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Following the internet-crippling success of his TRIGGER exhibition with FERG last January, Brandt Peters returns with Posthumous Menagerie, a mini solo exhibition taking place in Stranger Factory’s Small Projects Room. In addition to a whole whack of new paintings, drawings and sculptures, the event will also mark the release of the third production colorway of Brandt’s Stingy Jack sofubi. A tribute to classic cartoons of the silver screen era, the monochrome, Old Timey  edition is limited to only 120 pieces. More details on that to come as we inch closer to the date!

Posthumous Menagerie opens Jan. 4th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. Brandt will be floating about the gallery, so be sure to say hello! 

WITH STEVE BROWN

Calling all comic book nerds, Stranger Factory is kicking off 2013 with a bif! whap! pow! and BANG with The Art of Narrative, a comic arts exhibition curated by industry giant Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex, Punisher, Painkiller Jane). Showcasing narrative-based art and illustration from an amazing group of critically-acclaimed comic book and fine artists, The Art of Narrative celebrates a cross-section of artists and illustrators in the industry who are not only masters of storytelling, but elevate comic art beyond its commercial graphics roots and into a higher form of artistry.

The exhibition will present original works by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Geoff Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd), Bill Ward (Torchy), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Guardians of the Galaxy), John Buscema (Conan The Barbarian), Klaus Janson (Batman), Sanjulian (Devlin’s Luck), Raffa Garres (Wolverine), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), among others.
The Art of Narrative opens Friday, Jan. 4th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm.  Jimmy Palmiotti and his partner in crime, Amanda Conner, will be in attendance.And it doesn’t stop there: in conjunction with this exhibit, Stranger Factory will host a special 2-hour writing workshop with Jimmy Palmiotti on Sunday, Jan. 6th. The workshop will discuss creating your own characters and intellectual property and how to sell it beyond the printed page. With Palmiotti’s wide range of experience in writing and creating for comics, video games, television and films, attendees will have a chance to gain first-hand industry knowledge to help with their own careers. Palmiotti has worked with a number of the top publishers and intellectual property holders in the world, and during this workshop will offer artists valuable information and coaching on creating, protecting, and monetizing their work.

Tickets are $50 per person, and space is very limited. To reserve your tickets, please contact the gallery at strangerfactorysales@gmail.com  or (505) 508-3049 as soon as possible! 

To the lucky dozen or so who secured a spot on the Paris Pack list on the Circus Posterus forum, boy are you in for a treat: Brandt Peters is throwing in a wayback playback with the return of his vintage postcard sketches, similar to his Komic Kards from a few years back. That’s right: sketches on vintage postcards that the gang picked up at the big Paris flea market while in town for Le Carnaval des Spectres. Can I get a hot damn?!

What’s even more exciting is that Brandt plans on having the real-deal Komic Kards as part of Posthumous Menagerie, his mini solo at Stranger Factory next month. So if you missed out on the Paris pack, another opportunity to score some sketch goodness awaits you in the new year!

 

 

Chris Ryniak’s Nuggleworts will be in very good company at Stranger Factory’s annual holiday bash this Friday, with one heck of a sweet reveal dropped on CP’s Instagram this past weekend. Kathie Olivas will have a pair of abso-freaking-gorgeous handpainted Elizabeths at the show: Bear Hood and Masked. The weathering on their coats and hats just kills me. These gals stand 8 inches, just like the production Plasma and Honey versions we’ve seen.

Circus Annual opens this Friday (Dec. 7th) with a reception from 6 to 9pm. Time to get your gift on!!

YOUR CRUMBS ARE BELONG TO US.

Following months of WIPs and teasers, we finally have a good look at Chris Ryniak’s Nuggleworts for Circus Annual, opening this Friday at Stranger Factory. From left to right, say hello to THISTLEWORT, DEADSTONEWORT and SHALLOWORT. Each colorway is an edition of TWO, so expect SIX of these little dudes to be scampering around the gallery. The Nuggles stand 6 inches and all are cast, cleaned, painted and loved by Chris. You’d expect them to look a little happier … separation anxiety, perhaps?

Circus Annual opens THIS FRIDAY! (Dec. 7) with a reception from 6-9pm. ABQ friends, you get first crack at the goods! Online collectors, expect the preview to hit your inbox this weekend. We’ll start taking email requests on Monday, Dec. 10th at Noon PST.

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!