2 NEW PRINT RELEASE
by Phil Noto
13″ x 19″ paper size
11″ x 16.5″ image size
Edition of 40
by Phil Noto
13″ x 9.5″ paper size
11″ x 7.5″ image size
Edition of 40
2 NEW PRINT RELEASE
by Phil Noto
13″ x 19″ paper size
11″ x 16.5″ image size
Edition of 40
by Phil Noto
13″ x 9.5″ paper size
11″ x 7.5″ image size
Edition of 40
Bewitching X, Stranger Factory’s 10th Annual Fall Group Exhibition
features works by Genevieve Greer, Anna Tillett, Ally Burke, Jeremy
Cross, Amy Earles, Fika Art, Vannesa Ramirez, Defective Pudding,
Kaitlin Zeismer, Stephanie Eichelberger, Caitlin McCarthy, Kathie
Olivas, & Brandt Peters.
Brandt, “Apparently I broke the internet by uploading my hand painted
vinyl sofubi for Bewitching X…it crashed our site. So this is what
we’re going to do…”
If you would like to be considered for random lottery drawing to
purchase a piece, please send your email and contact info to
email@example.com from NOW until 12 noon PST Monday, the
A number will be assigned to your email and you will be emailed should
your number be drawn. We will contact you with further instructions
from there. Thank you all who were looking forward to your very own
Astrobat, we apologize for the difficulties earlier today. -Stranger
Dark Playgrounds by Johnpaul Gutierrez
Gutierrez developed the theme of Dark Playgrounds in response to the
growing uncertainty of our children’s future. Having two young
children himself has caused him to reflect on the upcoming
difficulties of navigating the rapidly, changing world. Witnessing the
constant chaos and unrest in the news as well as social media, has
created a nervous agitation about humanity’s immediate future and more
so for our littlest and most vulnerable humans. The need to express
this concern became prominent as playgrounds and schools were shut
down due to the pandemic.
Gutierrez creates a swirling mashup of slides, skulls, and symbolic
creatures emerging from the eyes and mouths of colorful faces. The
characters are the hidden voices that are constantly trying to dictate
a response; these monsters emerge yelling and suspicious while
inhabiting this dark playground.
Self-taught illustrator and visual artist, Christa Dippel, works under
the artist name Defective Pudding. Her works are primarily created in
color pencil and graphite. Her pieces take on a nostalgic, sweet
appearance while also exploring melancholy subjects. She draws most of
her inspiration from vintage media, toys, and clothes, as well as
wildlife and nature.
Bystander in My Tale of Luck explores the daily experience of anxiety,
mental exhaustion, and a wide range of emotions that mute any attempt
at productivity. Defective Pudding puts emphasis on the emotions in
her creations by utilizing the artist’s feelings towards one’s daily
life. The feeling of an inexperienced gambler each morning, waking up
with no clue what to expect, and the feeling of losing more often than
not. Hope you enjoy this tale of luck.
Portland based artist, Lana Crooks will be having an ongoing solo
exhibition, Found Lost. Unlike other shows, this one is released as
small collections throughout the rest of the year. The next phase of
this series is coming soon.
See the entire show here
We will be rescheduling our upcoming exhibitions; check our website for updates!
Brandt Peters & Phil Noto coming this November! This will be a preview
show for a larger upcoming exhibit in February!
Stranger Factory is pleased to announce:
Invisible Monsters, a new solo exhibition by contemporary painter, Mike Egan.
Available NOW for online purchase!
Mike Egan is known for works that explore life and death and the thin veil between the two, expressed in bold lines and color. His new body of work, produced while under self-quarantine, is an exquisite survey and summary of the human condition during these Pandemic Times.
Egan received a degree in Fine Art from Edinboro University and his work is influenced by his educational emphasis on block printing, early appreciation of traditional and prison-style tattoo design, and later experience as a funeral director.
Invisible Monsters and Midnight: Summer Encore are currently on display and available for individual or small group viewings, by appointment only.
You can view and purchase the entire show online here.
March 2020 at Stranger Factory
Midnight with David Santiago
Opening Reception (artist will be in attendance):
Friday, March 6th from 6-8 PM
Solo Exhibition on display March 6 – 29th, 2020
David Santiago is a local figurative artist, known for his large scale work consisting of beautifully layered abstract portraits that contrast graphic lines with boldly structured shapes against soft feminine skin tones, often echoed in wood grains.
March will bring MIdnight, David Santiago’s third solo show at Stranger Factory.
For the artist, this show is a way to revisit the high contrast, black and white style that David first fell in love with when experimenting with charcoal.
His latest pieces, debuting March 6th, force one to get up close and personal with each figure. These dark pieces present an intimate opportunity to seek out the details in someone’s face, as if at night, by the shimmer of moonlight..
We are expecting approximately 15-20 original pieces for Midnight.
Three news shows this FEBRUARY at Stranger Factory
Nico Salazar: Chicas – solo exhibition
Sugar Fueled: Apurritions – solo exhibition
New Best Friends II – group exhibition
Opening Reception (some artists will be in attendance):
Friday, February 7th from 6-8 PM
Nico Salazar of Future Fantasy Delight is an illustrator, muralist, and designer from Santa Fe, NM known for his blend of cute & dangerous imagery, influenced by comics, graffiti art, manga, street culture, and 90s nostalgia. Nico received his BFA in Painting from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2014
The Sugar Fueled world created by Michael Banks is known for big, bright-eyed animals and Stranger Factory is stoked to present his new body of work.
Michael, along with his wife and manager Sarah Banks, run Sugar Fueled clothing based on his character design and his trademark broken star that represents perseverance, set with the goal of making the world a sweeter and happier place.
“Apurritions” will feature 13 original paintings of ghost kittens engaging in spirit communication, reminiscent of old séance invitations, as well as custom spirit boards, planchettes, and pendulums!
New Best Friends II – Group Show
Local artist, screen printer, and musician Karl Deuble did it again and Stranger Factory is proud to present his second curated group show NEW BEST FRIENDS II!
Karl grew up in Belen, NM before moving to Albuquerque to pursue his BFA from the University of New Mexico, which he received in 2006. Inspired by street art, cartoons, music, and cats, Karl uses screen printing, spray paint, acrylic and ink to create his style of characters.
With NEW BEST FRIENDS II, Karl introduces Stranger Factory fans to artists who inspire his work and his vision and make the world a brighter place. This show is sure to be fun-packed and full of colorful character design and juicy illustration!
This year’s participating artists include: Debbies Grahl, Deth P. Sun, Ego, John Van Horn, Karl Deuble, Matt Sinclair, Nekoes, Steve Ehret, and Tripper Dungan
***ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS
ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***
Made in NM IV
Annual Group Exhibition
January 10th – February 2nd
Opening reception: Second Friday January 10th 6-8pm
Stranger Factory is kicking off 2020 with Made in NM IV,
our fourth annual group show, featuring local artists from
throughout the Land of Enchantment!
Many of the artists are expected to attend the opening reception
and we do hope you will join us. Look forward to seeing you there!
This year’s participating artists include: Brandt Peters, David Santiago, Jodie Herrera, Joel Nakamura, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Kathie Olivas, Karl Deuble, Mario Romero, Max Lehman, Nico Salazar, Rene Palomares, Ryan Singer, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephen Webb, Stephanie Eichelberger, valeri blossom, and more!
SIREN: 1999 – A two-person show with Phil Noto and Brandt Peters / CARRY ME – A feature show of new works by Sad Salesman will run from
November 1st – December 1st, 2019
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, November 1st from 6-8 PM
Siren: 1999 is an exhibition of new works by contemporary narrative artists, Brandt Peters and Phil Noto. Both artists explore strong female characters inspired by science fiction, music, mysteries, and rebellion set through an alternate universe in 1999.
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. He is one of original founders of Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory gallery and works as an Art Director for Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.
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. Phil Noto has been a prominent featured artist at Stranger Factory since its opening in 2011.
Carry Me is a show about love. As a parent of two (and soon to be three), Eric Althin, AKA Sad Salesman, has heard the phrase “Carry me!” more than his aging back would like. He has come to understand that it is not just about the literal act of carrying someone, it’s about what we do for those we love and the support we get in return. Everyone needs to be carried at some point in their life and this show helps us celebrate the act.
Sad Salesman, is a Brooklyn based artist and character designer. Eric has been customizing vinyl toys since 2004, and launched his own toy brand ‘Sad Salesman’ in 2017. Prior, he was the co-founder and curator at Bold Hype Gallery. He has also created numerous characters for mobile games and showcases his original sculptures in various exhibitions across the US. In 2018 Eric won the Designer Toy Award for breakthrough artist of the year.
***ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This October at Stranger Factory gallery
TO DIE FOR – A two-person show with Creeptoons and Fika Art
BEWITCHING IX – Our Annual Halloween Group Show
will run from
October 4th – October 27th, 2019
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, October 4th from 6-8 PM
To Die For features a new series of mixed media work from Fika Art and Creeptoons. Together, they explore the concepts of relationships, romance, and rejection…from love, loss and everything in between.
Creeptoons is the 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.
Fika Art is a the illustrated brand of artist Stefani Rabideaux. Her 2d works combine 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.
Bewitching is our 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 October is our favorite time of year. We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of all things dark and spooky!
This years participating artists include: Ally Burke, Andy Sciazko, Anna Tillett, Brandt Peters, Calan Ree, Cassia Harries, Christin Apodaca, Chris Haas, Genevieve Geer, Gretchen Lewis, Ivonne Carley, Jen Musatto, Karl Deuble, Kathie Olivas, Kelly Denato, Mary Syring, Michelle Lynch, Mizna Wada, Nana Williams, Nora Thompson, Pantovola, Pretty.Weird, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephanie Inagaki, Tanya Marriott, Uncanny Creatures, Weston Brownlee, Yetis and Friends and more!
*ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us for the release and signing of Shing Yin Khor’s new book, The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 as well as
An Afternoon Of Creative Conversations
Saturday, September 7th 1-4PM
Conversations and snacks curated by Shing Yin Khor
Queer Comics and Southwest History
A conversation with Melanie Gilman
(with book signings to follow)
Building Creative Careers
A round table conversation with Ryan Singer, Melanie Gilman, and friends, moderated by Shing Yin Khor.
Divinations for a Creative Path
with Leslie Levings and The Oracle Bird
“If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that is best
Get your kicks on Route 66.”—Bobby Troup
Route 66 covers a total of almost 2,500 miles, famously winding from Chicago to LA. Established in 1926, it’s been called the Main Street of America, was dedicated to Will Rogers and is an essential part of Americana. Even those who’ve never traveled its roads know it from pop music, the 1960’s TV show Route 66, the Cars franchise, and John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.
As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people, sunlight, and freeways. The second looked much more like The Grapes of Wrath—a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Khor ever since and help explain their fascination with Route 66. In the spring of 2016, 10 years after moving to LA and 4 years after becoming an American citizen, Khor embarked on a road trip along Highway 66 in a 2010 Honda Fit, accompanied only by their trusty road-trip adventure dog Bug.
On sale from Zest Books on August 6, 2019, Khor’s graphic memoir The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito allows readers to ride shotgun for a deeply personal and playful pilgrimage of roadside attractions, abandoned towns, diners, and motels. Like the very best road trips, the book relishes in unusual sites and roadside kitsch, with detours providing arcane trivia and profound observations alike. We visit Oatman, AZ, a former gold-mining town where several Hollywood films were shot. We stop at Two Guns, AZ, the abandoned site of the former tourist trap known as The Apache Death Cave. We take in plenty of iconic landmarks, from Holbrook, AZ’s dinosaur statues to Oklahoma’s Blue Whale of Catoosa.
The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito is already receiving accolades:
Khor takes that ‘feeling of desperately searching for something better, for a new start,’ and adapts it to their own ‘pilgrimage’ as immigrant and artist traveling historic Route 66…in whimsical full-color detail.—Booklist (Starred Review)
Breathtaking.—School Library Journal
Offers important perspectives on being an immigrant and American identity.—Kirkus Reviews
Shing Yin Khor’s trip preceded the 2016 Presidential Election by a few months. And as Khor writes, “This comic feels like a record of a time when a brown girl could drive America fearlessly.” It is both the document of one cartoonist’s trip on the open road and a portrait of a constantly evolving America. Khor’s journey echoes the Joad family’s desperate pursuit of a better life out West, and the book takes stock of both the myth and the reality of the American Dream. We invite you to join us on the ride.
Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist. Their work has been published in The Toast, The Nib, Upworthy, Huffington Post, and Bitch Magazine. They make the road trip adventure comic Tiny Adventure Journal, and the tender queer science fiction comic Center for Otherworld Science. They are also the author of The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito published by Zest Books. They live in Los Angeles.
Melanie Gillman is a cartoonist and colored pencil artist who draws positive queer and trans comics for young readers. They are the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, published in 2017 by Iron Circus Comics. As the Crow Flies has been named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book, won the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award for Best Middle Grade Graphic Novel, and been nominated for an Ignatz, Eisner, and Dwayne McDuffie Award. In addition to their comics work, they are also an adjunct professor in the Comics MFA Program at the California College of the Arts, where they teach classes about making comics and professional practices.
In their rollicking queer western adventure, Stage Dreams, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman (Stonewall Award Honor Book As the Crow Flies) puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory. When Flor—also known as the notorious Ghost Hawk—robs the stagecoach that Grace has used to escape her Georgia home, the first thing on her mind is ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor’s plan to crash a Confederate gala and steal some crucial documents, Grace convinces Flor to let her join the heist.