News

 
Greetings from Stranger Factory!
We’re proud to present two new exhibitions in our new gallery space in Algodones, NM. 
 
We will begin in person appointments starting next weekend, March 20& 21, please contact the gallery in you would like to make an appointment at strangerfactorysales@gmail.com
Starting March 27, we will be scheduling regular gallery hours Saturday and Sunday, 10-5pm.
*We require masks and social distancing and ask to limit families/ groups to 4.
 
 
Brandt Peters- Phantsmenagerie
 
Pop Surrealist painter and contemporary toy maker, Brandt Peters, presents a collection of new multi-media works born of a year of isolation, reflection, and wonder. Dozens of odd characters inspired by the parallel storylines of depression era animated characters combined with the growing  anxiety of an uncertain future in an uncertain world. He combines vintage found objects with timeless avatars into hand made “toys” and assemblages that tell stories of resilience and optimism. 
Brandt Peters emerged from the entertainment industry into an internationally recognized and accomplished fine artist, designer, and producer. Often known for his award winning toy designs, Peters is also a mixed media painter and story-teller who centers his work on character design and visual development. His work hearkens back to the earliest days of comics and animation, with a seeming simplicity that hides layers of intricate back story rooted in humor and a strong, empowering narrative voice. He is one of original founders of Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory gallery and pre-pandemic, worked as an Art Director for Meow Wolf.

Phil Noto- Phil Noto New works 2021

Contemporary narrative artist, Phil Noto, presents new acrylic paintings of his favorite subject matter, the female muse. Strong, confident  faces encouraging the viewer to enjoy life’s pleasures in bold, striking colors and minimalist text that serve as mysterious mantras and secrets soon to be revealed.

Phil Noto is an Eisner nominated American painter, comic book/ concept artist who is known for his work on such titles as Black WidowJonah HexUncanny X-Force,and most recently Star Wars (Chewbacca and Shattered Empire). After a 10 year career at Disney Feature Animation, he started to work full-time as an artist for Marvel, DC, Image Comics and Dark Horse, and as well, time in gaming working on such blockbuster hits such as Bioshock. Phil Noto has been a prominent featured artist at Stranger Factory since its opening in 2011.

Happy New Year, Friends! 
Greetings from lock-down; we hope you are all safe and healthy and optimistic for a new year full of possibilities.
We’re really excited to announce the arrival of our newest mini series, Cherry Moon Garden. This is the first collaborative series with our new toy partners, 1983.

ONLINE NOW
Cherry Moon Garden mini series
Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters
Produced by 1983 x Circus Posterus
Full case of 10 (complete series) $125
Includes a signed “Trumpet Tea” archival mini print
Individual boxes $13 (blind box)

 


Now Showing:
Bewitching X, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Defective Pudding, & Lana Crooks.

Bewitching X, Stranger Factory’s 10th Annual Fall Group Exhibition
features works by Genevieve Greer, Anna Tillett, Ally Burke, Jeremy
Cross, Amy Earles, Fika Art, Vannesa Ramirez, Defective Pudding,
Kaitlin Zeismer, Stephanie Eichelberger, Caitlin McCarthy, Kathie
Olivas, & Brandt Peters.

Artists are invited to find inspiration in the season of Halloween.
To tricks, treats, ghouls, and of course, witches.
Brandt Peters Astrobats!
*Limited to one per household

Brandt, “Apparently I broke the internet by uploading my hand painted
vinyl sofubi for Bewitching X…it crashed our site. So this is what
we’re going to do…”

If you would like to be considered for random lottery drawing to
purchase a piece, please send your email and contact info to
strangerfactorysales@gmail.com from NOW until 12 noon PST Monday, the
4th.

A number will be assigned to your email and you will be emailed should
your number be drawn. We will contact you with further instructions
from there. Thank you all who were looking forward to your very own
Astrobat, we apologize for the difficulties earlier today. -Stranger
Factory Team

Dark Playgrounds by Johnpaul Gutierrez

Gutierrez developed the theme of Dark Playgrounds in response to the
growing uncertainty of our children’s future. Having two young
children himself has caused him to reflect on the upcoming
difficulties of navigating the rapidly, changing world. Witnessing the
constant chaos and unrest in the news as well as social media, has
created a nervous agitation about humanity’s immediate future and more
so for our littlest and most vulnerable humans. The need to express
this concern became prominent as playgrounds and schools were shut
down due to the pandemic.

Gutierrez creates a swirling mashup of slides, skulls, and symbolic
creatures emerging from the eyes and mouths of colorful faces. The
characters are the hidden voices that are constantly trying to dictate
a response; these monsters emerge yelling and suspicious while
inhabiting this dark playground.

Dark Playgrounds was created using acrylic paint, watercolor, and the
artist’s favorite medium, pen and pencil.

Bystander in My Tale of Luck by Defective Pudding

Self-taught illustrator and visual artist, Christa Dippel, works under
the artist name Defective Pudding. Her works are primarily created in
color pencil and graphite. Her pieces take on a nostalgic, sweet
appearance while also exploring melancholy subjects. She draws most of
her inspiration from vintage media, toys, and clothes, as well as
wildlife and nature.

Bystander in My Tale of Luck explores the daily experience of anxiety,
mental exhaustion, and a wide range of emotions that mute any attempt
at productivity. Defective Pudding puts emphasis on the emotions in
her creations by utilizing the artist’s feelings towards one’s daily
life. The feeling of an inexperienced gambler each morning, waking up
with no clue what to expect, and the feeling of losing more often than
not. Hope you enjoy this tale of luck.

Portland based artist, Lana Crooks will be having an ongoing solo
exhibition, Found Lost. Unlike other shows, this one is released as
small collections throughout the rest of the year. The next phase of
this series is coming soon.

See the entire show here
We will be rescheduling our upcoming exhibitions; check our website for updates!

Brandt Peters & Phil Noto coming this November! This will be a preview
show for a larger upcoming exhibit in February!

Stranger Factory…has moved. Unfortunately we were unable to work out new terms at the end of our lease and are currently getting settled in our new location in Algodones, NM (We are directly between Albuquerque and Santa Fe). We are not currently open for scheduled hours, but will begin private appointments and curbside pick-up in the next week or so.

 

 

 We are very excited for our three newest exhibitions that are now online:

Allison Bamcat

Eat The Elephant

“Eat the Elephant is a body of work by surrealist painter Allison Bamcat taking the presence of personal demons and having the courage to fight them. Through the use of vivid, nostalgic colorscapes that harkens back to childhood toys of the 90s, she depicts a selection of mythical creatures from the Encyclopedia of Demonology, each monster a symbol of heavy topics including anorexia, childhood trauma, nightmares, and cult religion. Bamcat is vocal in her support of mental wellness through therapy and self-reflection, and she hopes the viewer can look into what these monsters may symbolize in their own journeys, keeping in mind the secret to healing is gradual and never-ending: “To eat the elephant, one bite at a time.”

Allison Bamcat is a color-obsessed painter living in Los Angeles. Through her use of texture, expression, and vivid color, she seeks to invoke feelings of nostalgia, magic, intensity, and gravity. The creatures, props and plants in her paintings serve as avatars for her personal journey. Bamcat works in Acryla gouache with a secondary concentration in large-scale murals and budding love for ceramics.

Stephanie Inagaki

Samsara and the Birth of the Wild Woman

 

“The last couple years have been a period of deep introspection, colored by grief and learning self-love through creating healthy boundaries. And while the whole world is in a chaotic, unknowing state, much self-examination is happening on a collective level. Within that, my contemplation has evolved into learning self respect. My life has had poignant moments of death, both physical and metaphorical, but through each of these experiences I’ve found new life, happiness, and growth.”

 

Stephanie Inagaki is a Los Angeles based artist whose work explores her personalized interpretations of Japanese mythology and folklore, corvids, familiars, the life/death/life cycle (Samsara), and a joyful splash of humor.

 

Mario Romero

Pull Me Under

“Every memory and dream we have is ultimately obscured. We can recall specific details of a dream and yet we tend to forget the reason behind it all. What was that dream about? What did that dream mean? Dreams, much like vast oceans, pull us deep into depths of the unknown. Sinking into the unknown, we forget time, place, feelings, and thoughts we once had. Captured by watercolor, parts of these fleeting dreams are found. Sometimes, all we have is that one detail, that one feeling to hold onto. This idea of holding onto something that can’t truly be detained is what inspires these deep ocean paintings.”

 

Mario Romero is an emerging New Mexico based artist that primarily uses watercolor to capture his surreal portraits and floating still lifes.

View all work online now at http://www.circusposterus.com/product-category/current-exhibition/


Hello friends,
We’ve been trying to figure out a way to stay in Nob Hill as we try to endure this pandemic, but we are at the end of our lease and unfortunately have been unable to work out new terms with our landlord. We will need to relocate by the end of August.
The good news…is that we did invest in our own commercial space almost 2 years ago and have been renovating it with the goal to accommodate large events and weekend workshops within the next year. We purchased “Hacienda Vargas” in Algodones, NM, which was being used as a bed and breakfast and events space. It is a 200 year old historic landmark situated on Old Route 66, directly off the highway and the halfway point between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The goal was to create a large exhibition space/ garden retreat with private suites that could also be utilized by visiting artists. While we were able to get quite a bit done over these last few months, we’re still about a year away from finishing the main building. We are however currently finishing up a large 1900’s farmhouse on the property that we had been using as a guest house for visiting artists. We plan to re-open the gallery with installations in this location later this month and focus on virtual shows and private local appointments until the larger space is completed next year.
Thank you so much for the ongoing support; we hope to rebuild stronger. We loved being in Nob Hill for almost 10 years, but we’re ready to move on to the next chapter.❤️

Please join us for our latest exhibitions:
Ally Burke: Phantom Phases
&
Bruce Parker: Whatever Happened
to Truman Lighthouse?
Available for online purchase here

Phantom Phases with Ally Burke
Ally Burke’s newest body of work, “Phantom Phases,” contrasts dark, surrealist portraiture with vibrant, symbolic elements of life and reflection. Her subjects challenge the traditional roles of gender and conformity along with documenting the fleeting moment, reminiscent of a somewhat restrained, rebelliously imagined school portrait.

The series was produced while the Tennessee based artist was feeling stuck in a strange place; one where it seems like time has stopped while simultaneously moving too fast. Through the journey of creation, Burke felt as though she were falling into repetitive cycles while also trying to move on to something new. Each piece is an experiment all its own, with bright colors, contrasting the darkness in exploration of personal symbols of grief and change.

Whatever Happened to Truman Lighthouse?
with Bruce Parker
Bruce Parker’s newest series “Whatever Happened to Truman Lighthouse?” introduces his asymmetric hero and his seemingly endless parade of other identities, along with friends, allies, loves, and enemies from his many thrilling adventures.
Parker’s work is narrative; his characters ranging from human, animal, something in between or further beyond. Each archetype is a chaotic, euphoric, light-hearted, nostalgic trip, littered with occasional familiar characters, brands, and products – both past and present.