Dok A + Chet Zar collaboration in the works for ODDFELLOWS

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Collab1This is something that has head exploding potential – Dok A and Chet Zar are collaborating on a piece for their show Oddfellows! It was bound to happen, and with these two great minds working together, we are guaranteed to be blown away with an expertly created and executed work of art. The image above is still in the early stages with Chet sculpting a creature piloting a Dok A machine. Is this a mech, a robot, or a cohabitative arrangement between machine and a carbon based lifeform? At this early stage, it is safe to say that this piece will be epic! EPIC, I tell you!



an early look at Doktor A’s workbench

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There is some mechanical magic happening on Doktor A’s workbench for Oddfellows, and we’re tingling with excitement to see the brassy details emerge!

Dok A says – “I have broken new ground again with this group of works. I wanted to push some things I started in my New York show a little further, and add another layer of detail. I am very happy with the results.” By that, I think he means that he may have ascended to a plane of mind numbingly glorious detail. Seriously, look at this block and tackle pulley system, rendered in miniature.



Expect a panoply of pieces from Doktor A for Oddfellows – cast resin, dioramas, even a collaboration with his show partner, Chet Zar! It’ll be riveting, we promise(Get it? Rivets? Oh, I crack myself up.). Stay tuned; we have some teaser shots of something called a Shutterburg coming up.

Chet Zar and Doktor A’s Oddfellows opens at Stranger Factory on May 3rd.

Chet Zar’s Custom Frames!

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One of the most delightful things about Chet Zar’s moody, macabre art is the extent he goes to create a cohesive piece in every way. Chet is sculpting up a batch of new custom frames, and they look amazing and remarkably detailed.

Like his show at Stranger Factory last year, they’ll be cast in resin, and paired with his paintings. That show pretty much sold out, by the way, so you should definitely make sure not to miss out on this collection of new art!




Chet Zar and Doktor A’s Oddfellows opens at Stranger Factory on May 3rd.

May Shows at Stranger Factory – Doktor A, Chet Zar and Doubleparlour

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May 2013 brings two new exhibits to the Stranger Factory gallery; a dual show by noted character creators Chet Zar and Doktor A, and a special Project Room exhibit by Doubleparlour. 


Oddfellows is a collection of new character work by UK artist and steampunk aficionado Doktor A, and dark art monster-maker Chet Zar. Oddfellows is an expression of how despite their vastly differing styles, both Chet Zar and Dok A are essentially doing the same thing – using inhuman forms to illustrate the human condition. In spite of their gas-mask faces or giant mechanical moustaches, each artists creations are, at heart, just regular joes with lives, wants, dreams of their own. By using non-human characters, each artist is able to force the viewer to focus less on the superficiality of human form and bias and more on the details of each character’s existence.

As Doktor A says, “Even though our respective creations believe themselves to be quite ordinary they are of course quite extraordinary…as are we all.”


The Stranger Factory Project Room will be showing Doubleparlour’s newest exhibit of hand-crafted resin figures, Pink Eye. This exhibit features Doubleparlour’s trademark monsters, mutations, and animal hybrid characters experiencing the full range of familiar human emotion.

From pain to pleasure, and joy to dismay; by exploring human emotion through familiar but inhuman forms, Doubleparlour give us the opportunity to see what we might just look like on the inside.

Chet Zar is a renowned monster-maker and character artist whose work has been seen in “The Ring”, “Hellboy I & II”, “Planet of the Apes” and critically acclaimed music videos for the art metal band Tool.

Doktor A is one of the most well-known steampunk character artists in the world, and his work has set the industry standard for mechanical gentlemen. His characters have been produced by multiple companies including Arts Unknown, DYZ Plastic, and Kidrobot.

Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco, a husband and wife artistic collaboration living in San Francisco, CA.

(Press Release by Steve Brown – contact Steve at unklesteve@gmail.com for more information and high resolution images)