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Stranger Factory is excited to present two new exhibits for August; a group show curated by Kathie Olivas, and a new exhibit in the Project Room by fan favorite Leecifer.

“Sideshow” is a group exhibit in our main gallery featuring circus-themed work from a talented and diverse roster of artists, curated by Stranger Factory co-owner Kathie Olivas. Sideshow features new works by Kathie Olivas, Jessica Joslin, Brandan Styles, Desiree Fessler, Valency Genis, Dan Talone, Seymour (Peter Kelk), DrilOne, and Phil Noto. With works ranging from original drawings to paintings to sculptures and customs, Sideshow brings all the wonder, magic, and mystery of the circus to life.

In the Project Room, Stranger Factory brings new original works by Leecifer, a fan favorite. His new body of work, entitled “Real Live”, brings his signature painting style to a new group of sculptures and customized figures. Featuring a bright and almost child-like color palette that has been worn and weathered, Leecifer’s work looks like designer toys from a distant past…the lost designer vinyl of the mid-century.

There are opening receptions for both exhibits on Friday, August 1st from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Some artists will be in attendance.

 

For the past few weeks, we have been giving you tons of teasers and progress images for the monumental Stranger Factory x Cotton Candy Machine show that opens on Friday, July 11! Two galleries with the same roster of artists is a pretty epic experiment, and we’re excited to be part of it!

Well, if you didn’t get a chance to see all our social media posts this week, here is a quick catch up for you. If you did see all of our fun development images, we have a surprise for you at the end of the slideshow!

hint: it is an image we haven’t shown yet. obviously. 

Tara McPherson

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0019I4A2180Get ready, Wandering Misfit fans because there is about to be another exclusive release!

BAIT is releasing their Exclusive Wandering Misfits Greeter this Saturday, June 28th. This orange and white colorway created by the amazing minds of  Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, and produced by Cardboard Spaceship, is an in-store only release at their new BAIT LA location on Melrose. Time to complete your Misfit collection!

BAIT LA
7708 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.424.7272

 

10471866_690800520969682_143175151_nRemember way back when, when we said there was a Brandt Peters x Mutant Vinyl Hardcore collaboration coming? We weren’t joking around, and now we’ve got an update on this bag headed bad boy!

Spotted over on MVH’s Instagram, we get this amazing glimpse into the work and the tag “Off the the motherland ya go little fella. But before you go, how about some glamor shots. Ta daaaa MVHxBrandt Peters Bag Head DX”

Oh, if it is going across the pond, that means the vinyl isn’t too far off in the future!

Can we fast forward now to the release?

Bring it on, fellas!

 

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Tomorrow is the big day, with the release of DrilOne’s Wandering Misfits. 

As we previously reported, Dril takes on Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas’ much-loved Wandering Misfits mini series by Cardboard Spaceship and adds his special technique to make these ever so more badass.

You can expect gas masks, patina, and a slew of rustic riveted misfits ready to go in the Circus Posterus storeand to get you amped up, we have a few detailed images of these little dudes for you!

Just keep your eyes ready on the site, and get ready to F5, because these can drop at any time on Wednesday, June 18th!

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ccmStranger Factory and Cotton Candy Machine are teaming up to create a collaborative crossover exhibition, one big awesome event taking place simultaneously both at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, NM and at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY on the same evening. All works by each artist will be split up evenly between both galleries, so no matter which location you attend you will experience the exhibition, each with a different perspective.

The show will feature new works by Glenn Barr, Dilek Baykara, Scott C, Katie Carillo, Karl Deuble, Jeremy Hush, Tim Lee, Tina Lugo, Jeremyville, Kozyndan, Stan Manoukian, Tara McPherson, Phil Noto, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lamour Supreme, Greg Rivera and Chet Zar.

The opening reception for both events will be Friday, July 11th from 7 – 11 pm, local time.

 

We’re so excited for the Vagaries opening on Friday! I caught up with some of the ladies featured in the show for a very short interview, and despite their insane work schedules, they were happy to oblige me. Read on for my chat with Carisa Swenson, Michele Lynch, and Allison Sommers.

Circus Posterus: How did you come up with the title and theme for the show? What does “Vagaries” mean to you?

Carisa Swenson: Given the varied nature of our mediums, styles and voice we each lend to our pieces, we felt it was best if we presented a title that didn’t trap us in a particular theme, giving us all freedom to create and follow our ideas wherever they took us. After tossing a few descriptive titles back and forth, we felt the word “Vagaries” (derived from the Latin “vagari”—wandering) best accomplished this. Using the definition helped push me to create new characters and forms as well as work with cast resin pieces.

Work in Progress by Kelly Denato

Work in Progress by Kelly Denato

CP: Did you all know each other already? If so, how did you meet?

Allison Sommers: Carisa and I know each other through mutual artist friends, she comes out to shows in the city every now and then.

Carisa: While both Allison and Kelly are NYC based artists, I only personally know Allison. We first met at a show opening in Brooklyn last year which we both had work in. As an admirer of Allison’s paintings, especially the altarpieces, it was quite exciting to finally chat with her.

Michele Lynch: I didn’t know anyone in the group, but I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Work in progress by Allison Sommers

Work in progress by Allison Sommers

CP: Where do you draw your inspirations from?

Allison: Constant sketchbooking.

Michele: I’m inspired by fairy tales, flea markets, antique stores, a feeling, something someone says, Victorian society, so many different things!

Carisa Swenson: Animals and nature are huge sources of both comfort and inspiration. The works of Beatrix Potter and illustrator Bill Peet have always enchanted and influenced me, as well as the films of directors Jeunet and Caro (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children), the Brothers Quay and Ray Harryhausen, to the music of Kate Bush. Mythological tales of the trickster, and the desolation of old houses and abandoned buildings are never far from mind.

A delightful mole, by Carisa Swenson

A delightful mole, by Carisa Swenson

Allison, how long did it take you to perfect your colour palette(all those wonderful greys!)? 

Allison: Over the course of the last two or three years– there was a point a few years ago where I was fed up with the palette I was using then– it was rather garish and story-book-ish– and decided to try to strip myself down to (near-) monochrome and build up again. I ended up staying with the greys (and their related greens) for the most part, and later acquired the particular reds I use now through a serendipitous art-material-accident.

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Works in progress by Michele Lynch

 

Michele, how did you come across the steampunk influence in your work, and does it permeate the rest of your life as well?

Michele: The steampunk influence came about because when I first envisioned the sculptures, I could see them as half human and half mechanical, working for someone that had made them half machine, so adding machine parts to them came naturally. I wish I was active in the steampunk community! I think it would be so much fun to dress up in all those wonderful costumes! But sadly I just haven’t had the time.

Work in progress by Carisa Swenson

Work in progress by Carisa Swenson

Carisa, you’ve been branching out from your standard doll body shape, and it is delightful! Have you encountered any specific challenges with these newer designs?

Carisa: Thank you! Well, the sculpting isn’t an issue, but sewing up the bodies and clothing them has presented some challenges, most notably with the rabbit/bird hybrids due to the set of their wings and legs. Avian proportions add a whole new layer to the pain of sewing for me!

“Vagaries”  opens June 6th and run through July 6th, with an opening reception on Friday, June 6th from 6 – 9 PM.
Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

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