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November 3-26, 2017

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New Works
Dave Johnson

Stacked Pyramids
Jim Mahfood

project room
The Fir / The Green
Amy Earles

Your Freaky Friends
Kaitlin Ziesmer

New Works
Solo exhibition of new works by Dave Johnson
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

American comic icon, “Reverend” Dave Johnson, will be exhibiting new figurative paintings and black and white works on paper inspired by his rich history in character development and comic art. Well known as an Eisner award winning cover artist, Johnson will be presenting his own contemporary narrative work that focuses on sharp, contrasting color compositions and patterns that provide the backdrop for his bold, minimalist portraits.

Stacking Pyramids
Solo exhibition of new works by Jim Mahfood
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Raw, frenetic illustration artist, Jim Mahfood, will be exhibiting new works in “Stacking Pyramids.”His work defines his exploration of imagined senses and sexuality couched in his trademark chaotic style…heaps of black ink seem to explode within and around his subjects as they struggle for a handhold in an unsure world. Mahfood’s illustration style is dense and rich, and carries an intense load of sex, comedy, confidence, and a subtle presence of the fear and uncertainty of impending doom.

The Fir / The Green
Solo exhibition of new work by Amy Earles
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Amy Earles is a US-based artist known for paintings and illustrations with contrasting dark, yet but feminine affection for strong central characters reminiscent of another time. Her foreboding narratives focus on dark figures like witches and mysteriously personified animals along with the unproven innocence of the young.

She explores the hidden layers of the self and the subconscious, aspects of the dreaming mind, and what it might mean to become another self, or many selves, when no one is looking. We are expecting to see a mix of original works including oil paintings, gouache paintings, intricate pencil drawings, as well as some archival prints of some of her most recent work, and of course, some of her paper dolls.

Your Freaky Friends
Solo exhibition of new work by Kaitlin Ziesmer
Opening reception, November 3, 6-9 pm

Denver based Artist Kaitlin Ziesmer will be exhibiting new paintings that feature animals and pop culture archetypes that assume the identities of everyday humans. Her brightly saturated minimalist portraits offer humorous cut and paste alterations that are reminiscent of 80’s fashion magazines and the nostalgia of high school yearbooks.

The preview should come out sometime this evening for Phil Noto’s “Full Diclosure” and Jim Mahfood’s “Perfect Machine”, so we thought one last glimpse at some of the work was a proper thing to do.

So here are the “Pantless Wonder” and “Starlet” as an appetizer for all the goodness coming tomorrow night at the opening!

PantslessWonder StarletBoth exhibits run February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

With the opening only three days away, it is time to “Terrorize” with another piece by Jim Mahfood forPerfect Machine“!

“Terrorize” is yet another astounding work by Mahfood. The splashes of color, controlled chaos, street lettering, and sensuality, are one(well, four) of the many reasons we love Jim’s work.
We can’t wait to see it in person!

Terrorize

Jim Mahfood’s “Perfect Machine”  runs February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

Look, I love Tank Girl. I love Tank Girl with the burning passion of an sexually confused alterna-punk high school obsessed over bad ass girls with too much personality and a penchant for comic violence.

TankGirlBoomStick(Also, I was Tank Girl last Halloween)

So, when I say things like “Holy shit, we get Jim Mahfood’s Tank Girl art in at Stranger Factory in February!” you can be rest assured that I am genuinely gleeful about it.

Jim collaborated with Alan Martin to produce the 3 issue miniseries Everybody Loves Tank Girl in 2012, and it is excellent.

For his show at Stranger Factory, Mahfood is exhibiting six Tank Girl related pieces of art, with the eponymous girl at the center(but also her friends Jet Girl and Sub Girl). I’ve gotten a peek at all of them, and let me tell you, they are perfectly sexy and messy and exuberantly Tank Girl.

Jim Mahfood will be present at his show’s opening, so if you’re a comic fan, be sure to stop by and have doughnuts with Jim and Phil Noto in gorgeous Albuquerque. We promise you a good time.

(I feel like I should mention that part of the 1995 Tank Girl movie was filmed 3 hrs outside of Albuquerque, at the White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo…but frankly it just looks like a desert.)

Jim Mahfood’s “Perfect Machine”  runs February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

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7d2d6a20849311e3b79312eb07b1b393_8You read it correctly, true believers!

Phil Noto and Jim Mahfood are coming to Albuquerque!
Both of these amazingly talented artists will be present on opening night (February 7th) for their exhibits “Full Disclosure” and “Perfect Machine” at Stranger Factory.

As Jim has so perfectly stated “we’ll both be there that night to shake your hand, draw a shark on your forehead, high-5 the wizard, do shots of whiskey, and everything else”. That sounds like a perfect night, if you ask me.

See you February 7th for opening night at Stranger Factory from 6-9pm!

 

 

CrushItJim Mahfood is ready to “Crush It” at Stranger Factory this February. This preview from his “Perfect Machine” show, is a perfect example of the visual funk Mahfood is bringing to the canvas. Girls, graffiti, monsters, and color, what more do you need?

Jim Mahfood’s “Perfect Machine”  runs February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

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It is a pleasure to welcome cartoonist, illustrator, muralist and all around artistic badass Jim Mahfood to the Stranger Factory 2014 schedule. Also known for his creation of  “Visual Funk”: a mix of comix art, graffiti, manga, street art, and funk culture, Jim’s style will blend perfectly with all the SF fans out there.

All month, we will bring you all kinds of previews of Jim’s “Perfect Machine” before the opening, so keep checking the blog for updates.
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Stranger Factory – February Exhibits

New works by Phil Noto and Jim Mahfood

Stranger Factory is thrilled to present two new exhibits for February from artists Phil Noto and Jim Mahfood.

Phil Noto’s “Full Disclosure” finds Noto’s signature style in top form, as the artist deftly brings beautiful new characters to life. Few artists are able to capture the subtleties of human expressions like Noto, and it’s impossible to look at his works without being drawn in immediately. Beautiful understatement is the name of the game with Noto’s work, from a slightly raised eyebrow to the tiniest of smirks. We are huge fans of Noto’s paintings, and thrilled to be able to present another solo show by this modern master.

In the Project Room we have the frenetic illustration style of Jim Mahfood. His new exhibit, “Perfect Machine”, brings to Stranger Factory an exploration of sense and sensuality couched in his trademark chaotic style…heaps of black ink seem to explode within and around his subjects as they struggle for a handhold in an unsure world. Mahfood’s illustration style is dense and rich, and carries an intense load of sex, comedy, and violence.

 

Please contact our Press Manager with any additional requests for artist information or show images.

Both exhibits run February 7th – March 2nd, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6 – 9 PM.