Sentimentrees and Engine!

  • by

The preview for Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” and Ragnar’s “Engine” will be out tonight, but here is a collection of what we have seen so far.


Picture 1 of 14

More from Ragnar and Gary Ham

  • by

The preview for Ragnar’sEngine” and Gary Ham’sSentimentrees” goes out tomorrow, but we thought it would be fun to squeeze in a few more glimpses into the show (and their studios).
DSC_0789Another angle in Ragnar’s studio with an entire arsenal of work ready to go to Albuquerque. We finally get a better view of the alien spaceman I was wanting to see, and it is everything I imagined! The almost night vision greens give this alien (or is it human?) a great vibe.

DSC_0835And another view that shows some of the fun in Ragnar’s studio.

Teenwolf_HamYes, you are seeing double! Scott Howard and his alter ego Teen Wolf! Gary’s amazing wood piece is a nice nostalgic throwback to that classic 1985 film. Oddly enough, I watched it this week and it holds up. Be it riding on top of a van as the wolf or hanging in a dark closet with Boof, this wolf will howl this coming Friday at the opening.

Teenwolf_wipRagnar’s “Engine” opens alongside Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” on November 1st at Stranger Factory with an opening reception from 6-9pm.

Ragnar’s “Engine” carries on.

  • by

DSC_0775 (1)Happy Monday…well, now it is! We got another preview image from the almighty Ragnar for ya’. It looks like Brandon is trying to pick out the proper frames for a few of the pieces for “Engine“. This will be a very creature heavy show from him, and we couldn’t be more pleased. His love of early cartoons really shows in these ghouls.

DSC_0771We thought it would be fun to throw in some of Ragnar’s paints too, but if you look to the right you will see a little preview of another piece from the show.

Ragnar’s “Engine” opens alongside Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” on November 1st at Stranger Factory with an opening reception from 6-9pm.


ACK ACK – More from Ragnar’s “Engine.”

  • by

DSC_0781Ack Ack! Ack Ack Ack! I wanted to give an update using all “Ack Acks” but that may fall short. If you haven’t seen the Tim Burton film “Mars Attacks” then you won’t understand that the aliens (as awesomely painted by Ragnar above) only say that one word.

Ragnar has captured these country music hating lifeforms perfectly. The color, the tone, the expression, and the entire ensemble is spot on. Hats off to you Brandon and Ack Ack!

Looks like we have a creature feature on our hands from Ragnar. By the looks below of two more pieces in “Engine” we will have a massive dose of monsters. Frankenstein’s monster looks pretty somber from this angle, but his cohort most definitely isn’t.
DSC_0797Ragnar’s “Engine” opens alongside Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” on November 1st at Stranger Factory with an opening reception from 6-9pm.


And, for more peeks into Ragnar’s amazing sketchbooks, follow him on Instagram.

November at Stranger Factory: Ragnar and Gary Ham

  • by

November 2013 brings two new solo exhibits to Stranger Factory from Gary Ham and Brandon “Ragnar” Johnson.

Both exhibits run November 1st – December 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, November 1st from 6 – 9 PM.

Engine” brings us original work by Brandon “Ragnar” Johnson, a renowned artist and illustrator. Usually known for his clean and minimalist illustration style, this new body of work by Ragnar introduces his fans to a grittier, more organic series of paintings. Leaning visually on a 1960s / Film Noir vibe, “Engine” is a bold reminder of everything we love about mid-century art and design.

Sentimentrees” by Gary Ham is based around the personification of his own sentimental childhood memories. If the things we loved as a child could walk and talk, what would their childhood be like? As children, we saw our treehouse as a trusted friend and sanctuary; as adults we see a wood box nailed into tree branches. “Sentimentrees” brings us back to seeing our playthings through the optimism and unconditional love of our youth.

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Ragnar update for Monsters & Misfits III

  • by

A few weeks ago we brought you some development details out of Ragnar’s camp on a delightful creature from the sea making his way to Monsters & Misfits III. We are pleased as a sea cucumber that we got a finished image of this beast.
Ragnar finishedThe colors are extraordinary and small details on the figure really make it pop. We can’t wait to see what else Ragnar has for us and the folks in Japan.

Ragnar for Monsters & Misfits III

  • by

Ragnar1Another strong addition to this year’s Monsters & Misfits show in Takayama, Japan is the almighty Ragnar! Like all the others, Ragnar is hard at work and burning the midnight oil to make this museum show as epic as the two predecessors. With the opening less than six weeks away, we thought it was time to show you some of what Ragnar has in the works from sketch to early sculpts.
remember these are works in progress
We will have more soon because Monsters & Misfits III is less than six weeks away and we have loads of eye candy to serve up to you!



Monsters & Misfits III

  • by


You have waited over a year, now get ready, because Monsters & Misfits III is coming back this September to Takayama, Japan!

We’ll have more news coming soon, but we have a few new artists joining in the fun, and we can’t wait to show you what our artists have been cooking up for you!

New Eye Candy in the CP Store

  • by

CoopbookComing off a thrilling night at the Baby Tattoo Roadshow, we have a treat for all that couldn’t make it down to Stranger Factory! We have the shelves stocked with so much eye candy, it will make your coffee table make an “O” face and your house guests get weak in the knees when they see all the amazing art books stacked up in your abode.

Right now, in the CP Store we have Idle HandsThe Art of Coop Vol. 2,” Ragnar’s Aporismyth,” Black Magik: the Art of Chet Zar“,  and rows of others. Also, to get you pumped for his show at Stranger Factory this July, we have Phil Noto’s “Jet Seven: The Art of Phil Noto“.

Check out the lifestyle section of the CP Store for many art books, shirts, and items of a strange nature!

philnoto_jetseven rag-web zar-web


The Baby Tattoo Roadshow @ Stranger Factory May 20th!

  • by

Baby Tattoo Roadshow 2

The Baby Tattoo Roadshow is coming to Albuquerque!

Baby Tattoo has grabbed a superstar group of artists and are hitting the road with the single mission of bringing art to the masses!

Ragnar, Coop, Gris Grimly,and Marina Bychkova will all be in attendance and signing their latest books, publihsed by Baby Tattoo, at Stranger Factory on May 20th. That’s a Monday, so if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and make sure your week starts out marvelously  The roadshow of incredible art is scheduled for 7-9pm, but the experience will last a lifetime!

Did we mention we will have mixologist Michael Trujillo on hand filling libation needs.

Baby Tattoo Roadshow