Stranger Factory is proud to present ODDysseys, for the month of June, with new work from Stan Manoukian, Seymour, Maryanna Hoggatt, and Andrew Bell.
Stan Manoukian is an internationally recognized member of the Circus Posterus Collective, from Paris, France, known for his comic illustration, film and commercial story development, toy design and monster creation. With approximately 15 original sculptures, one large (40″ x 30″) original drawing, and several smaller drawings, Manoukian will be expanding his realm of strange and unknown creatures for the ODDysseys exhibition.
Australian based Peter Kelk produces artwork un…der the pseudonym Seymour and is known for his vibrantly eerie sculptures and intricate ink and giclee prints. For ODDysseys, Seymour’s creations will embody a sense of exploration and adventure and we will see a sculpt edition of ten, each one in an original colorway, as well as at least two larger, original 3-D figures.
Maryanna Hoggatt is a freelance artist in the Pacific Northwest and her impressive client roster has included Nike, Amazon, and Microsoft, though she finds herself most at home when working on her own personal creations. Through illustration and sculpting, Hoggatt has created Animal Battle, a world in which animals express the human emotions involved in overcoming fears and doubts in order to bring to life their hopes and dreams. In keeping with her ongoing narrative, Hoggatt will be providing four original sculpts, wood/resin wall reliefs, as well as prints and smaller resin figures for the ODDysseys exhibition.
For NY artist, Andrew Bell, ODDysseys is an opportunity to expand upon the theme of transmuted plant life, or “Trans-Plants.” We can expect to see several ink drawings, original paintings, as well small and medium resin sculpts complete with Bell’s signature style that blends a sense of humor with serious undertones.
The opening reception is Friday, June 5th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Some of the artists will be in attendance. The ODDysseys exhibition will run through June 28th.
More Designer Con goodness for a mid week pick me up!
We hope you all can make it to Pasadena, CA this weekend. If you do, come visit us at Circus Posterus booth #700!
DrilOne will have a plethora of customs on hand.
Limited Edition for Designer Con and Stranger Factory
November 8 and 9
Pasadena Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
If you didn’t see our big Designer Con 2014 announcement, we dropped some major news on this year’s convention. We are beyond elated that Stan Manoukian is coming over from France to grace us all with his presence and skills at the Circus Posterus booth. We really just want to call him Stan the Man!
If you are not familiar with Stan, we are here to help!
Paris, France based Stan Manoukian is an internationally recognized artist/illustrator, seasoned comic book artist, development and story designer for film and commercials, toy designer, has been creating monsters and building fans for years in both Europe and the US.
Vintage Science Fiction, classic monsters and dark-romantic writers such as Lovecraft, Verne, Wells Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley filled his childhood mind and influenced him from the very beginning. Stan spent every minute drawing and experimenting with contrasting themes: strange creatures, alien biology, and Cthulhu’s children.
Very early on, (in 2006) he started “A monster a day” drawing exercise to develop his own creature world and Universe, which has become monumental in scale and documentation. Impassioned by old books, dictionaries, old engraved plates and paintings (discovered through his father passion) Manoukian is inspired to present his creatures within the manners and styling of old encyclopedias – indexing, classifying and properly documenting them for future generations. Similar in nature to a crypto zoologist… Stan is discovering his new universe, carefully representing them in their natural environment, complete with habitat, co-existing species, predators and how they interact with one another.
Well, it actually is, and so are the monsters. Not the White Walkers…but more lovable and cute ones from the glorious mind of Stan Manoukian. Alright, this is more appropriate…Winter Salon is coming! With most of us getting hit hard with dropping temperatures and pesky flakes of crystalline water that falls from clouds, it is a good time to look at amazing art. It doesn’t look like they are all into hibernating for the winter but rather have started coming out to enjoy it!
Stan has spun the harshness of winter and themes of snow and fur into his magical illustrations of creatures. The first image we get to see for the exhibit incorporates both of those elements. A diverse group of creatures aren’t hibernating for the winter, but are coming out to welcome it. Some still brushing off the blanket of white on top of their heads while others have started their season change of fur coats. I don’t think they will be inside all winter hiding, but they will be up to no good playing in the frozen forest!
One image just won’t do for this. The level of detail Stan has poured into this one piece is extraordinary. Here are several close-ups of the Snow Monsters to show you just how skilled and incredible this is.
For an even better look, come to The Winter Salon III running December 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, December 6th from 6 – 9 PM.
What 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…
Stan 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!
Monsters & Misfits III is still going strong until September 26th in Takayama, Japan, but all the artwork is currently online. A good portion of the show has sold, but there are still plenty of amazing pieces left by such talents as Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Stan Manoukian, Andrew Bell, Ragnar, and Dok A. We compiled a few of our favorites that are still available to purchase here, but know there are plenty more right here.
Before the show opens, we thought a final few glimpses or creatures from the night parade would be appropriate.
Leemace, by Stan Manoukian lives among moisturing wood in the forest and has a favored taste for squishie worms. If you see him during the parade, toss him some to eat on because he will be hungry.
The blue Strops by Andrew Bell are getting restless. I wouldn’t want to cross these guys. They are pretty emotional.
Doktor A has his Flagman ready to cheer on all the monsters and misfits of the parade as they go by, but what he doesn’t know is he is one of them too.
Monsters & Misfits III opens tomorrow night!!!!!!
One of the additions to this year to highly anticipated Monsters & Misfits III is Paris based Circus Posterus member Stan Manoukian. Stan brings rich back story and sci-fi elements to the exhibit with his amazing creations. For this, one of Stan’s pieces known as Freekfrak is making the journey to Japan’s waters.
Freekfrak is a highly regarded master of thieves and collectors. He is always trying to steal your little objects or just move them around so it gets you mad. The thing is, Freekfrak is so good you’ll never get the chance to catch him in the act or even see him. Even with the development of Freekfrak, you can see him conniving the entire time on what he can get his tentacle-like appendages on.
Watch out guys because I fear what this guy might do when the lights go out when Monsters and Misfits III opens at the Kusakabe Folk Museum September 13th to 26th in Takayama, Japan.
New in the Circus Posterus web store are a monster load of new vinyl by Circus Posterus artist Stan Manoukian! Just arrived and freshly unboxed are two new colorways of Gork and three colorways of Kondo. We have color options for just about everyone!
Gork stomps in at 6″ of awesome (seen above), and comes in a white and a black variant for $65 here
The 8″ tall Kondo (above) comes in the “French” and “Red” colorway for $100 as well as a special Stranger Factory colorway seen below. All of your new Manoukian goodies can be found in the CP store!