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Stranger Factory – March Exhibit

Dubious Beasts: Life Cycles

Stranger Factory is excited to welcome the the third installation of the “Dubious Beasts” collaborative series of shows by Leslie Levings and Shing Yin Khor. In this show, the artists explore a universe of off kilter whimsy and inquire into the development processes of their curious creatures.

Leslie Levings is a sculptor renowned for her charming and personable Beastlies series. Her dubious creatures are elegant and lost in thought, cuddled into a nook of a tree, or perched over a quiet lake.

Shing Yin Khor is a sculptor and painter. Her dubious creatures are anxious and not particularly intelligent, a slightly alarmed look on their face as they appear in a range of sculptures and watercolour paintings detailing their observed behavior.

Paired with an obsession with natural history museums, trophy heads, and cabinets of curiosities, Levings and Khor bring to Stranger Factory a delightful menagerie of colourful, beady eyed critters – bending over clutches of eggs, and encased in cocoons, awaiting their final metamorphosis.

The exhibit runs March 6th through April 4th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Both artists will be in attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first show at Stranger Factory’s new location!

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

The Peepshow is hard at work making sure every tassel is perfectly placed, but we do have a few previews of what lovely ladies you will see at the epic Brandt Peters curated event.

Opening February 6th, and featuring the amazing artistic talents of Ryan Heshka, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Jim Mahfood, Brian Ewing, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Aunia Kahn, Tokyo Jesus and Brandt Peters, we are sure you won’t leave unsatisfied.

Now for a little preview.

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LOOK OF BEAUTY art with matte hi resThe exhibit runs Feburary 6th through March 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, February 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Some artists will be in attendance.

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Stranger Factory – February Exhibit

Peepshow – A Group Exhibition of Pin-Up Artists

Stranger Factory is excited to announce “Peepshow”, a new group exhibit of contemporary pop artists reimagining the concept of pin-up art. The classic pin-up was a lowbrow form of art, originally intended as cheap titillation for the masses and commonly used as advertising. Curator Brandt Peters invited his peers to revisit the pin-up not as cheap commerce, but instead to use the form as a showcase for contemporary style, as well as more modern attitudes towards women and the female form.

Participating artists in the show include Ryan Heshka, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Jim Mahfood, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Aunia Kahn, Brian Ewing, Tokyo Jesus and Brandt Peters.

The exhibit runs Feburary 6th through March 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, February 6th from 6 – 9 PM. 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. 

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We have been busy showing you work in progress images from Conjuring Mischief, but we thought we would give you a look at 4 finished pieces we have taunted you with.

Get ready to see Skelves that range from the classic style of Travis Lampe, to the beautifully painted Candice Tripp, the majestic Scribe sculpted Skelve, and the wool fabricated finesse of Lana Crooks.

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Travis Lampe’s skelve shines with gold and exudes expression with a custom sculpted mask. Classic Lampe style!

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Candice Tripp worked her elegant detailed painting skills with a beautifully painted skelve. Wait until you see the detail on the leaves up close.

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Scribe put his sculpting skills to the test with a 4-legged Skelve that evokes a Chinese dragon parade.

lana crooks 1Lana Crooks also used a 4-legged skelve and let the skeletal system be the star with a fabric inspired structure. That tail!!!!

We have much more to show you, so keep your eyes locked on all our social media outlets.

“Conjuring Mischief” opens this Friday, May 2nd and runs through June 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, May 2nd from 6 – 9 PM.
Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

 

Looks like Andrew Bell has called in the third shift for his Factory Strangers show at Stranger Factory.
8016_10151976792656463_187648159_nAnother work in progress image from Andrew that seems to truly show one of those magnificent creatures in his head. At first glance, we see what looks like a disgruntled tripod factory worker, but being an early stage of development, and Andrew being the mastermind he is, this little fella can go in a billion directions. Regardless, this sculpt has our attention!

On that note, here is another sample from the show. Not much to go on except Andrew’s description from Facebook “gates and spouts and vents and sprues and stuff.” Bring it on, Mr. Bell!

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Andrew Bell’s Factory Strangers runs April 4th – May 4th, with an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 6 – 9 PM.

 

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

 

20140312_162649_resizedIt seems only fitting that  we take you to the end of a rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day. The pot of gold you find there, is the rainbow maker himself, Bwana Spoons!

The man, the myth, the skateboard loving artist we have come to know has graciously allowed us access into his color filled studio, and you know how much we love seeing where the artists work!
So, while you wait to consume green beer, see where all that rainbow magic happens.
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8db9d0f6a97111e3a2680a84b508c472_8We are getting some early early images in from Andrew Bell for his show coming to Stranger Factory this April.

We can see that Andrew is in his Beast Mode of sculpting. The combination of giant pants and what might be hooves, makes us wonder what manner of monster will inhabit them.

We also have a small hat (below) which in my head I think belongs to a Doozer from Fraggle Rock, but I doubt Andrew is doing that.

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More updates soon!
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These exhibits run April 4th – May 4th, with an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 6 – 9 PM.
Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

 

RHAnother quick preview from Deadeyes before the actual preview comes out, and this time by robot alchemist Robert Hoggard.

This creation is known as “1080P”, and looks like it is on a mission. That cold stare is ready for the robot uprising! …well, probably not, since it has a turn key on its head to get him going. He is also equipped with a 95 mm x 55mm LCD screen, and tons of lights in his head.

I can’t get enough of these robots! Who doesn’t love robots?

Deadeyes runs March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.