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With Posthumous Menagerie a mere month away, we’re starting to see the delightfully creepy crawlers emerge from the Brandt Peters imaginarium. Curvy kitty ladies, cactus bone daddies … it’s all here, folks, and this is just the beginning! I’m curious to see these characters’s final forms: will they remain skulking about  BP’s sketchbook, or evolve into something more? A painting, a sculpt? Only time will tell!

Posthumous Menagerie opens Jan. 4th at Stranger Factory with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. For up-to-the-minute coverage, be sure to follow Brandt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr … he’s seemingly omnipresent these days. The more the better, I say!

Following the internet-crippling success of his TRIGGER exhibition with FERG last January, Brandt Peters returns with Posthumous Menagerie, a mini solo exhibition taking place in Stranger Factory’s Small Projects Room. In addition to a whole whack of new paintings, drawings and sculptures, the event will also mark the release of the third production colorway of Brandt’s Stingy Jack sofubi. A tribute to classic cartoons of the silver screen era, the monochrome, Old Timey  edition is limited to only 120 pieces. More details on that to come as we inch closer to the date!

Posthumous Menagerie opens Jan. 4th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. Brandt will be floating about the gallery, so be sure to say hello! 

Chris Ryniak is switching things up a bit this year for Circus Posterus’s annual winter group exhibition at Stranger Factory: instead of customizing pre-existing sculpts, he’s casting his very own critters! That’s right, Ryniak has become something of his own production house: the molds, the pouring, the pulling, the cleaning, the painting, all overseen entirely by the artist. So what’s first to come sneaking out from the monster dungeon? Why, Nuggleworts, dear boy! You may recall the brief teaser we posted a couple months back, or the small run he did for Septenary back in July. Well, these little dudes are BACK and a herd of six, 6-inch one-offs are making their way to the Factory next month for Circus Annual. The show kicks off Dec. 7th with a reception from 6-9pm; stick around for more sneak peeks of the exhibit as we draw closer to the date.

 

Kathie Olivas’s newest solo exhibition, Haunted, opened to a packed house at AFA gallery in lower Manhattan’s beautiful and bustling Soho neighborhood last Saturday. With 20 new paintings and eight custom sculpts, Haunted is Kathie’s largest and most ambitious collection of work to date and it did not disappoint. The evening kicked off with an artist walkthrough with the AFA staff and a brief Q&A period for the first hour.  Shortly after, the doors were unlocked and the wine uncorked. signalling the start of the celebration! A photo gallery of the evening’s festivities is posted just after the jump.

Haunted is on through December at AFA NYC. The full exhibition of works can be viewed here. Contact the gallery 212.226.7374 for pricing & availability.

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 KO recently dropped this teaser on CP’s Instagram (@circusposterus) of the sweet collab piece she and BP are submitting for Nathan Jurevicius’s Scarygirl Anniversary show. More than 100 artists are on board for the 10 year anniversary, hosted by Toy Tokyo at the Underground Gallery in NYC. Participants were asked to reinterpret any of the seven main Scarygirl characters in their style, using a medium of their choice.

Have a look at the flyer below for a sampling of the star-studded roster. The opening reception will be held Halloween night from 7pm to 10pm and the show runs through Nov. 11.

 

With Kathie’s solo exhibition just around the corner, the remainder of the art is being packed and shipped off to AFA for next Saturday’s big opening! If you find yourself in NYC next week and wish to attend the opening of Haunted, be sure to RSVP with the gallery by email at rsvp[at]afanyc[dot]com. The reception will be held from 7-9pm; the show will be on view through December. See y’all soon!

Kathie Olivas will have a number of fairly large and ambitious sculpts as part of her solo exhibition, Haunted, at AFA NYC next month. With the opening just a few weeks away, these pieces will start to emerge from the shadows as they ready for their journey to the Big Apple. Some are nearly complete, others are still a work in progress. Regardless, hang on to your jaw because we haven’t seen this volume of work or level of complexity from KO alone in one place, ever. (Really.)

Haunted opens Oct. 20th at AFA NYC with a reception from 7pm to 9pm. Kathie will be in attendance, so stop in for some inspiration and a cocktail.

AFA NYC
54 Greene St
New York, NY 10013

 

Joining the likes of Chet Zar, Seymour and Rhode Montijo for Stranger Factory’s Bewitching II Halloween hoedown is none other than the Mad Creator himself, the perennial badass, Mr. Gris Grimly. Up for grabs from him are a trio of (seriously) gorgeous acrylic on wood pieces titled “Which Witch”, “The Horror Inside” and “Beneath The Sheet”, respectively.

I’ve been a fan of Grimly’s for a while now, particularly of his earlier mixed media collage pieces, and these rank right up there. Each painting is strong enough to stand alone, yet the continuity of characters, theme and palette also begs for them to remain together, triptych style (which is so awesome, yet so evil).

Bewitching II opens Oct. 5th through Nov. 4th with an opening reception from 6pm to 9pm.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Stranger Factory‘s annual Halloween group hoedown, Bewitching II, is back for another season of chills and thrills!

The traditions, folklore, costumes and nostalgia associated with All Hallow’s Eve are all strands that unite the Circus Posterus collective and Brandt and Kathie have called upon nearly 40 of their friends and peers — established and emerging, local and as far off as Japan — to interpret Halloween in their style. Andrew Bell, Lana CrooksDoktor A, FERGGris Grimly, Charlie Immer, Yohei KanekoJason Limon, Rhode MontijoRagnar, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise SpaydShigeta Tanaka and Chet Zar are just a tasty sampling of the talent, and the prices are suited to fit any collector’s budget.

To further the excitement, coinciding with Bewitching is the opening of Dead Wood, a mini-exhibition of new works from Arizona-based illustrator and toy designer Gary Ham. The show also marks the release of an exclusive colorway of Gary’s popular “Wooper Looper” vinyl toy; more on that soon!

Bewitching II and Dead Wood open Oct. 5th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. Both exhibitions will be on view through Nov. 5th.