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Gracing us at the Mutant Vinyl Hardcore curated “Nightmare Fuel” this November is the amazingly talented Blood Guts Toys.
Izumo Irezumi is more widely known for his work at Instinct Tattoo, but using zombies and classic monsters as his guides, has created astounding new monsterish conceptions. These pieces in vinyl and resin have become highly sought after with one of a kinds and ultra low editions. The paint is superb and you can’t escape these faces, even in your dreams! definitely fuel for nightmares.
Blood Guts Toys joins the Nightmare Fuel starting Nov. 14th at Stranger Factory.
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If you are thinking about attending the first ever Stranger Factory Portfolio Review during this year’s Designer Con, we got some handy guidelines for you to help you along.

·         Must be 21 yrs or older

·         Open to entry/mid level artists whose artwork retail cost falls between the $100-$5,000.00 range.

 

·         Open to US based artists and international artists (if visiting DCon).

·         Please try to not bring original artwork to the open submission. The only exception will be original artwork that is small or mid-size and contained in an actual portfolio case that you will take back with you. Small printed portfolios are preferred, and we will have a small tablet where we can look up your website if you would prefer to not bring any physical materials. Please do not bring your sketchbooks, but only artwork that represents what you would show in an actual gallery environment.

·         If you hold regular ongoing art sales or sell originals through your own online shop(Etsy, BigCartel, Shopify…etc) – please do not apply. Some situations can be discussed, but focus will be given to fine artists that do not compete with themselves.

·         If possible, please bring a printed resume or exhibition history – if not, be prepared to fill out a contact sheet for the gallery. If you have printed material or a small printed portfolio or art book, we would be glad to bring it back to the gallery for a more in depth review.

·         Artists must be familiar with the type and style of artwork we show at Stranger Factory and you work must connect or fall relatively well under Narrative/Character based art and/or ‘Pop Surrealism.”

·         You should be working with archival medias such as oils, acrylics, etc. If you are a traditional sculptor, toy fabricator, or work with resin based figures, please be aware that we require that you work with stable materials that are archival and can withstand shipping and are properly engineered.

·         For taxidermy based artists: Please do not submit if you work with actual skulls or skeletons. Reproductions are acceptable.

 

·         Be prepared to discuss your art pricing: Your specific formula for pricing as well as your pricing history.  This also means you understand the traditional 50%/50% commission we take. Stranger Factory is also renowned for having a sliding scale system (vs. other galleries) where the more you sell with us in a given year, the more commission you can make – all the way up to 30%/70% your favor

 

SEE YOU AT THE CON!

ig_sf_nov_earthsquisitecorpse2014 Josh Herbolsheimer & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore November brings a stunning new solo exhibit, as well as a group kaiju exhibit! November 2014 brings us two new exhibits….a solo exhibit of new work by Josh Herbolsheimer, and a group kaiju exhibit curated by Mutant Vinyl Hardcore. Josh Herbolsheimer’s new solo exhibition, “Earthsquisite Corpse” brings the artist back to Stranger Factory for his first solo exhibition with us. His paintings have a unique, organic style that complement his toy design while giving each their own unique style and feel. Heavily influenced by his observations of nature and the elements, Herbolsheimer’s paintings deal delicately present us to the brutal indifference of natural forces. Mutant Vinyl Hardcore has curated “Nightmare Fuel”, a group exhibition of incredibly detailed hand-painted kaiju figures featuring Blobpus, Yatsuashi Shirahama, Blood Guts Toys, and Kagemaru of Dark Fantasy Undead Toys. These incredible custom-painted Japanese vinyl monsters feature hyper-detailed sculpting and paint and a subject matter that will burrow into your mind and revisit you in your nightmares long after the exhibit has closed. Press images and additional artist information are available upon request from our Press Manager. Both exhibits run November 14th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, November 14th from 6 – 9 PM. Some artists will be in attendance.

Stranger Factory 109 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-508-3049
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Joe Scarano gave us a very special treat for Bewitching IV, he let us into his studio with a visual tour through every step of his brilliant Candy Corn Goblin creation. We got to see the development from sketch to finished product over many weeks, and we are excited to share with you!

Follow this amazing visual journey of Joe’s from the original sketch design to sculpt, mold making, and final painting of his Candy Corn Goblins.

You can see them in all their glory when Bewitching IV opens at Stranger Factory on Friday, Oct 10 at 6PM.

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For the first time in…well, forever, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas will be conducting a portfolio review at DesignerCon with the intention of finding new artists for upcoming Stranger Factory gallery shows.

The portfolio review will take place on Sunday, from 1-2pm.

We’ll have more details soon, but if you’re an up and coming artist and interested in exhibiting at Stranger Factory – put it on your calendar!

 

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10430444_598379226951913_7003437191177870836_nIf you didn’t see our big Designer Con 2014 announcement, we dropped some major news on this year’s convention. We are beyond elated that Stan Manoukian is coming over from France to grace us all with his presence and skills at the Circus Posterus booth. We really just want to call him Stan the Man!

If you are not familiar with Stan, we are here to help!

Paris, France based Stan Manoukian is an internationally recognized artist/illustrator, seasoned comic book artist, development and story designer for film and commercials, toy designer, has been creating monsters and building fans for years in both Europe and the US.

Vintage Science Fiction, classic monsters and dark-romantic writers such as Lovecraft, Verne, Wells Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley filled his childhood mind and influenced him from the very beginning. Stan spent every minute drawing and experimenting with contrasting themes: strange creatures, alien biology, and Cthulhu’s children.

Very early on, (in 2006) he started “A monster a day” drawing exercise to develop his own creature world and Universe, which has become monumental in scale and documentation. Impassioned by old books, dictionaries, old engraved plates and paintings (discovered through his father passion) Manoukian is inspired to present his creatures within the manners and styling of old encyclopedias – indexing, classifying and properly documenting them for future generations. Similar in nature to a crypto zoologist… Stan is discovering his new universe, carefully representing them in their natural environment, complete with habitat, co-existing species, predators and how they interact with one another.

For more on Stan, you can visit his site here, and see what we currently have available by him here.
Now, come to Designer Con to meet Stan this November.

 

 

We’re a fan of Lana Crooks‘ masterfully detailed mini feltworks, and it’s always a treat to get some new studio shots from her. This time, she takes us on a small tour of her workspace – a delightful haven of vintage oddities and other ephemera.

Lana’s studio almost makes an artist’s life look romantic(it’s really not – it’s a lot of paperwork and organization). And, if you squint, you can catch a sneak peek of what Lana’s cooking up for Bewitching!

Delicate wings, and paint.
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One of the Circus Posterus’ family’s favourite toys of the past couple years has been the adorable and slightly creepy bear from InstinctoyMuckey. We are excited to let you know that we have partnered with Instinctoy for the convention, and we’ll be offering an exclusive early debut sale of the next Muckey colourway, the Crayon Muckey!
We’re absolutely enthralled with this Muckey version. As Instinctoy told us -
“We wanted this color way to be filled with joy, happiness ,and fun. That’s why this Muckey likes to draw things with crayons so much, he looks like a rainbow drew by crayon himself!
You can see his teeth just are like crayons, very cute colors. Usually we can’t use a strong color on his gums because it can be see through from the outside of his face. But this time, the neon yellow is match with the tomato red gums so well! This makes Crayon Muckey so bright and full of energy. The standard white flocking on his belly is now cream, which looks even better and high quality.”
The Crayon Muckey features a delightfully variegated glow-in-the-dark pattern and multicoloured teeth, and will be debuting this November at the Circus Posterus table at DesignerCon. Sales for Instinctoy’s Crayon Muckey will begin at 3:00pm Saturday, and at door opening on Sunday.
See you there!
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Circus Posterus returns to Designer Con for the fourth year in a row, and this time, we are going bigger, better, and more epic than ever!

This year’s annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art takes place over two amazing days in Pasadena, CA. All the amazing fun goes down on November 8-9, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

In the upcoming weeks, we will bring you all kinds of information regarding what you can expect from the Circus Posterus team which includes partnerships with some of our favorite toy companies. While we are busy finalizing releases, exclusives, and signings, we can at least tell you the artists we have coming in for this historic event:

Brandt Peters

Kathie Olivas

Stan Manoukian (flying in all the way from France!)

Chris Ryniak

Amanda Louise Spayd

Shing Yin Khor

Valency Genis

Tim Lee

DrilOne

Brandan Styles 

Leecifer

Stephan Webb

We have a ton planned, so keep checking back for more info.

If you want to learn more on Designer Con, keep your eyes peeled here.

If you want to talk about Circus Posterus and DCON, join our forum here.
(trust us, it has advantages to be active)