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Designercon 2017 Circus Posterus/Stranger Factory booth #519 sales info

Sales will begin at 9am on Saturday and Sunday when doors open for VIPs

All sales are first come first served (except listed below)

Brandt Peters hand painted sofubi (Clyde, Stingy Jack, Astrobat, etc..) will ONLY be available by raffle. Raffle tickets can be obtained from 9am-1pm at the booth, with the drawing at 1:00pm on Saturday only. One ticket per person.

Any unsold sofubi items will be available for first come first serve on Sunday.

There will be limitations on buying multiples of the same sofubi figures / A limited amount of blank GID Astrobats will be available ’only’ with purchase of a hand-painted figure / etc. If you have any questions, please ask someone at the Circus Posterus booth at DesignerCon for more info.

Please keep an eye on our instagram account for updates instagram.com/strangerfactory

Cash or Credit Card accepted

A few releases and exclusives are

Stranger Factory’s Seventh Annual
Winter Salon

DECEMBER 2017

Stranger factory is so pleased to announce our seventh annual group winter exhibition!

Our small works annual group show is an end of year celebration and one of our most exciting exhibitions, featuring new artwork from many local and international artists. This year’s talented line up promises to provide a variety of enticing alternatives for the upcoming gift-giving season including original sketches, paintings, sculptures, plush, and jewelry!
Participating artists, this year, include Daniel Aaron, Creeptoons, Jeremy Cross, Karl Deuble, Fika Art, fufufanny, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Jay Hallopeter, Cassia Harries, Jellykoe, Ken Keirns, Patt Kelley, Shing Yin Khor, Tim Lee, MUMBOT, Jen Musatto, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Ratokim, Vanessa Ramirez, Ellie Rusinova, David Santiago, Joe Scarano, Brandan Styles, Sweet Bestiary, Anna Tillett, The Rots, Mizna Wada, and Stephan Webb.

Winter Salon VII will run from
December 1st – 31st, 2017

Opening Reception: December 1st from 6-9 PM
Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106


Stranger Factory Gallery
presents

November 3-26, 2017

main room
New Works
Dave Johnson

Stacked Pyramids
Jim Mahfood

project room
The Fir / The Green
Amy Earles

Your Freaky Friends
Kaitlin Ziesmer

New Works
Solo exhibition of new works by Dave Johnson
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

American comic icon, “Reverend” Dave Johnson, will be exhibiting new figurative paintings and black and white works on paper inspired by his rich history in character development and comic art. Well known as an Eisner award winning cover artist, Johnson will be presenting his own contemporary narrative work that focuses on sharp, contrasting color compositions and patterns that provide the backdrop for his bold, minimalist portraits.

Stacking Pyramids
Solo exhibition of new works by Jim Mahfood
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Raw, frenetic illustration artist, Jim Mahfood, will be exhibiting new works in “Stacking Pyramids.”His work defines his exploration of imagined senses and sexuality couched in his trademark chaotic style…heaps of black ink seem to explode within and around his subjects as they struggle for a handhold in an unsure world. Mahfood’s illustration style is dense and rich, and carries an intense load of sex, comedy, confidence, and a subtle presence of the fear and uncertainty of impending doom.

The Fir / The Green
Solo exhibition of new work by Amy Earles
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Amy Earles is a US-based artist known for paintings and illustrations with contrasting dark, yet but feminine affection for strong central characters reminiscent of another time. Her foreboding narratives focus on dark figures like witches and mysteriously personified animals along with the unproven innocence of the young.

She explores 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.

Your Freaky Friends
Solo exhibition of new work by Kaitlin Ziesmer
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Denver based Artist Kaitlin Ziesmer will be exhibiting new paintings that feature animals and pop culture archetypes that assume the identities of everyday humans. Her brightly saturated minimalist portraits offer humorous cut and paste alterations that are reminiscent of 80’s fashion magazines and the nostalgia of high school yearbooks.

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Kidrobot is proud to present the newest toy series from Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters, DARK HARBOR.

Dark Harbor reveals a brand new realm and an entirely new cast of cohorts in the continuing adventures of Lord Strange and his universe, from the highly successful and sold out Dunny toy series from this artist duo… The 13.

Our story begins long before Lord Strange began collecting and filling Infernal Manor with ghosts, other-worldly creatures and dark misfits… Little Lord Strange met another young scientist, Lucy Curious.

Right across the pond from Infernal Manor, through the Jellyfish Islands, between the barnacle banks  lies a mysterious Dark Harbor and the strange adventures of Lucy Curious. Curious met Strange one Summer vacation by what one could only describe as fate. With a shared fascination of all things strange, the two spent every single Summer together identifying local animal species, rare poisonous plants, and collecting sample specimens of expired sea life.

One ill-fated Summer, Lucy’s vacation to the sea-side harbor never came to be, when her ship was lost at sea only a mere mile from the port…

At first word, Lord Strange took his boat out to find Lucy where he quickly found himself caught in a hidden world between the living and the dead.

Lucy eventually did wash ashore, the only survivor . Upon her arrival to Strange’s manor, she is unable to find Strange but stumbles upon Strange’s secret laboratory filled with an army of curious mystical creatures and puzzling notebooks filled with plans for robotic marvels, maps to treasure filled ruins, worlds beyond worlds and top secrets yet to be known.

It’s now up to Lucy to finish what Strange had started in, hopes of finding him one day. Join Lucy Curious and her crew of fearless scalyywags, salty sea ghosts, curious beasts and robotic marvels as they travel the world to find her friend, Lord Strange.

Preorder now here

  • Case of 24 randomly assorted figures
  • Display case box comes signed by both artists, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters
  • Comes with exclusive Stranger Factory Dark Harbor enamel pin which will be announced before display boxes ship ($10 value), and a bonus mini print signed by both artists
  • This is a pre-order item that is estimated to be available for shipping December 2017. Shipping schedule subject to change.  Please note that if you purchase this item with other items, the entire order will ship when the pre-order is available for shipment.

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    • This is a pre-order item that is estimated to be available for shipping December 2017. Shipping schedule subject to change.  Please note that if you purchase this item with other items, the entire order will ship when the pre-order is available for shipment.

      Preorder here

 

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Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have a brand new mini series coming from Kidrobot!
This nautical themed series will go very well with Lord Strange and his The 13 Dunny series!
We will have more info soon about preorders, but for now a tale of…
Right across the pond from Infernal Manor, through the Jellyfish Islands, between the barnacle banks lies a mysterious Dark Harbor and the strange adventures of Lucy Curious. Curious met Strange one Summer vacation by what one could only describe as fate. With a shared fascination of all things strange, the two spent every single Summer together identifying local animal species, rare poisonous plants, and collecting sample specimens of expired sea life. One ill-fated Summer, Lucy’s vacation to the sea-side harbor never came to be, when her ship was lost at sea only a mere mile from the port… At first word, Lord Strange took his boat out to find Lucy where he quickly found himself caught in a hidden world between the living and the dead. Lucy eventually did wash ashore, the only survivor . Upon her arrival to Strange’s manor, she is unable to find Strange but stumbles upon Strange’s secret laboratory filled with an army of curious mystical creatures and puzzling notebooks filled with plans for robotic marvels, maps to treasure filled ruins, worlds beyond worlds and top secrets yet to be known. It’s now up to lucy to finish what Strange had started in, hopes of finding him one day. Join Lucy Curious and her crew of fearless scalyywags, salty sea ghosts, curious beasts and robotic marvels as they travel the world to find her friend, Lord Strange.
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Stranger Factory Gallery
presents

main room

Bewitching VII
Annual Group Halloween Exhibition

project room
Of Longing and Otherness
Dark Town Sally

The Lady is a Vamp
Angela Oster

All three exhibitions runs October 6th – 29th, 2017
Opening Reception: October 66-9 PM

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Bewitching VII
Group Exhibition of new works inspired by vintage Halloween.
October 6 – 29, 2017
Opening reception, October 6, 6-9 pm

Stranger Factory is pleased to announce our Halloween group exhibition, “Bewitching VII” in our main gallery. Bewitching is the annual Halloween group show featuring an eclectic group of artists creating their own personal versions of iconic Halloween-related imagery in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Halloween is an incredibly special holiday for Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory, and our favorite time of year. We hold many shows and events each year, but Bewitching is always one of our favorites, and we hope you’ll join us for this celebration of all things dark and spooky.

This years participating artists include Kathie Olivas, Karl Deuble, Yosiell Lorenzo, Brandt Peters, Jen Musato, the Beast Brothers, Nightmerriment, Mizna Wada, Ally Burke, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Jen Musatto, Jeremy Cross, Sandi Ray Pierce, Jay Hallopeter, Mandy Palumbo, Mumbot, Patt Kelley, Max Lehman, Ken Keirns, Vanessa Ramirez, and more!
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Of Longing and Otherness
Solo exhibition of new work by Dark Town Sally
October 6-29, 2017
Opening reception, October 6, 6-9 pm

Dark Town Sally Emerging artist Dark Town Sally resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico and works primarily in moody watercolor that depicts the dark and mysterious. Her vision of Victorian spookery focuses on the melancholy of young witches and gentle Halloween haunts.
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Solo exhibition of new work by Angela Oster
October 6-29, 2017
Opening reception, October 6, 6-9 pm

Angela Joy Oster haunts the shores of Lake Erie in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio and creates a spooky world of assorted wide eyed weirdies. “The Lady is a Vamp” is a parade of delicate monsters and scrawny vampire floozies.

Stranger Factory Gallery
presents

Outré
Phil Noto & Brandt Peters

 

project room
Unearthed
Mudmonkey (Simon Boses) & Calan Ree

Both 2-person exhibitions run September 1st – October 1st, 2017
Opening Reception: September 1, 6-9 PM

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Outré
2-Person exhibition of new works by Phil Noto & Brandt Peters
September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening reception, September 1, 6-9 pm

Contemporary narrative artists, Phil Noto and Brandt Peters are joining forces to create a 2 person exhibition focused on empowered portraits of the strange, the unusual, and the eccentric.

Phil Noto is an Eisner nominated American painter, comic book/ concept artist who is known for his work on such titles as Black Widow, Jonah Hex, Uncanny X-Force, and most recently Star Wars (Chewbacca and Shattered Empire). After a 10 year career at Disney Feature Animation, he started to work full-time as an artist for Marvel, DC, Image Comics and Dark Horse, and as well, time in gaming working on such blockbuster hits such as Bioshock. While most of his commercial work is done digitally, Noto works in traditional acrylic painting for his fine art works that focus on contemporary character portraits of iconic empowered women that teeter into superheroes and villainous archetypes.

Brandt Peters emerged from the entertainment industry into an internationally recognized and accomplished fine artist, designer, and producer. Often known for his award winning toy designs, Peters is also a mixed media painter and story-teller who centers his work on character design and visual development. His work hearkens back to the earliest days of comics and animation, with a seeming simplicity that hides layers of intricate back story rooted in humor and a strong, empowering narrative voice.

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Unearthed
2-Person exhibition of new work by Mudmonkey & Calan Ree
September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening reception, September 1, 6-9 pm

In the project room, ceramicists Simon Boses and Calan Ree present new character driven works exploring nature’s role in inspiring mythology and personifying its elements.

Simon Boses creates an ongoing mythology through ceramic narrative figures. His myth is influenced by the events of his life, often drawing upon threads of common human experience. Simon’s creations have a surface meaning that is easy to recognize. Further investigation reveals the use of a library of symbols developed over a lifetime to layer ideas into the physical form. Allowing a deeper, subtler symbolism in the piece.

Calan Ree creates contemporary ceramic and mixed media figurative sculpture. Clay is her first true love, so even when working in bone or metal, there is more often than not, ceramic binding the elements together. She finds the natural world just as intriguing as the folk lore that tries to explain it. Her work is figurative in nature and often expresses the hidden spirit that resides within the subject.

Stranger Factory Gallery
presents
 
Woodland Escapade – Stan Manoukian
 
The Succulent Gardener – Johnpaul Gutierrez
 
Somewhere in Dreamland – Fika Art
 
Creeptopia – Creeptoons
 
All 4 solo exhibitions run August 4th – 27th, 2017
Opening Reception: August 4th, 6-9 PM
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Woodland Escapade
Solo exhibition of new work by Stan Manoukian
August 4 – 27, 2017
Opening reception, August 4, 6-9 pm
STAN MANOUKIAN is a Paris-based artist whose work focuses on inhuman flora and fauna in both traditional 2d illustration and resin sculptures. His evolving creatures narrate complex and otherworldly legends of newly discovered species and categorizes each new beast with his own scientific observations.
Manoukian is an internationally recognized member of the Circus Posterus Collective, known for his comic illustration, film and commercial story development, toy design and monster creation.

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The Succulent Gardener
Solo exhibition of new work by Johnpaul Gutierrez
August 4 – 27, 2017
Opening reception, August 4, 6-9 pm
John Paul Guiterrez’s new solo exhibition, “The Succulent Gardener”, brings this local Albuquerque talent to Stranger Factory for second solo exhibition of new drawings and paintings. His work focuses on surreal worlds where flora and fauna are sometimes indistinguishable from one another; sometimes as one, co-existing as distortions in a phantom reality. Guiterrez transports you into his dream-like landscape that is familiar enough to draw you in but strange enough that you cannot look away until you’ve decoded every dense layer of symbolism and iconography. Best described as “naturalist meets surrealist”, Stranger Factory is excited to bring you new works from this incredible talent.

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Somewhere in Dreamland
Solo exhibition of new work by Fika Art
August 4 – 27, 2017
Opening reception, August 4, 6-9 pm
Fika Art is a the illustrated brand of emerging artist Stefani Rabideaux. Her colorful 2d works combines elements of darkness and isolation with vivid contrasting tones that are nostalgic of vintage illustration. Her delicate female characters evoke hope and optimism in dark times.

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Creeptopia
Solo exhibition of new work by Creeptoons
July 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception, July 7, 6-9 pm
Creeptoons is the emerging creature brand by Florida based artist Matt Duncan. His 2d illustrative works begin as automatic drawings which develop as big strokes of drippy landscape and ink blotches that transform into dark and mischievous characters hoping to add chaos and misfortune to his apocalyptic landscapes.

 

 

Stranger Factory Gallery
presents
“A Memory”
Lana Crooks
&
“Matriarchy”
Horrible Adorables

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A Memory
Solo exhibition of new work by Lana Crooks
July 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception, July 7, 6-9 pm
The work for “A Memory” is inspired by victorian jewelry, mourning practices and hair work. For this exhibit I have learned traditional hair work using instructional manuals from the 1870’s and have used a number of materials (even my own hair) to emulate the victorian memorials. Creating wool skeletons and silk flowers encrusted in glass, jet, onyx and other semi precious beads to create modern memento mori specimens.
Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities that are a blend of science and fantasy. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, she frequently teams up with other artists to breathe three dimensional life into their illustrations, earning her two Designer Toy Awards. She enjoys drawing from real specimens in dusty back rooms of Chicago’s natural history museums but, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, aging fabrics, and a cat named Tanuki.

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Matriarchy
Solo exhibition of new work by Horrible Adorables
July 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception, July 7, 6-9 pm
Horrible Adorables current body of work depicts matriarchal societies in the form of anthropomorphized creatures. It shows the social dynamics between royalty and their subjects; from those loyally serving their ruler to the fate of doomed queens after a revolt. Our hybrid creature interpretations are loosely based on matriarchies in the animal kingdom, where females reign supreme.
 
Horrible Adorables are the creations of Jordan Elise Perme and Christopher Lees; a wife and husband team from Cleveland, Ohio. They met at the Cleveland Institute of Art where Jordan graduated with her BFA in Fiber & Material Studies, and Chris was pursuing training in fine arts after completing his BS in Mechanical Engineering.
 
Jordan and Chris bring their soft sculptures to life by meticulously arranging patterns of felt scales onto hard carved forms. The resulting characters have qualities that are both cartoonish and eerily realistic at the same time. Horrible Adorables are strange hybrid creatures from a fantastical word. Their facial expressions and postures reveal recognizably human emotions as they interact with one another. Horrible Adorables can be found online and at indie craft fairs, galleries, and boutiques across the globe.
 
In addition to Horrible Adorables, Jordan also works as a freelance toy and textile designer. She has proudly worked for companies such as Little Tikes, Hasbro and Joann Fabrics.