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COMING THIS JUNE
TOY MAKERS OF PLANET EARTH III / Our annual group toy exhibition
and
LOST & FOUND from Gretchen Lewis 
June 7th – June 30th, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th from 6-8 PM

Stranger Factory is pleased to present TOY MAKERS OF PLANET EARTH III, our annual group show of toys, dolls, and 3D works!

This invitational art exhibition will feature top independent contemporary toy artists, narrative artists inspired by toys, character makers, and independent toy companies from all over the world under one roof at Stranger Factory Gallery.

Over a dozen artists including: Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Angela Oster, Calan Ree, droolwool, Javier Jimenez, Katyushka Dolls, Michele Lynch, Mizna Wada, Nana Williams, Pantovola, Pickled Circus, Ratberry Toys, Scott Wilkowski, Silk & Thistle, Tanya Marriott, Vanessa Ramirez, Weston Brownlee, Yetis and Friends, Yozielle Lorenzo and more!

Stranger Factory is happy to present Gretchen Lewis in her first feature show, LOST & FOUND.

This show is a collection of new paintings on found vintage objects and ephemera. Exploring themes related to Lewis’ love of collecting objects with history, and the past lives she imagines those items to have had, she is drawn to items that are well-loved and possibly inhabited by friendly ghosts or spirits. Her signature style references endearing nostalgia, most specifically turn-of-the-century children’s book illustration, fairy tales, and folklore.

*ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SEE YOU THERE

FOLK NOIR / A group show curated by Jeremy Cross and EVERYTHING IS FINE / Vanessa Ramirez will run from
May 3rd – June 2nd, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd from 6-8 PM

Stranger Factory is pleased to present FOLK NOIR, a group show curated by Jeremy Cross!

As a curator, Cross has always had an appreciation for work that cradles the borders between fine art and folk art, particularly when the artists subject matter is macabre or Noir. Works in this show are unique not only in approach and theme, but also in the unorthodox use of materials. From sutures holding together bits of Victorian ephemera, skeletal remains fashioned from crochet string, to the incorporation of animal bones. From humble beginnings to elaborate creations they are imbued with both familiarity and wonder.

Over a dozen artists including: Mike Egan, Ivonne Carley, Kelly Vetter, Tim Lee, Bryan Cunningham, Jim Garmausen, Teodor Demitrescu, Chris Haas, P-Jay Fidler, Caitlin McCormack, Karikatura, Bam Maslar, John Whipple, Michael Mararian, Ian Furgison, Jon MacNair, Dan Barry, Kat Philbin, Ally Burke, Alex Eckman – Lawn

Stranger Factory is happy to present Vanessa Ramirez in her show, EVERYTHING IS FINE.

Are you having a bad day? You’ll feel better when you see this show. Ramirez brings her signature monsters back to Stranger Factory, but it looks like they are having quite a rough day. They are all feeling some kind of way and some are frankly coping better than others. In typical monster fashion, they are feeling their feelings, hitting those self care snacks hard, or drinking that magical coffee that just makes everything a little bit better.

Ramirez is a returning artist at Stranger Factory. She is known for her monsters that float between a mixture of cute, odd, and a little neurotic. Inspired by traditional stop-motion animation, her sculptures come to life in what appear to be expressive snap-shots of their daily lives.

*ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This APRIL at STRANGER FACTORY
ALL OF EVERYTHING ERASED / Joe Scarano and THE HOUSE AND THE DEVIL / JohnPaul Gutierrez 
April 5th – April 28th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th from 6-8 PM

Take a break at Stranger Factory and explore All of Everything Erased, a show inspirited through the idea of pausing. Pausing long enough for the grass and the weeds to swallow you up for a while.

Fascinated by the idea of abandoned buildings giving in to nature, Joe Scarano’s characters are brought to life as they fall into varying states of disrepair. As they let the grass grow over them and get swallowed back up by the landscape, the viewer has the pleasure of witnessing and imagining that the will eventually wake up again after the earth has grown around and start over.

Scarano was guided to create this show after recalling memories in an old neighborhood in which his children would seek to explore an abandoned house with him. The title of the show, All of Everything Erased comes from a Kevin Devine song of the same name. Influenced by the paintings, Scarano could not get the song out of his mind and Kevin was kind enough to let him borrow the song title for the show.

Stranger Factory is happy to present JohnPaul Gutierrez in his show, The House and The Devil.

The House and the Devil portrays the many negative voices that we create within ourselves. The Devil is represented not in a religious or spiritual context but simply as the adversary telling lies and creating fear. These voices that we house inside, waking us up in the middle of the night or creating a paralyzing fear, prevent us from achieving our truest self. The House, being a little worn down and weathered seeks to maintain the onslaught, and pushes on in hopes of achieving their dreams.

Gutierrez is an Albuquerque local and returning artist to Stranger Factory.

 

CARNIVAL OF LOST DOLLS III / Jen Musatto and IN DOG WE TRUST / Katherine Walsh will run from
March 1st – March 31st, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1st from 6-8 PM

Come one, come all to Carnival of Lost Dolls III! Jen Musatto’s signature style returns to Stranger Factory for her fourth feature exhibition at the gallery! Each unique in their own endearing way, “Them Dollz”, are a line of handcrafted plush dolls that evoke a sometimes melancholy and gloomy image of the fleeting nature of childhood. Where innocence and the longing for companionship take a most unusual form, the playful nature of the doll is born.

Her figures are nostalgic and reminiscent of the sewn faces of characters like the classic commercial ragdolls of her childhood. She finds solace in sewing bits and pieces of fabric together watching limbs, torsos and features come to life.

Stranger Factory is pleased to welcome Katherine Walsh in her second feature show, In Dog We Trust. Join us as Walsh takes us on an exploration of her connection to dogs as protectors, throughout the living world and the afterlife.

Walsh’s take on historical embroidery and appliqué puts a new spin on the traditionally domestic craft. Her non-traditional approach to imagery creates a narrative that is both unexpectedly feminine and feisty.

Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory / 3411 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque NM 87106, United States

NEW CLEAR CYAN SOFUBI RELEASE✨
Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus are at it again and this time it is clear what they are up to!
Get ready for the release of new and classic sofubi in beautiful cyan clear!

The assortment of elegance and artistic grace include:
Tara McPherson’s “Stella & Flux”
Kathie Olivas’ “Calliope”, “Penelope”, and “Clementine”
and
Brandt Peters’ “Heathen Snake”, “Stingy Jack”, and “Otto”

Clear Cyan Sofubi releases this Wednesday, January 16th at 12pm PST!
When the time comes, you better hurry to http://www.circusposterus.com/product-category/sofubi/ to get your’s!

(North America sales only) *Limit one figure or set per household


Stranger Factory is pleased to present a solo show with New Mexican artist, David Santiago!

24k features a body of work that looks back at the viewer. Returning to us with his signature style, David Santiago creates an intimate exploration of one’s own value and inner beauty. The subjects in his show are adorned with 24k gold leaf freckles, toying with the idea of how we view our “blemishes”. With each freckle becoming a star in a constellation, the viewer is reminded that nothing is by accident.

David was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and spent his early years as a Hawaiian shirt wearing – rolly-back pack pulling superfan of the film Titanic. Eventually, David forsook the former and embraced the latter, becoming a charcoal artist specializing in female portraiture. When not drawing his French girls, he derives inspiration from his southwest surroundings, and influence from his father, a rock sculptor, whose passion for his work bleeds into David’s dedication to his own. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, David discovered many of the techniques and mediums he still uses, as well as a love of art, and work ethic that can only be born from architecture school’s rigorous sleep depriving demands during his college tenure. David is the exclusive artist of Tractor Brewing Company, and has shown, and been published nationally.

24K by David Santiago will run from
February 1st – February 24th, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st from 6-9 PM

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 

 

MADE IN NEW MEXICO III
January 11th – January 27th

Stranger Factory is pleased to present our third annual local group exhibition!

Made In New Mexico III is our annual exhibition of new works featuring a diverse group ofMade in New Mexico artists from the Land of Enchantment. Made In New Mexico features local artists from throughout the state. Many of the artists are expected to attend the opening reception on January 11th, from 6-9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s participating artists include: Brandt Peters, JohnPaul Gutierrez, Karen Peters, Karl Deuble, Kathie Olivas, Mike Peters, Nicole Sonobe, Pretty.Weird, Rene Palomares, Ryan Singer, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephan Webb, Weston Brownlee and more!
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th from 6-9 PM

 

 

 


Stranger Factory is pleased to present our eighth annual group winter exhibition!

Winter Salon finishes the year with a bang! 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 illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and plush!

This year’s participating artists include: Allison Bamcat, Angela Oster, Brandt Peters, Bruce Parker, Cassia Harries, Creeptoons, David Santiago, Defective Pudding, droolwool, Fika Art, Genevieve Geer, Joe Scarano, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Junker Jane, Kaitlin Zeismer, Karl Deuble, Kathie Olivas, Katherine Walsh, Nora Thompson, Pretty.Weird, Sad Salesman, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stan Manoukian, Tim Lee and more!
WINTER SALON VIII will run from
December 7th – December 30th, 2018

Phil Noto’s THE DARKEST STAR will run from
November 2nd – December 2nd, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2nd from 6-9 PM


Stranger Factory is pleased to present The Darkest Star, a solo exhibition in November from one of our most beloved multi-platform artists, Phil Noto!

This show will be featuring Phil Noto’s signature style of painterly and abstracted dream-like portraits, juxtaposed with bold graphic elements and typography. Noto’s master paintings are portraits of future protagonists with secret pasts, drawing us further and further in to his continued narrative.

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. This is his 7th featured solo exhibition with the gallery.

October 2018

Annual Group Halloween Exhibition BEWITCHING VIII / Mizna Wada, WITCH will run from
October 5th – 28th, 2018

Stranger Factory is pleased to announce our Halloween group exhibition, Bewitching VIII 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 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: Bob Doucette, Brandt Peters, Bruce Parker, Danita Art, Defectivepudding, droolwool, El Dodo Albino, Eric Althin, Genevieve Geer, Jen Musatto, Joe Scarano, Karl Deuble, Katherine Walsh, Kathie Olivas, Katyushka Art Dolls, The Rots (Nora Thompson), Pantovola, Pretty.Weird, Sandi Ray Pierce, Shing Yin Khor, Tim Lee, Weston Brownlee, and more!
Inspired by Classical Horror, Mizna Wada’s Witch takes a play at traditional Halloween motifs. Simple and elegant, Witch explores the world of vampires, Frankenstein monsters, ghosts, creepy old castles, and of course, witches!

Mizna is a Japan-based illustrator. She was born in 1974 in Kumamoto, Japan. She always adored the horror comics and horror movies from her childhood. Her work features a variety of styles including drawing, painting, paper cut, print gocco, and cloth dolls… Through these processes, endearingly creepy yet cute girls are materialized!

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