by Kathie Olivas and produced by Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke is limited to only 100 and will have a general release after the con. Lucky for you #sdcc goers, we are bringing a few to Cardboard Spaceship booth 5638!

CMRBooger Bandana Grubthum by Chris Ryniak will be available in very limited quantities starting this Friday, July 10!

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Cardboard Specaeship does it again with an Amanda Louise Spayd ‪#‎sdcc‬exclusive!
Limited to only 100, this “tropical” version of Clover from the upcoming Thimblestump Hollow mini series!

 

More soon!

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 August brings vivid vinyl mayhem to Stranger Factory with:

Candy Gore

Featuring new work from
Rich Montanari and Brandt Peters!

Candy Gore is the first two-person exhibition featuring new works from internationally recognized toy designers and fine artists, Rich Montanari, owner/operator of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, and Brandt Peters, co-owner of Stranger Factory.
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Rich Montanari runs and operates his own toy production studio, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore Toy Co. and serves as the lead sculptor, painter, and package designer. Having collected toys since childhood, and later customizing vinyl toys, it only made sense that Montanari would eventually create his own independent toy studio.

Brandt Peters co-runs and co-operates Stranger Factory as well as Circus Posterus, a toy production studio and fine art collective, with his partner and fellow toy designer, Kathie Olivas.

Candy Gore represents the fusion of the sweet and horrific, the alluring and grotesque. Peters and Montanari share a mutual appreciation for classic and contemporary horror, sci-fi and vintage circus themes with an affinity for the monster culture emulated in Japanese and American toys, as well as contemporary character design. Both artists create many of their figures through a traditional soft vinyl process known as “sofubi” which is slowly becoming a lost art. Sofubi vinyl is hand-casted by small, independent “mom and pop” factories in Japan, and while we call them “toys,” each piece is hand-painted by Montanari or Peters once delivered to the artists in the U.S., and transcends beyond the idea of a play thing to the celebrated art form of contemporary sculpture.

After two years in the works, Montanari and Peters will be officially releasing their new collaborative figures, “Sackhead” and “Ol’ Scratch” based off of their much sought after classic characters, “DX Dokruo Sludge Demon” (MVH) and “Stingy Jack” (Peters) for the Candy Gore exhibition. Both artists will be featuring an array of vividly hand-painted toys and custom designs of many of their time honored and much coveted figures, while Peters will also be exhibiting some 2D work (sketches and paintings) based on his classic characters, along with some new additions.

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