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FOLK NOIR / A group show curated by Jeremy Cross and EVERYTHING IS FINE / Vanessa Ramirez will run from
May 3rd – June 2nd, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd from 6-8 PM

Stranger Factory is pleased to present FOLK NOIR, a group show curated by Jeremy Cross!

As a curator, Cross has always had an appreciation for work that cradles the borders between fine art and folk art, particularly when the artists subject matter is macabre or Noir. Works in this show are unique not only in approach and theme, but also in the unorthodox use of materials. From sutures holding together bits of Victorian ephemera, skeletal remains fashioned from crochet string, to the incorporation of animal bones. From humble beginnings to elaborate creations they are imbued with both familiarity and wonder.

Over a dozen artists including: Mike Egan, Ivonne Carley, Kelly Vetter, Tim Lee, Bryan Cunningham, Jim Garmausen, Teodor Demitrescu, Chris Haas, P-Jay Fidler, Caitlin McCormack, Karikatura, Bam Maslar, John Whipple, Michael Mararian, Ian Furgison, Jon MacNair, Dan Barry, Kat Philbin, Ally Burke, Alex Eckman – Lawn

Stranger Factory is happy to present Vanessa Ramirez in her show, EVERYTHING IS FINE.

Are you having a bad day? You’ll feel better when you see this show. Ramirez brings her signature monsters back to Stranger Factory, but it looks like they are having quite a rough day. They are all feeling some kind of way and some are frankly coping better than others. In typical monster fashion, they are feeling their feelings, hitting those self care snacks hard, or drinking that magical coffee that just makes everything a little bit better.

Ramirez is a returning artist at Stranger Factory. She is known for her monsters that float between a mixture of cute, odd, and a little neurotic. Inspired by traditional stop-motion animation, her sculptures come to life in what appear to be expressive snap-shots of their daily lives.

*ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Stranger factory is proud to present our March mid-month event with sofubi (Japanese soft vinyl) toy artist, Paul Kaiju. Paul is a designer, sculptor, and painter working away at his sofubi/kaiju creations in sunny San Diego, California. Known as much for his custom paint work as for his original toys such as Boss Carrion, Paul’s work is recognized as some of the best in the American Toy scene.

 Paul Kaiju will have a limited amount of hand-painted custom figures at this one-night opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 18th by 12 PM noon (PST) in our online store on CircusPosterus.com.In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle wrist band that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting Saturday, March 16th. Numbers will be randomly picked and called at 6PM. Must be present to participate in the lottery.

One item per person. No additional in person sales over weekend once a piece is purchased Saturday night.

No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

 

This APRIL at STRANGER FACTORY
ALL OF EVERYTHING ERASED / Joe Scarano and THE HOUSE AND THE DEVIL / JohnPaul Gutierrez 
April 5th – April 28th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th from 6-8 PM

Take a break at Stranger Factory and explore All of Everything Erased, a show inspirited through the idea of pausing. Pausing long enough for the grass and the weeds to swallow you up for a while.

Fascinated by the idea of abandoned buildings giving in to nature, Joe Scarano’s characters are brought to life as they fall into varying states of disrepair. As they let the grass grow over them and get swallowed back up by the landscape, the viewer has the pleasure of witnessing and imagining that the will eventually wake up again after the earth has grown around and start over.

Scarano was guided to create this show after recalling memories in an old neighborhood in which his children would seek to explore an abandoned house with him. The title of the show, All of Everything Erased comes from a Kevin Devine song of the same name. Influenced by the paintings, Scarano could not get the song out of his mind and Kevin was kind enough to let him borrow the song title for the show.

Stranger Factory is happy to present JohnPaul Gutierrez in his show, The House and The Devil.

The House and the Devil portrays the many negative voices that we create within ourselves. The Devil is represented not in a religious or spiritual context but simply as the adversary telling lies and creating fear. These voices that we house inside, waking us up in the middle of the night or creating a paralyzing fear, prevent us from achieving our truest self. The House, being a little worn down and weathered seeks to maintain the onslaught, and pushes on in hopes of achieving their dreams.

Gutierrez is an Albuquerque local and returning artist to Stranger Factory.

 


STELLA and FLUX sofubi
First Edition: Infrared Edition
By Tara McPherson
Releasing this Thursday!

Produced by T+CP (Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus)Made in Japan
Sculpted by Mirock Toy (Japan)
Manufactured at Obitsu Plastic Manufacturing Co., ltd (Japan)
SRP: $175 (US$) / * Does not include shipping
Edition: 100 (50 N American / 50 International)

Sale: February 28th, 2019 (12 noon PST)
Ships by 2nd week in March

Figure Size: (Approximately)
Inches: 3” wide X 8.75” Tall x 6.25” deep
Millimeters: 76.2 mm wide x 222.25 mm tall x 158.75 mm deep
With 7 points of articulation

One of the most complex and involved sofubi projects to date for Tomenosuke+CP – 4 years in the making!!!

Physical anomalies, structural aberrations, the mental being manifested physically. Stella being a goddess of sorts, manifests her thoughts of protecting the world – including oceans and space – with the creation/manifestation of the seahorsicorn through her heart/chest, who has magical abilities as well. Together they are on a mission to save and protect the universe!

The sales of this figure will be broken down into two buying options for collectors:

If you live in the United States or Canada, please order through the North American portal CIRCUS POSTERUS: www.circusposterus.com

If you do not live in the United States or Canada: Please order through our International portal: Tomenosuke-syoten for all International orders: www.tomenosuke.com

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www.circusposterus.com
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CARNIVAL OF LOST DOLLS III / Jen Musatto and IN DOG WE TRUST / Katherine Walsh will run from
March 1st – March 31st, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1st from 6-8 PM

Come one, come all to Carnival of Lost Dolls III! Jen Musatto’s signature style returns to Stranger Factory for her fourth feature exhibition at the gallery! Each unique in their own endearing way, “Them Dollz”, are a line of handcrafted plush dolls that evoke a sometimes melancholy and gloomy image of the fleeting nature of childhood. Where innocence and the longing for companionship take a most unusual form, the playful nature of the doll is born.

Her figures are nostalgic and reminiscent of the sewn faces of characters like the classic commercial ragdolls of her childhood. She finds solace in sewing bits and pieces of fabric together watching limbs, torsos and features come to life.

Stranger Factory is pleased to welcome Katherine Walsh in her second feature show, In Dog We Trust. Join us as Walsh takes us on an exploration of her connection to dogs as protectors, throughout the living world and the afterlife.

Walsh’s take on historical embroidery and appliqué puts a new spin on the traditionally domestic craft. Her non-traditional approach to imagery creates a narrative that is both unexpectedly feminine and feisty.

Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory / 3411 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque NM 87106, United States

NEW CLEAR CYAN SOFUBI RELEASE✨
Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus are at it again and this time it is clear what they are up to!
Get ready for the release of new and classic sofubi in beautiful cyan clear!

The assortment of elegance and artistic grace include:
Tara McPherson’s “Stella & Flux”
Kathie Olivas’ “Calliope”, “Penelope”, and “Clementine”
and
Brandt Peters’ “Heathen Snake”, “Stingy Jack”, and “Otto”

Clear Cyan Sofubi releases this Wednesday, January 16th at 12pm PST!
When the time comes, you better hurry to http://www.circusposterus.com/product-category/sofubi/ to get your’s!

(North America sales only) *Limit one figure or set per household


Stranger Factory is pleased to present a solo show with New Mexican artist, David Santiago!

24k features a body of work that looks back at the viewer. Returning to us with his signature style, David Santiago creates an intimate exploration of one’s own value and inner beauty. The subjects in his show are adorned with 24k gold leaf freckles, toying with the idea of how we view our “blemishes”. With each freckle becoming a star in a constellation, the viewer is reminded that nothing is by accident.

David was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and spent his early years as a Hawaiian shirt wearing – rolly-back pack pulling superfan of the film Titanic. Eventually, David forsook the former and embraced the latter, becoming a charcoal artist specializing in female portraiture. When not drawing his French girls, he derives inspiration from his southwest surroundings, and influence from his father, a rock sculptor, whose passion for his work bleeds into David’s dedication to his own. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, David discovered many of the techniques and mediums he still uses, as well as a love of art, and work ethic that can only be born from architecture school’s rigorous sleep depriving demands during his college tenure. David is the exclusive artist of Tractor Brewing Company, and has shown, and been published nationally.

24K by David Santiago will run from
February 1st – February 24th, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st from 6-9 PM

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 

 

MADE IN NEW MEXICO III
January 11th – January 27th

Stranger Factory is pleased to present our third annual local group exhibition!

Made In New Mexico III is our annual exhibition of new works featuring a diverse group ofMade in New Mexico artists from the Land of Enchantment. Made In New Mexico features local artists from throughout the state. Many of the artists are expected to attend the opening reception on January 11th, from 6-9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s participating artists include: Brandt Peters, JohnPaul Gutierrez, Karen Peters, Karl Deuble, Kathie Olivas, Mike Peters, Nicole Sonobe, Pretty.Weird, Rene Palomares, Ryan Singer, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephan Webb, Weston Brownlee and more!
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th from 6-9 PM