Bewitching III

Progress shots from Cathy Carr for Bewitching

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If you haven’t realized yet, we love studio shots and in progress work! These glimpses into an artist’s process and mind help us get an understanding of the finished piece…and we also like reassuring ourselves that other artists are messy too. Plus, we think it is really fun to see where the magic happens.

For Bewitching III this October, Cathy Carr has graciously showed us what she has been working on in her surprisingly neat studio. Well skilled in sculpture, plush, and painting with a Halloween influence, Cathy will fit in well with the rest of the Bewitching group show. From the progress shots, it looks like we are in store for some horned devilish sculpture goodness, all balancing on a jack o’lantern!
Carr_Studio2Bewitching III opens October 11, at Stranger Factory with a reception from 6-9pm.

Introducing Katie Carillo!

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If you’re a regular visitor at Stranger Factory, you might have run into the giant smile and smooth dance moves of our paint assistant, Katie Carillo! A recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and a rising talent in the Albuquerque art scene, Katie works hard to bring you many of the recent editioned works from Circus Posterus.

However, we wanted to chat to her about more of her own artwork, which is a delightful exploration of scientific and environmental themes. Katie’s art will be debuting at Stranger Factory in Bewitching III, opening October 11th!

Circus Posterus: Tell us about what you do at Stranger Factory!

Katie Carillo: Mainly I ogle at all the amazing art. But really, I do whatever they let me do at Stranger Factory! I am Kathie’s assistant, or paint monkey (that’s a title I have given myself) and have done some graphic design work. I love learning about everything that goes on though, and I’ve had the opportunity to help with a lot of different things. The best part is being able to spend time with and learn from Kathie, Brandt, Aubrie and Mikee, who are some of the most creative, smart, funny, generous, all around beautiful people I’ve met. That sounds like brown nosing but it isn’t because it’s true.

CP: How did you end up working with Kathie and Stranger Factory?

KC: I went to school with the fabulous Valency Genis, and she knew how much I loved the gallery, Brandt, and Kathie, and put in a good word for me (probably a lot of them actually) when she knew she would be moving. Then I had a sort of painting try out and they let me work there!! I’m so excited to be there and I pinch myself daily. I am not joking, just ask my friends.

Flash, from a small body of work titled Desert/Sea

Flash, from a small body of work titled Desert/Sea

CP: What’s the concept behind your paintings for Bewitching?

KC: My pieces for Bewitching are views out of the windows of a haunted submarine… They each show how remnants of Halloween have made their way to the bottom of the sea and how the creatures living there react to them. I am also playing with the idea of porthole-petri dishes and showing what may happen on a cellular level because I am an environmentalist and also a nerd.

A preview of one of Katie's pieces for Bewitching III.

A preview of one of Katie’s pieces for Bewitching III.

kc_jellyCP: What are you currently obsessing over? What is inspiring you right now?

KC: I love plankton, and I just learned about this really cool citizen science identification project called “Plankton Portal”… obsessed!

My inspiration generally comes from the dialogue that I have with my incredible friends, looking at new art and learning about scientific discoveries daily, and being in a really awesome work environment… However, right now it’s mostly the deadline for the show.

CP: Congrats on your recent graduation(and your double major)! It’s been really cool to see your art and science backgrounds fusing together. When did you first realize you could pursue both paths in your work?

KC: Hey, thank you! Art and science have always been intertwined for me. I think everything I’ve learned in science has become creative fodder in some way. I am very passionate about our role in our planet’s diversity and ecology and I feel the need to communicate aspects of that through art. Also, the world is just fascinating and I want to paint it!

CP: What are we going to see next from you, after Bewitching?

KC: I am beyond excited and honored to be showing some pieces at the Winter Salon at Stranger Factory in December, will be participating in a fundraiser show for a local art center, and have some ideas incubating in my head for a larger body of work soon, centered around lab rabbits.


Stan Manoukian for Bewitching III

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SM1What adorable doe-eyed creature do we have here? Apparently, it is a cute antlered critter from the likes of Circus Posterus artist Stan Manoukian for the Bewitching III group show! Continuing with Bewitching’s Halloweeney theme, Stan has made a splendid creature of the night for all the trick or treaters out there.

Big eyes, antlers, pouty expression, and tail, oh my! Who can resist giving this little dude some candy? But that isn’t all…
SM2Stan also went creepy with another awesome sculpt. It looks like this fella is having a parasite problem, but lucky for him, they are happy smiling parasites. He doesn’t look too alarmed, but it looks like Stan caught him off guard while taking this picture with his favorite pumpkin for Bewitching!

Elizabeth the Trick or Treat Robot

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b8b765f0167a11e3a5bc22000a9e2899_7DrilOne has been keeping us updated from his rusty rec room on some of the derelict robots he is creating for Bewitching III, and one of them seems to use Kathie Olivas’ wonderful Elizabeth platform!!! Adding the patina and rustic feel of Dril’s style to this lovely base is a process we love to see unfold.
28eb3bb00c6e11e383d022000aaa0956_7Elizabeth was getting too old to Trick or Treat in her town. She was not allowed to Trick or Treat anymore by her mother. She told her – “It is embarrassing because you’re too old”. Elizabeth loved candy more than anything, so she had to figure out something. Elizabeth created a robot of herself to collect baskets full of Halloween candy. That is how the Trick or Treat Robot was created.
Dril bewitching
Better snatch her up at Bewitching III when is opens October 11th or she will snatch all your candy.

A “Pumpkin Crab Meet Up” at Bewitching III

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Meet upMaking his debut at Stranger Factory for Bewitching III is the hot new artist on everyone’s watch list, Jim McKenzie.  Making waves and keeping the momentum going since his successful Kickstarter campaign, Jim is a perfect addition to the Bewitching group show. His energy and style is a fitting compliment to the stellar group of artists already joining us for the October show. Utilizing the pumpkin crab from his Kickstarter fame, Jim has created the acrylic painting “Pumpkin Crap Meet Up” that will soon be on its way to the rest of the pumpkin patch in Albuquerque.

We will have more from Bewitching III coming soon, and if you want to see more from Jim, he has a brand new site here.


Tim Lee gets Bewitched!

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He floored us with his work last June, and now Tim Lee is coming back to Stranger Factory for Bewitching III!

Since Tim’s work already has a magical Halloween vibe at times, his work crossing over to the Bewitching group show seemed like a perfect meeting of two great minds. One of his pieces for the show titled “Funbox” holds a bounty of mystery inside. Does it hold a fiendish trick or an ever so sweet treat? We might have to wait until the opening on October 11th to find, but it is tempting to look inside now!


A first look at Bewitching III

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We are gearing up for third annual installment of Bewitching at Stranger Factory. This highly anticipated group show happens every October, and the lineup this year is once again phenomenal, so sit back while we slowly roll out the ghosts, ghouls, and Halloween-esque works leading up to opening night.

jasperpumpkinview2.comUp first, we are proud to show you Jasper Pumpkin by the talented Jen Musatto aka Them DollzJen is no stranger (pun intended) to our misfit world and will be also have a solo show at Stranger Factory in December. An exquisite master in the plush arts, she is a perfect fit for Bewitching!

Jasper is decked out in his Halloween colors and top hat and is ready to frighten all the trick or treaters even if he can’t say much. He isn’t a small fry either because he is 26″ long, 8″ wide at his head, and 4.5″ thick of pure pumpkin! Stick him next to the candy dish or the pumpkin patch, because that is where he feels most at home.
We will have more from Jen and many more of the artists in Bewitching III before the show opens October 11th, so keep an eye out right here.