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Stranger Factory is pleased to announce contemporary character artists, Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd will be joining forces once again for their fifth collaborative Stranger Factory show, entitled “Harvest Moon.” Drawing from a mutual fondness of Halloween, the two have crafted a show that celebrates crunchy fallen leaves, crisp autumn air, and the spooky darkness of a moonless night.

Chris’s detailed sculpting brings iconic characters into his own signature style. Friendly pumpkins, black cats, bats, and other creatures of the night will come out to play.

Amanda’s vintage-inspired Dust Bunnies recall a nostalgic Halloween from days gone by. Festooned with garlands, Trick-or-Treat bags, witch hats, and other festive touches, they eagerly await the witching hour with wide-eyed wonder.

About the Artists:
Amanda Louise Spayd’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail. Her aesthetic is influenced by her love of antiques and textiles, as well as a deep nostalgia for the innocent curiosity and emotional attachments of childhood. Creating objects that evoke strong emotions – pity, love, or a feeling of protection over them – is at the core of what inspires her artistically. She has been published internationally, and is highly sought after by collectors around the globe, as well as having recently entered the toy market with both Japanese sofubi and vinyl blindbox toys, as well as cast-resin collectible figures.

Chris Ryniak is an American artist born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He spent his childhood basking in the warm glow of Saturday morning cartoons and flipping over rocks in search of insects, reptiles and ghosts.

A sculptor and painter of all manner of creatures both large and small, he has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. His work has also been published in numerous books and periodicals in the US as well as in Europe and Asia. Chris is a toy-designer and sculptor of numerous instantly sold-out editions of designer art toys and figures. He is also well-known for his series of daily monster drawing project entitled ” Morning Scribbles” in which he has created and shared over 800 original creatures.
The show will run September 2 – October 2nd, 2016.
Opening Reception on September 2nd (6-9 PM)
*Both artists will be in attendance

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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Monsters & Misfits IV

A Circus Posterus Exhibition at Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo

Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus (T+CP) is delighted to announce Monsters & Misfits IV, an exhibit of new work presented in collaboration with Tomenosuke-Syoten. This is the first Monsters and Misfits in Tokyo (Japan) and will be on display at Shibuya Hikarie at Creative Space “8/” from April 1st – 7th.

Monsters and Misfits IV will feature returning artists Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, and Carisa Swenson. Shing Yin Khor, Leslie Levings, Lana Crooks, and Kevin Titzer join the returning exhibition as new additions to the roster.

This museum level exhibition will bring you through a parade of strange and fantastic creatures and characters from these top contemporary designers, toy makers, and fine artists. This year’s group of Circus Posterus’ artists and guests present a hand-made sideshow of beady eyed night critters, devils, reptilian oddities, mouse kings, kappa skulls, ghost children, and more that promise to leave you awash in starry-eyed wonder. The fourth installment of this show features primarily hand made toys and sculptures inspired by cryptozoology and an idealized, re-imagined  animal kindgdom. Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Amanda Louise Spayd, and Chris Ryniak will be attending the opening reception on April 1st.

To purchase original artwork and, or view the Monsters and Misfits IV exhibition online, please visit www.tomenosuke.com on April 2nd (11 AM local Tokyo time) when the web preview is launched. Please contact Tomenosuke.com directly for any Monsters and Misfits IV purchase related questions.

Press images and additional promotional artist information are available upon request from our Press Manager.

The exhibit will run April 1st to 7th at Shibuya Hikarie in Tokyo, Japan, with an opening reception on April 1st.

Shibuya Hikarie (Creative Space “8/”)
2-21-1 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan
150-8510
03-5468-5892
http://www.hikarie.jp/en/

www.tomenosuke.com
www.circusposterus.com

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Time to jump right in to more San Diego Comic Con goodness!
clClementine is coming to ‪#‎sdcc‬!
This amazing lass by Kathie Olivas and produced by Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke is limited to only 100 and will have a general release after the con. Lucky for you #sdcc goers, we are bringing a few to Cardboard Spaceship booth 5638!

CMRBooger Bandana Grubthum by Chris Ryniak will be available in very limited quantities starting this Friday, July 10!

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Cardboard Specaeship does it again with an Amanda Louise Spayd ‪#‎sdcc‬exclusive!
Limited to only 100, this “tropical” version of Clover from the upcoming Thimblestump Hollow mini series!

 

More soon!

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Safe Harbor

Chris Ryniak & Amanda Louise Spayd

From the edge of the boardwalk to the bottom of the sea,
adventure awaits!

Ohio artists Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd are back with another collaborative exhibit, “Safe Harbor”. Moving away from their usual land-locked world, the artists breathe new life into the creatures who make their homes both above and below the boardwalk.

The artists have collaborated on some of their most ambitious new works yet, both stepping out of their comfort zone to tackle an entirely new breed of their well-loved creations. They’ve envisioned a world revolving around a dilapidated old wharf, worn by time and salt, inhabited by creatures both new and familiar.

This fresh and unexplored world has led both artists to craft bold, new creations; some of Spayd’s original Dust Bunnies have grown fins, adorning themselves with shells, crab claws, and fishhooks, while “Safe Harbor” will also reveal plenty of fresh, sea-dwelling additions to Ryniak’s usual roster of meticulously sculpted characters.

This is the fourth large-scale collaboration by Chris and Amanda, and as they continue to share ideas and inspire each other, their creations have found themselves cohabiting the rotting planks and watery depths of their own crumbling coastal paradise.

Join us at Stranger Factory as we drop anchor and spend some time with this fantastic new family of creatures from two of our most popular artists.

The opening reception is Friday, April 10th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both artists will be in attendance.

***Due to high demand for these artists, items from the show will be available via raffle for attendees of the opening. Please contact Stranger Factory for more details.***

The opening reception is Friday, April 10th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both artists will be in attendance.

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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Get ready because we are packing our booth for Designer Con with so much awesome, your head will spin for at least a few hours. We are holding down fort at booth #700 and when the doors open on Nov. 8 & 9 come on down to see us for a line raffle ticket.

Now it is time to cut to the info on our first round of exclusives and releases.
C-DconKathie Olivas
Bitter Mantis Calliope
Edition of 60
$95

HS-DCONBrandt Peters
Bitter Mantis Heathen
Edition of 60
$95

Mini bubblegutChris Ryniak
Aqua Lime Mini Bubblegut  
Edition of 12 (only 6 at DCON with the rest at Winter Salon)
$200

FuzzlethumpChris Ryniak
Green Grape Fuzzlethump
Edition of 10
$200

BurblebumChris Ryniak
Harlequin Burblebum
Edition of 12
$200

More exclusives and releases soon!
Designer Con
November 8 and 9
Pasadena Convention Center 
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

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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)