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For the past month, we have been bringing you updates, news, and a multitude of images from the upcoming shows by Scott RadkeStephan Webb, and Kathie Olivas. While the last touches of paint dry and the finishing edits on the preview are done, we thought  we’d recap a few of the pieces we covered. Knowing how we operate, you might want to pay attention for some images you may have not seen yet. Just a warning to keep a good eye out. :)

Hopefully this will hold you over until the preview comes out tonight!

A few more Olivas paintings for Scout

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Good Friday has come and gone, and now we’re preparing for Even Better Friday at Stranger Factory, where we’ll open three solo shows by Kathie Olivas, Stephan Webb and Scott Radke!

For now, here’s another look at the amazing machinations of Stephan Webb! This bronze sculpture has a truly stunning amount of detail, and most of them probably aren’t even easy to capture in a picture! I love the blend of industrial-fantasy in this work, and I can’t help but marvel at the miniature pulleys and knots.

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Webb is one of the most distinctive new voices coming out of the Albuquerque art scene these days, and we are proud to have him showing at Stranger Factory. Come and meet him, shake his hand, clap him on the back, and buy him a drink or a doughnut this Friday(April 5th) at his opening reception for Evolutionary End Game, from 6-9pm!

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Another day brings us another look into Stephan Webb’s slightly charred studio space. “Messy art – welding some bronze skeletons together!” he says, and we love the mess he makes. The owl skeleton that we last showed in hand carved wax has now been cast in bronze and looks appropriately majestic. We cannot wait to see this beast completely welded together – Stephan’s brand of sheer sculpting talent mashed up with his nerdy love of natural history is going to produce a glorious show.

Stephan Webb’s “Evolutionary End Game” opens at Stranger Factory on April 5th. An opening reception will be held on April 5th from 6-9pm, and Stephan will be present.

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There is something mesmerizing about a shadowed image. When we sought an image for Stephan Webb’s  EVOLUTIONARY END GAMEwe were graced with this scintillating piece of design. The image itself creates a challenging aesthetic and cognitive experience when coupled with the title of his show.

Evolution can be excruciatingly slow, but it seems Stephan has adapted his work for this show to display that it can be in our hands. The image portrays a man building or puppeteering another man, and how we are accelerating to new heights quicker than ever before. We can’t be certain until the full reveal later in the month(although we are pretty certain), but his sculptures we have seen for the exhibit are proving to be simply astounding and full of layered meaning.

We also got a chance to talk to Stephan about his work, which was pretty worth it for the bad pun alone.

CP: Tell us about your art!

WEBB: My art is so metal! No, literally. It’s metal.

CP: Why have you chosen bronze as your medium?

WEBB: I was always intrigued by bronze and metal casting, but it wasn’t until I took a bronze casting class that I  completely fell in love with bronze. I love that someone can take a completely raw material and essentially create something from nothing. Also, it lasts thousands of years. That’s kinda cool.

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CP: You also have a biology degree right? It’s a clear influence on your art – but which came first – art or biology?

Yes, I do. Art and science have always gone hand in hand for me. When I was 6, my favorite book was A Natural History of Dinosaurs. I would draw the dinosaurs, memorize their names and then try to describe the theory of continental drift to my classmates. Didn’t go over so well. My teachers thought I made the whole thing up.

CP: Do you consider living in Albuquerque an influence on your art? If so, how?

WEBB: Less of an influence, more of a convenience. One of the biggest suppliers for casting materials and tools in the country is located right here in Albuquerque. Really convenient when you run out of something in the middle of working.

CP: What can we expect to see from you from this upcoming show at Stranger Factory?

WEBB: Evolutionary End Game is going to be more organic and less mechanical than most of my work. This series deals with some evolutionary concepts such as transitional species and “missing links.” I like the idea that our knowledge of extinct organisms is derived from what is found in the fossil record. What about the creatures that left no evidence of their existence? The possibilities are endless.

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Stephan Webb’s “Evolutionary End Game” opens April 5th at Stranger Factory along with Scott Radke’s  “Interface”, and Kathie Olivas‘ “Scout ”. An opening reception will occur April 5th from 6-9pm.

Getting progress images from Stephan Webb is always a real treat because it always offers little insights into the bronze casting process. This time, he has sent along a hand carved wax of an owl skeleton(left). This wax model will be molded, and then melted away to be replaced by hot molten bronze.

I threw in a picture of an actual owl skeleton(right), so you can marvel at Stephan’s accuracy and detail! I’m excited to see what else gets incorporated into this skeleton, and I’m certain that Stephan will not disappoint us.

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Stephan Webb’s “Evolutionary End Game” opens at Stranger Factory on April 5th. An opening reception will be held on April 5th from 6-9pm, and Stephan will be present.

Stephan Webb, who will be opening EVOLUTIONARY END GAME at Stranger Factory in April, just sent us a little sneak peak of something prehistoric! Webb, a local Albuquerque favourite, melds biology themes with intricately cast bronze pieces to create incredibly detailed pieces of art.

Here, this fossil perches on Stephan’s arm like a bird. Considering that birds evolved from the dinosaur suborder Theropoda dinosaurs, of which the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex is a member – well, that seems awfully appropriate.

We’ll be updating you with more little sneak peeks of Stephan Webb’s show, so check back frequently!

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