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Now this is our kind of apocalypse party! CP customizer Leecifer is bringing an alien invasion to Albuquerque for Circus Annual, opening next Friday at Stranger Factory. Indeed, Big Sal has been given the Leecifer treatment with his trademark bold colours and steel wool-style paint application. Loving the addition of the Greeter-style spiral noses, as well. The Sals will also be joined by a few custom Stingy Jacks, including the remaining Candy Corns Jacks that debuted earlier this month at DesignerCon.

Circus Annual opens Dec. 7th with a reception from 6 to 9pm. Show’s on until the end of the month!

 

Miami Beach will be flooded with some of the art world’s best as Art Basel gears up for its 11th year in Florida. Our own Travis Louie will be exhibiting a small collection of new paintings as part of Aqua - a contemporary art fair focused on supporting young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid career artists. It’s unconfirmed whether Travis will be attending, but he will be represented by William Baczek Fine Arts. Look for their setup in the Aqua Hotel!

Aqua Art opens Dec. 6 and runs through Dec. 9. For more info on the event, hop over to the Art Basel and Aqua Art websites.

If you’re like me and have been waiting forever for your own Scott Radke commission, my friends, our time has come! For the last month or so, Scott has been on a tear, striking off many a collector’s bucket lists with owls, dogs and — get this — an ELEPHANT. I figured Scott had done it all, but that … that’s a first.

Fashioned from clay and burlap, the sculptures all stand around the 20-inch mark. If you’re looking to get something done by Scott, email him at scott@scottradke.com. Scott will also be exhibiting with Kathie Olivas and Stephen Webb at Stranger Factory in April 2013, so be sure to mark your calendars for that, as well!

She may have just wrapped up SUBTERRANE this month at Stranger Factory, but resident painter/sculptor/wonder woman Valency Genis isn’t through yet! A few days ago she gave us this exciting sneak peek into her studio, where she’s busily fashioning a whole fleet of taxidermy “Skelve heads” for Circus Annual. Some are real, some are resin, some are tentacles — all are unique and equally fabulous! Valency anticipates having 9 or 10 for the show, so there will be plenty of Skelve lovin’ to go around.

Circus Annual opens Dec. 7th with a reception from 6 to 9pm. Valency will be in attendance, so be sure to say hello!

After closing out his very successful show, Dead Wood, at Stranger Factory last month, Gary Ham is barreling full speed ahead with lots of new work and a new child on the way! He’s had a busy year, with the release of the adorable Wooper Looper and the stackable Monster Toytem, which was first seen in handmade wood form at last year’s Bewitching show.


(Ham, hamming.)

Ham graciously allowed me to hog a bit of his time for a short interview on some of his processes, tools, and artistic choices. Process images usually make me squeal with delight, and the trough of images Gary sent in are no exception. Anyway, I won’t boar you to death with my bad puns, sow let’s just move on to the interview, shall we?

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Did you see us rockin’ Circus Posterus shirts at Designer Con? Maybe you need a new shirt to represent your love of the Circus to all your friends? We got you covered – literally!

In the Circus Posterus Store, we have this amazing Lucky Skull shirt designed by Brandt Peters. Men’s unisex and girl-fit sizes are available in black and brown. Now, we can’t leave the younglings out, so we have kids versions too!  Show off the world of Circus Posterus with a Lucky Skull today!

On Dec. 1, NYC’s AFA Gallery is hosting its annual Collector’s Event, a one-evening affair where art lovers come together, share a cocktail and admire the gallery’s breathtaking collection of fine art and illustration. Rare PEANUTS comics strips and illustrations are pulled from the vault for the event, along with original Beatles Yellow Submarine animation cels and illustrations from Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and Bill Watterson.

Also joining these art greats on the walls are some of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Kathie Olivas, Nicoletta CeccoliKinuko CraftLin EsserTom EverhartBrian FroudTravis LouieKristen Margiotta and Abby Modell, some of whom will be in attendance. For those who missed the opening of Kathie’s Haunted exhibition, this is a wonderful opportunity to stop in. And be in the company of some of the industry’s greatest creatives, to boot!

To RSVP for the event, email AFA at rsvp@afanyc.com. The Collector’s Event will take place on Sat., Dec. 1, from 6-9pm.