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May brings two new exhibitions to Stranger Factory!
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Japanese artist Erika Sanada presents several new expressive sculptures that she considers both odd and dreamy. Her softly bizarre ceramic creatures make their first debut at Stranger Factory in May with her solo exhibition “COPE.” As autobiographical spirit animals, her unique canines allow her to cope with her own anxiety and serve as empowering alter egos.

She recently earned her MFA in Ceramics at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” are my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears.  These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.”

Stranger Factory presents

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
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Tim Lee (on left) / Danita Art (Middle) / Splurrt (on right)
Stranger Factory is pleased to announce our 5 year group anniversary exhibition with an all star line-up of character driven artists that have graced our walls throughout the years.
ARTIST LIST:
Joe Scarano
Tim Lee
Tokyo Jesus
Eimi Takano
Karl Deuble
Peter Hague
Dennis Cornetta
Vanessa Ramirez
Kathie Olivas
Jen Musatto
Michele Lynch
Lana Crooks (bat wings)
Danita Art
Brandt Peters
Creeptoons
Fika Art
Splurrt
Stephan Webb
Erika Sanada”COPE” and Stranger Factory’s “5 Year Anniversary” opens Friday May 6th, from 6-9 pm (open to the public).
The show will run May 6th – 29th.

 

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

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Release March 18 at 12 Noon at www.circusposterus.com
EXCLUSIVE STRANGER FACTORY THIMBLESTUMP HOLLOW MINI FIGURE
By Amanda Louise Spayd

$18

· Edition: 100

· Tropical Colorway

· Thimblestump Hollow features the artwork of Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak

· Cardboard Spaceship Produced

· Price is for one figure

· Size: Approx. 3” tall

· Note: These figures will ship open boxed, as we will be inspecting each figure’s QA. Wing joints on this figure are sensitive.

find it at www.circusposterus.com

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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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Stranger Factory is thrilled to present a new exhibit in April from returning artist Phil Noto!

Silent Frequency finds Noto’s signature style in top form, as the artist brings beautiful new paintings to life, comprised of soft dream-like portraits juxtapozed with bold graphic elements and typography. This newest body of work hints at sci-fi, transporting the viewer further into the artist’s future vision often playing with modern advertising illustration techniques, with nods to classic pulp cinema posters, and silver age sci-fi novels. Covers to books yet to be written, posters to films yet to be; Noto’s master paintings are portraits of future protagonists with secret pasts, often portraying subtle expressions that few artists are capable of capturing, 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.

Silent Frequency” opens Friday April 1st, from 6-9 pm with a reception open to the public.

Silent Frequency will remain on display until May 1st.

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

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March brings an exciting mid-month pop up event to Stranger Factory with legendary toy artist and designer, Paul Kaiju!

Stranger Factory is proud to present a special mid-month event in March: A one weekend exhibition with legendary West-Coast (San Diego) toy designer and artist, Paul Kaiju, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 19th (from 6-9 PM, with the artist in attendance.)

Highly inspired by vintage Japanese toys/television, big screen Kaiju monsters, 1960s Sci-Fi, and old horror shows, Paul “Kaiju” is member to an extremely talented small group of industry leading toy artists that not only design, but sculpt, engineer, and self-produce their toys in Japan through a very rare “sofubi” (soft vinyl) traditional manufacturing process. Always the constant muse for the independent art toy industry, Kaiju pioneered techniques, customization, toy design processes (from color/form to function) and has been a major influence to most toy artists and has pushed the boundaries of toy beyond commercial application into new contemporary sculpture.

The artist will have a limited amount (a few dozen) of his hand-painted custom figures at the opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and will only run from March 19th-21st. Any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 21st. In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle ticket that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting at noon Friday, March 18th through 5:30 PM on the 19th (right before reception). All sales on Saturday and Sunday will be in-person. No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

The opening reception will be on Saturday March 19th from 6-9 pm with artist in attendance.

This mid month pop up exhibition will remain on display until March 21st (if works are still available after weekend).

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

March brings two exhibitions to Stranger Factory!

MAIN GALLERY: Kelly Tunstall / PROJECT ROOM: Brandan Styles & Ellie Rusinova

Kelly Tunstall

SOFT SERVE
18 x 24 acrylic and spray paint on panel

San Francisco based artist Kelly Tunstall renders stylized female figures and their adaptations to environment: nests built of painted boards held together by drawn nails or far off planets. The physical form and its accompanying exterior become a mirror for internal thought processes and turmoil. in an optimistic twist, her newest work focuses on her nostalgic love of ice cream.
Working in acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, and gold leaf, the experimental, yet classically grounded works live somewhat comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. The patina of age and calligraphic drawing methods lend further depth to her story-filled worlds.
Kelly Tunstall (born 1979) received her BA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002 and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Brandan Styles & Ellie Rusinova

FOOLS AND GODS
Site specific installation of new works (project room)
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Artist Couple Brandan Styles and Ellie Rusinova will be creating a site specific installation of new works based on mysticism, circus performers, and an ongoing curiosity with all that is unknown in the universe. Both artists utilize layered wood and sculpted elements that defy time and space in various theatrical stages.
Brandan Styles is a self-made mad man, circus aficionado and an art obsessive. He pours all of his energy into creating magical, bizarre, funny and thoughtful art with the goal of expressing the thoughts and characters that inhabit his brain.
Ellie Rusinova is a multicultural artist, mixing history, heritage, dreams and ideas into a world of her own.
Ellie Rusinova and Brandan Styles are a husband and wife team, working on art and life together in Denver,CO with their two kids and 4 dogs. They also run a circus show, travel the country selling art, and love getting into spirited conversations.

Soft Serve” and “Gods and Fools” opens Friday March 4th, from 6-9 pm with a reception for the artists (open to the public).

The show will run March 4th – 27th.

   

The opening reception will be on March 4th from 6-9 pm
and all artists will be in attendance.

Soft Serve and Gods and Fools will remain on display until March 27th.

 

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

 

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February brings a new two person exhibition direct from Japan to Stranger Factory!

 Tokyo Jesus & Eimi Takano

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Tokyo Jesus (on left) and Eimi Takano (on right)
This February, Stranger Factory gallery presents a new two person exhibition “Skulls and Sweets” by Japanese artist couple, Tokyo Jesus and Eimi Takano.

Both artists will be in attendance at the opening reception on Friday, February 5, from 6-9pm. Tokyo Jesus is a self taught artist whose work focuses on complex female characters that live between chaos and sanity. His vision is filled with soft sexual tension, skulls, and what he considers “ruined science.”
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHis wife Eimi Takano’s work is an extreme contrast visually with the sugary sweet visions of an idealized childhood. She describes her work as funny, yummy, and cute. Babies dreaming of becoming circus performers, memory bears, and starry-eyed donuts  create a world full of imagination and kawaii style optimism.

Both of their worlds explore the space existing between life and death and celebrating everything that is beautiful and recognizing the temporary of everything that will eventually die.

“Skulls and Sweets” opens Friday February 5, from 6-9pm with a reception for the artists (open to the public).

The show will run February 5- 28

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The opening reception will be on February 5th from 6-9pm
and both artists will be in attendance.

Skulls & Sweets will remain on display until February 28th.

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

 

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January brings two exciting shows
to Stranger Factory!

Joel Nakamura: Zen Gardens

Max Lehman: Gods + Goop + Gobbledygook

Joel Nakamura and Max Lehman, both residents of the Santa Fe area, share a common thread as they both utilize modern imagery as well as folk motifs, across various traditions, in their work. January brings their respective, complementary exhibitions to Stranger Factory.
 
 Zen Gardens will include two bodies of work with about twenty paintings, a few of which will bridge together Nakamura’s conceptualization of Zen garden principals, where we might find war-like creatures in serene and peaceful surroundings, with the Japanese Pop aesthetic that makes his work instantly recognizable.

Gods & Goop & Gobbledygook will feature approximately twenty hand-painted and glazed ceramic sculptures, in a variety of sizes. Lehman’s pieces seamlessly blend his animation-inspired characters against a backdrop of ancient symbolism and in his upcoming exhibition, he invites viewers to not only find their own meaning in the search for knowledge through nonsense, but to consider the possibility that there is no meaning, just mystery.

The opening reception will be on January 8th from 6-9pm
and both artists will be in attendance.

Zen Gardens and Gods & Goop & Gobbledygook
will remain on display until January 31st.

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

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DECEMBER 2015
WINTER SALON GROUP EXHIBITION!
ws1 Stranger Factory is excited to announce Winter Salon, our annual small-works and editions group exhibit featuring members of the Circus Posterus collective, as well as like-minded friends and family. This group exhibit is an end-of-year holiday party for Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory, and a chance for our family of artists and contributors to all come together for a great exhibit and celebrate another year of creating incredible artwork and limited edition releases under the Circus Posterus banner. This year’s participating artists include Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Genevieve Geer, Tim Lee, Carisa Swenson and many more!

ws2We will also have several new, and amazing, limited edition pieces from Instinctoy in Japan! 

 Stranger Factory will be open during the Nob Hill Shop & Stroll on
Thursday, December 3rd.
Winter Salon will be on display from December 4th through January 3rd.
The opening reception is on Friday December 4th from 6 – 9 PM
and some artists will be in attendance.
Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

 

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Stingy Jack Swirl (swirl with glow in the dark) edition available this Saturday, November 14 in store Stranger Factory and online through www.circusposterus.com (for North American and Canada sales only.) For other International sales please visit www.Tomenosuke.com for more details! Stingy Jack Swirl is only an edition of 50, with 25 only available in the US and Canada. 25 only available Internationally through Tomenosuke. Circus Posterus will have this figure available for $95 / we will also have a small amount available at DCon (booth 519)