Stranger Factory

Now Showing “Parables” by Erich Moffitt & “Re-animator: Stranger Factory 10th Anniversary” Exhibitions

NOW SHOWING

“Parables” by Erich Moffitt
&
“Re-animator: Stranger Factory 10th Anniversary” Exhibitions

Erich Moffitt These paintings grew out of a year of relearning what mattered to me in the work I do and in how I live my life. Looking beyond art as an escape from hardship led me back to what I had originally wanted to say with pictures: the earnest pursuit of connection with others in a statement of meaningful care. 

 Animal people journey through the wilderness, alone and together, towards a common end. They carry their burdens, through suffering and persistence. Unlike the animals of fables, their agency is relatable to us. Unlike other people, whom we so often define ourselves in contrast towards, these characters can be anyone. Their communion describes the survival instincts of human nature that transcend destructive appetites: recognizing ourselves in others, and belonging.

Erich J. Moffitt began his life as an artist during his childhood, while living as an expatriate in rural Austria. At an early age, the stories of folklore, myth, and fable, as depicted in academic and symbolist painting and the Golden Age of Illustration, introduced him to a wealth of multicultural influences and firmly established art as a means of broadening horizons. In his paintings, he fuses the rich aesthetic tapestry of the past with contemporary humanist philosophy, in narratives played out by totemic character archetypes and their world of talismanic objects.

Trained as an illustrator and exhibiting artist, his work has been shown in galleries across the United States, Europe, and Australia. In addition to art, Erich has also pursued a simultaneous career in custom jewelry design, putting his skills in the service of capturing his clients’ unique visions to celebrate their milestones in life. He currently lives and works near Seattle, WA, and shares a home with his spouse in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

RE-ANIMATOR: Stranger Factory 10th Anniversary A little over 10 years ago our first official exhibition as Stranger Factory, Modern Vintage Narrative, explored the optimism of rebuilding a new world post great recession; 10 years later our futures are still uncertain. We asked artists to explore the past ten years and reflect on the pop culture zeitgeist. As visionary artists, we encouraged them to give us a new narrative. Our current 10 year anniversary exhibition “Re-animator” features the work of a cross section of contemporary narrative as they begin to explore what’s next.

See all the work online HERE

***We will be shipping both of these exhibitions at the end of June. Please contact the gallery if you need your shipment sooner.
 
Please contact us directly by email at strangerfactorysales@gmail.com if you would like to discuss a payment plan. Thank you!

 

A look into Mizna Wada’s process

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A look into the process of Mizna Wada’s work. 🥰
aiue of HORROR” by Mizna Wada (Solo Exhibition)
Opening online THIS Friday, March 26th at 12:00 p.m. PST. Now open at our new location in Algodones, NM, Weekends 11-4, additional hours by appointment.
Stay connected by signing up for the preview at www.strangerfactory.com 
 

In person viewings for “New Works 2021” by Phil Noto // “Phantasmenagerie” by Brandt Peters

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Greetings from Stranger Factory!
We’re proud to present two new exhibitions in our new gallery space in Algodones, NM. 
 
We will begin in person appointments starting next weekend, March 20& 21, please contact the gallery in you would like to make an appointment at strangerfactorysales@gmail.com
Starting March 27, we will be scheduling regular gallery hours Saturday and Sunday, 10-5pm.
*We require masks and social distancing and ask to limit families/ groups to 4.
 
 
Brandt Peters- Phantsmenagerie
 
Pop Surrealist painter and contemporary toy maker, Brandt Peters, presents a collection of new multi-media works born of a year of isolation, reflection, and wonder. Dozens of odd characters inspired by the parallel storylines of depression era animated characters combined with the growing  anxiety of an uncertain future in an uncertain world. He combines vintage found objects with timeless avatars into hand made “toys” and assemblages that tell stories of resilience and optimism. 
Brandt Peters emerged from the entertainment industry into an internationally recognized and accomplished fine artist, designer, and producer. Often known for his award winning toy designs, Peters is also a mixed media painter and story-teller who centers his work on character design and visual development. His work hearkens back to the earliest days of comics and animation, with a seeming simplicity that hides layers of intricate back story rooted in humor and a strong, empowering narrative voice. He is one of original founders of Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory gallery and pre-pandemic, worked as an Art Director for Meow Wolf.

Phil Noto- Phil Noto New works 2021

Contemporary narrative artist, Phil Noto, presents new acrylic paintings of his favorite subject matter, the female muse. Strong, confident  faces encouraging the viewer to enjoy life’s pleasures in bold, striking colors and minimalist text that serve as mysterious mantras and secrets soon to be revealed.

Phil Noto is an Eisner nominated American painter, comic book/ concept artist who is known for his work on such titles as Black WidowJonah HexUncanny X-Force,and most recently Star Wars (Chewbacca and Shattered Empire). After a 10 year career at Disney Feature Animation, he started to work full-time as an artist for Marvel, DC, Image Comics and Dark Horse, and as well, time in gaming working on such blockbuster hits such as Bioshock. Phil Noto has been a prominent featured artist at Stranger Factory since its opening in 2011.

Now Showing! Invisible Monsters by Mike Egan

Stranger Factory is pleased to announce:

Invisible Monsters, a new solo exhibition by contemporary painter, Mike Egan.
Available NOW for online purchase!

Mike Egan is known for works that explore life and death and the thin veil between the two, expressed in bold lines and color. His new body of work, produced while under self-quarantine, is an exquisite survey and summary of the human condition during these Pandemic Times.
Egan received a degree in Fine Art from Edinboro University and his work is influenced by his educational emphasis on block printing, early appreciation of traditional and prison-style tattoo design, and later experience as a funeral director.
Invisible Monsters and Midnight: Summer Encore are currently on display and available for individual or small group viewings, by appointment only.

You can view  and purchase the entire show online here.

Midnight with David Santiago this March at Stranger Factory

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March 2020 at Stranger Factory

Midnight with David Santiago
Opening Reception (artist will be in attendance):
Friday, March 6th from 6-8 PM

Solo Exhibition on display March 6 – 29th, 2020
David Santiago is a local figurative artist, known for his large scale work consisting of beautifully layered abstract portraits that contrast graphic lines with boldly structured shapes against soft feminine skin tones, often echoed in wood grains.

March will bring MIdnight, David Santiago’s third solo show at Stranger Factory.

For the artist, this show is a way to revisit the high contrast, black and white style that David first fell in love with when experimenting with charcoal.

His latest pieces, debuting March 6th, force one to get up close and personal with each figure. These dark pieces present an intimate opportunity to seek out the details in someone’s face, as if at night, by the shimmer of moonlight..

We are expecting approximately 15-20 original pieces for Midnight.

Nico Salazar, Sugar Fueled, and New Best Friends II this Feb at Stranger Factory Gallery

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Three news shows this FEBRUARY at Stranger Factory

Nico Salazar: Chicas – solo exhibition

Sugar Fueled: Apurritions – solo exhibition

New Best Friends II – group exhibition

Opening Reception (some artists will be in attendance):
Friday, February 7th from 6-8 PM

Exhibitions on display February 7th – March 1st, 2020

Nico Salazar: Chicas

Nico Salazar of Future Fantasy Delight is an illustrator, muralist, and designer from Santa Fe, NM known for his blend of cute & dangerous imagery, influenced by comics, graffiti art, manga, street culture, and 90s nostalgia. Nico received his BFA in Painting from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2014

With Chicas we can expect new works from Nico, including screenprints and original paintings showcasing the strength, power, and beauty of the feminine and femme!

Sugar Fueled: Apurritions

The Sugar Fueled world created by Michael Banks is known for big, bright-eyed animals and Stranger Factory is stoked to present his new body of work.

Michael, along with his wife and manager Sarah Banks, run Sugar Fueled clothing based on his character design and his trademark broken star that represents perseverance, set with the goal of making the world a sweeter and happier place.

“Apurritions” will feature 13 original paintings of ghost kittens engaging in spirit communication, reminiscent of old séance invitations, as well as custom spirit boards, planchettes, and pendulums!

New Best Friends II – Group Show

Local artist, screen printer, and musician Karl Deuble did it again and Stranger Factory is proud to present his second curated group show NEW BEST FRIENDS II!

Karl grew up in Belen, NM before moving to Albuquerque to pursue his BFA from the University of New Mexico, which he received in 2006. Inspired by street art, cartoons, music, and cats, Karl uses screen printing, spray paint, acrylic and ink to create his style of characters.

With NEW BEST FRIENDS II, Karl introduces Stranger Factory fans to artists who inspire his work and his vision and make the world a brighter place. This show is sure to be fun-packed and full of colorful character design and juicy illustration!

This year’s participating artists include: Debbies Grahl, Deth P. Sun, Ego, John Van Horn, Karl Deuble, Matt Sinclair, Nekoes, Steve Ehret, and Tripper Dungan

***ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS
ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***

Made in New Mexico IV this January at Stranger Factory gallery

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Made in NM IV
Annual Group Exhibition
January 10th – February 2nd
Opening reception: Second Friday January 10th 6-8pm

Stranger Factory is kicking off 2020 with Made in NM IV,
our fourth annual group show, featuring local artists from
throughout the Land of Enchantment!

Many of the artists are expected to attend the opening reception
and we do hope you will join us. Look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s participating artists include: Brandt Peters, David Santiago, Jodie Herrera, Joel Nakamura, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Kathie Olivas, Karl Deuble, Mario Romero, Max Lehman, Nico Salazar, Rene Palomares, Ryan Singer, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephen Webb, Stephanie Eichelberger, valeri blossom, and more!


This October at Stranger Factory: TO DIE FOR with Creeptoons and Fika Art & BEWITCHING IX

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This October at Stranger Factory gallery
TO DIE FOR – A two-person show with Creeptoons and Fika Art
BEWITCHING IX – Our Annual Halloween Group Show
will run from

October 4th – October 27th, 2019
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, October 4th from 6-8 PM

To Die For features a new series of mixed media work from Fika Art and Creeptoons. Together, they explore the concepts of relationships, romance, and rejection…from love, loss and everything in between.
Creeptoons is the creature brand by Florida based artist Matt Duncan. His 2d illustrative works begin as automatic drawings which develop as big strokes of drippy landscape and ink blotches that transform into dark and mischievous characters hoping to add chaos and misfortune to his apocalyptic landscapes.
Fika Art is a the illustrated brand of artist Stefani Rabideaux. Her 2d works combine elements of darkness and isolation with vivid contrasting tones that are nostalgic of vintage illustration. Her delicate female characters evoke hope and optimism in dark times.
Bewitching is our annual Halloween group show featuring an eclectic group of artists creating their own personal versions of iconic Halloween-related imagery in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Halloween is an incredibly special holiday for Circus Posterus and Stranger Factory, and October is our favorite time of year. We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of all things dark and spooky!

This years participating artists include: Ally Burke, Andy Sciazko, Anna Tillett, Brandt Peters, Calan Ree, Cassia Harries, Christin Apodaca, Chris Haas, Genevieve Geer, Gretchen Lewis, Ivonne Carley, Jen Musatto, Karl Deuble, Kathie Olivas, Kelly Denato, Mary Syring, Michelle Lynch, Mizna Wada, Nana Williams, Nora Thompson, Pantovola, Pretty.Weird, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stephanie Inagaki, Tanya Marriott, Uncanny Creatures, Weston Brownlee, Yetis and Friends and more!

*ALL STRANGER FACTORY EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Leslie Levings,Shing Yin Khor, and Patt Kelley return to Stranger Factory this September!

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THE SAVAGE – Leslie Levings
A MEMORY OF BEASTS – Shing Yin Khor
SOULMATES – Patt Kelley will run from
September 6th – September 29th, 2019

Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, September 6th from 6-8 PM

Book signing and An Afternoon of Creative Conversations Saturday, September 7th 1-4 pm


Stranger Factory is proud to present The Savage, a new feature show by Leslie Levings!

The Savage is new collection of myths, in which our avatars confront the inadequacies of the world, the relentlessness of destruction, and the hopeful beauty of what comes after. These are Just So Stories for the end of the world, or maybe for the end of a world that never existed to begin with.

Stranger Factory is happy to present Shing Yin Khor in her new feature show at our gallery, A Memory of Beasts!

A Memory of Beasts is a show about the objects we hoard in order to remember our lives. It’s about the keys we keep adding to our key rings, the small rock with a hole in it that we fidget with in our pockets, the shells, the worms, sticks and bones we pick up on our hikes. It’s about grounding, collecting, and keeping.

This body of work also features new critters that are signature to Shing Yin Khor’s work and stories, as well a meet and greet with the artist the following day!

Stranger Factory is happy to present Patt Kelley in his latest feature show at our gallery, Soulmates!

Some people believe that everyone has a soulmate. Another person so suited to you that they must have been delivered by fate or divine intervention. In this show, each piece has a soulmate. A perfect counterpoint. The subject of each work is the destined partner of another subject within the exhibit. Some pieces may go to a home with their soulmate piece, but Kelley likes to think that even if separated, perhaps the pieces will be rejoined at some point in the future.

All shows run fromSeptember 6th – September 29th, 2019
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, September 6th from 6-8 PM

Join us for the release and signing of Shing Yin Khor’s new book, The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 as well as
An Afternoon Of Creative Conversations
Saturday, September 7th 1-4PM
Conversations and snacks curated by Shing Yin Khor

1-2pm
Queer Comics and Southwest History
A conversation with Melanie Gilman
(with book signings to follow)

2-3pm
Building Creative Careers
A round table conversation with Ryan Singer, Melanie Gilman, and friends, moderated by Shing Yin Khor.

3-4pm
Divinations for a Creative Path
with Leslie Levings and The Oracle Bird

“If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that is best
Get your kicks on Route 66.”—Bobby Troup

Route 66 covers a total of almost 2,500 miles, famously winding from Chicago to LA. Established in 1926, it’s been called the Main Street of America, was dedicated to Will Rogers and is an essential part of Americana. Even those who’ve never traveled its roads know it from pop music, the 1960’s TV show Route 66, the Cars franchise, and John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.

As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people, sunlight, and freeways. The second looked much more like The Grapes of Wrath—a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Khor ever since and help explain their fascination with Route 66. In the spring of 2016, 10 years after moving to LA and 4 years after becoming an American citizen, Khor embarked on a road trip along Highway 66 in a 2010 Honda Fit, accompanied only by their trusty road-trip adventure dog Bug.

On sale from Zest Books on August 6, 2019, Khor’s graphic memoir The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito allows readers to ride shotgun for a deeply personal and playful pilgrimage of roadside attractions, abandoned towns, diners, and motels. Like the very best road trips, the book relishes in unusual sites and roadside kitsch, with detours providing arcane trivia and profound observations alike. We visit Oatman, AZ, a former gold-mining town where several Hollywood films were shot. We stop at Two Guns, AZ, the abandoned site of the former tourist trap known as The Apache Death Cave. We take in plenty of iconic landmarks, from Holbrook, AZ’s dinosaur statues to Oklahoma’s Blue Whale of Catoosa.

The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito is already receiving accolades:

Khor takes that ‘feeling of desperately searching for something better, for a new start,’ and adapts it to their own ‘pilgrimage’ as immigrant and artist traveling historic Route 66…in whimsical full-color detail.—Booklist (Starred Review)

Breathtaking.—School Library Journal

Offers important perspectives on being an immigrant and American identity.—Kirkus Reviews

Shing Yin Khor’s trip preceded the 2016 Presidential Election by a few months. And as Khor writes, “This comic feels like a record of a time when a brown girl could drive America fearlessly.” It is both the document of one cartoonist’s trip on the open road and a portrait of a constantly evolving America. Khor’s journey echoes the Joad family’s desperate pursuit of a better life out West, and the book takes stock of both the myth and the reality of the American Dream. We invite you to join us on the ride.

Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist. Their work has been published in The Toast, The Nib, Upworthy, Huffington Post, and Bitch Magazine. They make the road trip adventure comic Tiny Adventure Journal, and the tender queer science fiction comic Center for Otherworld Science. They are also the author of The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito published by Zest Books. They live in Los Angeles.

 

August at Stranger Factory: Dan Barry, Jon MacNair, and René Palomares

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This August at Stranger Factory:
CAPTIVE ILLUSIONS – Dan Barry and Jon MacNair
HANDPICKED FROM BAD APPLES AND BAD EGGS – René Palomares

August 2nd – September 1st, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2nd from 6-8 PM

Stranger Factory is proud to present CAPTIVE ILLUSIONS, a two-person show by artists, Dan Barry and Jon MacNair!

Captive Illusions features the collected image works of Dan Barry and the illustrative works of Jon MacNair. Together, the duo create a show that sends the viewer into surreal and playful worlds with characters that come to life in warm color schemes.

Dan Barry graduated from Lawrence University in 1994, where he primarily studied cultural anthropology and fine art. His most recent mixed media artworks explore themes that are simultaneously intensely personal and universal -mortality, loss, connection, family and patriotism.

Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. The body of work he has created for this show is a deviation from his usual monochromatic ink on paper works. Employing color, to assemble an exhibition entirely comprised of paintings on wood panel, he focused less on narratives and more on straight-forward character driven works. Feeling illuminated in the new process, MacNair has taken a fresh view on the characters he has drawn many times before in monochromatic tones, enlivened and transformed with a fresh color palette.

Stranger Factory is happy to present René Palomares in his first feature show at our gallery, HANDPICKED FROM BAD APPLES AND BAD EGGS.

Hand Picked From Bad Apples and Bad Eggs is a body of work that serves as a timeline from past to present. The works honor people and events that have been factors that has shaped Palomares’ life until now. Those people and events are represented in luchador versions that mostly consist of Palomares’ signature characters, The Eeep!, The Ghost, and Hollowmen. The idea of the luchador in his work serves as a beacon for strength, hope, and Mexican culture; But also, secrecy, disguise, and fear.

René Palomares was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and grew up in the towns of Mesquite, Anthony, and La Mesa. He currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has had the privilege to be able to explore his art while teaching both middle and high school. Drawing has always been comfortable medium for Palomares and as an undergrad in college, he began exploring paint. It challenged his color-blindness (which he prefers to think of more as ¨color-confusion¨). It was then that he fell in love with paint and all its forms. He has continued to explore the possibilities of paint in the style of work he currently creates.