Monsters & Misfits II

New Sneaks from Kathie Olivas for M&MII

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So Circus Posterus is on Instagram now, in case you missed the memo, and what better way to incite irrational excitement amongst the fans than debut with some insanely beautiful teasers of pieces for Monsters & Misfits II? I swear Kathie does this to us on purpose. Anyway, let’s have a look. Above: an aproned Elizabeth whose gloves admittedly have me curious, along with the fact that she seems abnormally tall (maybe this teaser will jog your memory?). Really loving the aged treatment on this one, as well. In behind we have an encrusted masked Lizzie — scroll down a bit …

Ah, there we are. Anyone else still aching for the production release of the Masked Elizabeth? I know, such a beaut. This particular disguised crusader is a Lizzie and she’s rockin’ some serious rocks. (And bling!) The encrusted look is really starting to grow on me; I’m a fan of the white gems, which we’ll see more of in a bit. Oh, and the bunny plush is just for show — a gift from a fellow CP boardie. Pretty, ain’t it? Seems Lizzie has found a sidekick!

Ok, everyone back off: I call dibs on this one. This is a custom Bear Hood Lizzie, complete with lolli and all kinds of wicked, hand-sculpted elements. Love the hands, the zipper mouth, the hat … and that empty gaze. Ho boy. Just lovely.

Here be the aforementioned white gem bedazzled lady. This one is still a work in progress so no full reveals yet, but she’s interesting: kind of a marionette vibe going on here with two slits running down the sides of her mouth. And a wicked wooden cart. Word has it she’ll also be decked out with her own Brandt Peters skeleton pit crew (they’re on lunch break).

And last, but certainly not least … ladies and gentlemen: new Kumas are coming!!

More info to come! Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

Fake Candy You’d Eat Anyway

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It appears that, aside from perfumery and critter creation, Ms. Amanda Spayd is quite the keen faux confectioner. Yes, they are fake: resin, in fact. I’m telling you, she’d be a star window dresser, this gal. The sweets are part of the Monsters & Misfits II exhibition in Japan, opening April 13th. Ice cream, cantlers, resin candies … the craving’s are runnin’ rampant!

Padlock the Pantry!! The Nibbler is Coming!

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Watching a piece of art evolve from simple sketch or sculpture to something whole and ‘animate’ is one of my favourite things to behold. I’m a lover of processes and when it’s a show of this scale (we’re talkin’ Monsters & Misfits II) — with many artists working synchronously on the same project — there’s new gifts awaiting our eyes almost daily.

And this guy is somethin’ else. A variation of his ‘Dainty Nibbler’ sketch from last December (below), Chris Ryniak’s newest beastie is bound to be a show-stopper. Chris has already revealed that he’s quite the big boy at 19 inches tall, and he is indeed the first and last of his breed. …Give baby a kiss!!!

Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

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Monsters & Misfits II – A First Look

This April marks the one-year anniversary of Monsters & Misfits, a three-person exhibition by Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters and Chris Ryniak that took place at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan. It was an exhibition that birthed some of the most challenging, influential, and beautiful works in the careers of these artists; an exhibition that they were unable to attend; an exhibition that helped raise $16,000 for disaster relief. Monsters & Misfits boosted the morale of the townspeople, helped rebuild a devastated city and reminded everyone of the healing power of art. It was prolific in all aspects.

And this year, we go bigger.

Circus Posterus returns to Japan this April for Monsters & Misfits II, a group show featuring new works from the original three artists, as well as Amanda Louise Spayd and Doktor A. Hosted for a second year by Tomenosuke-Syoten at the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the opening takes place on the eve of the Takayama Spring Festival, April 13th.

We kick things off with a progress shot from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. Delight yourselves in discussion! There’s plenty more to come.