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We’re getting a peek at some of Travis’ work for his show with Turf One in September, and they are delightful. As Travis says – “Had to think about what a “Theatre of the Absurd” would have, . . . so I immediately thought of root vegetables and confused monkeys in suits. I like the idea of people making strange biological discoveries in their own backyards.”

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Travis will certainly be delivering a cornucopia of oddities to the doors of Stranger Factory. Above is a multi-eyed, and surprisingly dapper, creature, probably discovered under a particularly distinguished leaf. Below, is a sketch of one of Travis’ aforementioned “confused monkeys” – we’ll show you the finished painting next week, so stick around!

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Travis Louie’s and Turf One’s Tiny Theater of the Absurd runs September 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Travis Louie will be present!

This fall has been one of the most jam packed and event filled seasons I have ever seen. To keep us all from doing our heads in, here is a quick rundown of the Circus Posterus related shenanigans.

Oct. 5-7: Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters at Baby Tattooville in Riverside, California.

Oct 5: Doktor AFERGChris Ryniak, DrilOne,  Amanda Louise Spayd and many more amazing artists at  Stranger Factory’s Bewitching II.

Oct. 11-14: Dok A and Chris Ryniak at New York Comic Con

Oct 12: Dok A solo show “A Postcards from New Yorkshire” at myplasticheart.

Oct. 20: Kathie Olivas solo show “Haunted”  at AFA Gallery.

Nov. 3: Kathie Olivas, Brandt PetersChris Ryniak, DrilOne,  Amanda Louise Spayd, and more at Designer Con in Pasadena, CA.

Dec. 7: Circus Annual (Circus Posterus Group Exhibit) at Stranger Factory 



We saw quite a few editions release this month as part of Travis Louie’s stellar Spirits exhibition at Stranger Factory. Among them was the Ecto-Stan bust, which is now officially in production at CP HQ (i.e. Santa’s workshop). An exciting redesign of Travis’ Stan Skelve, Ecto-Stan is the first to utilize CP’s brand-new 7″ bust platform. The lovely handpaints are an edition of 20 at $250 a pop and are available now, should you fancy some old-fashioned Cyclops ‘stache. Send your inquiries to strangerfactorysales@gmail.com.

We also have some more gorgeous resin Calliope action goin’ on from the lovely Ms. Kathie … there’s going to be a few of these, some headed to Paris, some to AFA. And hopefully more after that, because these are precious.

And is that a Travis Lampe Skelve?! You bet your buttocks it is. He’s been a long time coming and what a coincidence that he should make a cameo a week shy of the opening of The Pit Of Unease. Hmmm …

 

The Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia celebrated the opening of the third annual Urban Decay group exhibition last weekend with a bustling gallery, musical performances and live painting sessions with some recognized artists from the urban arts scene.

The Circus’ Kathie Olivas, Scott Radke, Travis Lampe and DrilOne submitted pieces to the show and some are still available. Including this beauty:

Seriously, people! Let’s get on this!! Travis Lampe’s Mr. Reginald and Scott Radke’s Shells are also singing to my Paypal account. Just gorgeousness, I tell ye.

Visit Urban Decay’s Flickr Page to view what’s on exhibit and available. If you haven’t made you way to the Workhouse, make a mental note to do so soon! Show’s on display until June 24th.

Special thanks to Rob (aka Treblekicker) for the photos; there’s many more below!

The third annual Urban Decay group exhibition is a little over a week away and Kathie Olivas & Travis Lampe have set the bar with four beautiful originals.

Kathie has chosen to mix things up, offering both 2- and 3-dimensional works, including a small wood painting (these are typically 8″x4.5″) and an Octopus Girl, which never ceases to amaze.

And then there’s this beauty. I’m pretty sure I’ll never grow tired of the 4-legged sculpt; it’s brilliantly executed and exudes such character, even when unpainted: the poised body and slight bow of the head suggest a cunning and mischief, and I like that so many of CP’s toys possess that ability to ‘speak’. I can totally see this fella slinking about the pathways of some acidic dreamland. This particular Masao is a custom bronze jobby for the exhibition. (Bronze painted, not cast … but hot damn that’d be sweet!)

Then, there’s poor Mr. Reginald from Travis Lampe, who seems to have fallen victim to the weight of his own head. Or maybe he’s paralyzed with fear at the sight of someone approaching with a match. Either way: aww. Looks like me every time I’m writing to deadline.

This bombastic bloke is of the sizable variety, too: 14″ all the way around, and acrylic on wood (I’m sure there are a few jokes in there). I’m quite fond of him and his unrelenting look of terror.

Urban Decay III kicks off June 1st through June 27th at the Workhouse in Lorton, VA. Opening reception June 2nd from 7 to 11pm! For more sneaks, visit Urban Decay’s Flickr page.

Urban Decay is celebrating its third year at the Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia this June with a large group exhibition showcasing the talents of a ton of contemporary and lowbrow arteests.

Circus Posterus’ own Kathie Olivas, Travis Lampe, Scott Radke and DrilOne are among the roster of participating artists. Festivities kick off June 2nd with a reception from 7pm to 11pm that’ll include food and live music and art talks and live painting … sounds like quite the hoedown.

Peeks at the exhibited works is available via the Urban Decay Flickr account; pieces are just starting to trickle in now.

So who else is exhibiting?! Why, I’m delighted you asked:

Kevin Gosselin, RSIN, Gregg Deal, Jeremy Gann, Camden Noir, HKS181, Matt Anderson, Gabriel Pons, Carlos Aguilar, Graham Franciose, Tyler Coey, Betsom, Bryan A. Collins, Daryll Peirce, Jesse Smith, Drilone, James Walker, Asad ULTRA Walker, Jack Labadie, Sylvia Ortiz, Kenny Brown, Kevin Murphy, Jc Rivera, Kevin Rodrigue, Nick Zimbro, Drew Storm Graham and ElStabo.

Urban Decay III runs through June 24th at the Workhouse in Lorton, VA!

Opening this weekend at Thinkspace Gallery is a rather brilliant exhibition called New Blood, a group show curated by filmmaker and avid art collector Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days). Now, the premise behind it is quite ingenious: wrangle a dozen of the art scene’s most celebrated and established artists and pair them with an emerging artist (of their choosing) who carries on in their tradition in some aspect. How does this tie into CP land? Our own Travis Lampe was hand-plucked by the great femme of the fantastical, Camille Rose Garcia.

“In our case the pairing has much to do with noodly arms and booze, I think,” Travis writes. “Regardless, I’m super pleased and honored to be picked for this by Camille. I’ve always idolized her for her crazy, crazy art, of course, but I finally got to meet her last year and guess what? She’s also super nice and fun to hang out with. She agrees that animals look best in hats, and that goes a long way with me.”

Posted above is a detail shot of Travis’ painting, ‘Topplers’, a 16 x 20″ acrylic on wood panel. Noodle limbs FTW!

Other pairings in the show include: The Date Farmers & Albert Reyes, Dzine & Jesus Bubu Negron, Elizabeth McGrath & Morgan Slade, Gary Baseman & Jesse Dickenson, Gary Taxali & Adrian Forrow, Jonathan Yeo & Charlie Gouldsborough, Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez, Nicola Verlato & Marco Mazzoni, Ron English & Kid Zoom, Saber & ZES, Shepard Fairey & Nicholas Bowers and Tim Biskup & Patrick Hruby.

New Blood opens Saturday, April 28th through May 19th. An opening reception with many of the artists will be held Saturday from 5pm to 8pm.

CP’s own Travis Louie and Travis Lampe are both exhibiting new works in Dark Pop 4, a group exhibition that opened this weekend at Last Rites Gallery in NYC. Louie’s ‘Jeff and Jim’ is a gorgeous, 10″ x 8″ acrylic on board piece, while Lampe’s tragically funny ‘The Dedeodander’ is a 12″ x 12″ acrylic on wood (below). Email Copro Gallery at copronason@msn.com for availability.

Other artists on the bill include Alexandra Pacula, Ana Bagayan, Annie Owens, Becca, Brian Despain, Cathie Bleck, Charles Wish, Chrystal Chan, Dark Vomit, Dave MacDowell, Eric Richardson, Franceso De Molfetta, Isabel Samaras, Jennybird Alcantara, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Mark Elliott, Mark Garro, Mascorro, Matt Dangler, Niagara, TIN and Yoko d’Holbachie. Show’s on until April 8th. Click through for more info!

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