Recap: SUBTERRANE @ Stranger Factory, 11.9

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Hot on the heels of the DesignerCon hustle, the CP crew packed up and hightailed it back to Albuquerque to prepare for SUBTERRANE at Stranger Factory — a group sculpture show featuring new works from emerging 3D artists Carisa Swenson, Yosiell Lorenzo, Shing Yin Khor, Valency Genis, Shea Brittain and Melita Curphy … the majority of whom also attended DCon! With almost all of the artists in attendance (we missed you, Melita!), the reception was a riot and a sugar-laden one at that, thanks to our friends at Rebel Donut.

SUBTERRANE is on display through Dec. 3rd and works can be viewed here. A full gallery of the evening’s tomfoolery awaits you after the break.

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More Previews of Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” Group Sculpture Exhibit

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Oh time for some hump day hi-jinx with a couple more teasers of the Subteranne group show! Here are a couple peeks at what Yosiell Lorenzo and Shea Brittain have coming down to ABQ. In just a couple days we will get to see the pieces in their proper full imagery, but for now we have an appetizer to keep us going. Yosiell and Shea are bringing lots to the show, and this is going to be epic!

Only a couple more days!

Subterrane opens Nov. 9th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. A number of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance!

Another Peek into Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” Group Sculpture Exhibit

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With DesignerCon wrapped up for another year, we’re now full-tilt into preparations for Subteranne, our group sculpture exhibit opening this Friday at Stranger Factory. We’ll be dropping daily sneak peeks in anticipation of the event and kicking things off today is an incredible plush Foo doll that Melita Curphy aka Miss Monster will have at the show.

Subterrane opens Nov. 9th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. A number of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance, and thus making it even more awesome.

Another Peek into Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” Group Sculpture Exhibit

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This time we bring you a peek into a piece by lovely Carisa Swenson (Goblinfruit Studios) for the  “Subteranne” group sculpture exhibit at Stranger Factory! We get a glimpse at her captivating doll known as “Lilah“. This dark Lagomorpha has her veil ready for the opening next week,and we can’t wait.

Subterrane opens Nov. 9th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. A number of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance!

A Sneak Peek into Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” Group Sculpture Exhibit

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It is almost time for the “Subteranne” group sculpture exhibit at Stranger Factory! Actually we are about one week away from a deluge of amazing sculpts by six extraordinary artists.

I think we should give you a taste or two of the jaw dropping works that will be for all our wonderment in Albuquerque. Above is a playful image of a couple creatures by Shing Yin Khor (Sawdust Bear) and Valency Genis getting to know each other before their final homes are mounted.

It looks as if one of Sawdust Bear’s fattybugs has migrated to New Mexico! 

Dressed to impress and in ruffles! Valency’s creation is ready to party next week!

Keep an eye out for more sneak previews from the show!

Subterrane opens Nov. 9th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. A number of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance!

Making Magic with Magic Sculpt: Sculpture Workshop @ Stranger Factory 11.11

In conjunction with Subterrane in November, Stranger Factory is proud to host Making Magic with Magic Sculpt, a sculpture workshop that will reveal all the ins and outs of working with epoxy clay. If you’re weary of firing up your oven or kiln, want an alternative to paper clay or are just plain curious about sculpting, then this is the workshop for you!

Instructed by the the gallery’s own Kathie Olivas and Valency Genis, the three-hour workshop will demonstrate how to make a basic sculpt with two-part epoxy clay, along with the interior aluminum armatures. Participants will be supplied with clay, armature, foil, gloves, base and sculpting tools. Additional clay will also be available for purchase.

The workshop will take place on the Sun., Nov. 11th from 2pm to 5pm. Price is $75. Space is limited!  To RSVP, contact the gallery at (505) 508-3049 or email

View the Vivacious World of Valency Genis

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Ah!, Valency Genis, a vital gear in the world of Circus Posterus and a hilarious minion that cracks everyone up (she will kill me for that I think). Well Valency besides both of those, is an amazing talent and her work is a pleasure to enrich any wall!

Valency has an aptitude for creating creatures that even Dr. Seuss never dreamed up, and she has a fondness for putting these creations in the form of a taxidermy wall mount. Now do not be alarmed because these lovely animals are not true taxidermy but the much preferred proper faux taxidermy. Honestly, where else will you see a wall mount with an animal resembling the extinct genus Hippotragus leucophaeus with guinea worms all over it? The animals run from fascinating antlered walrus creations to the not so mythical chupacabra, but these are fun creations that are just like her personality. With Valency, the gambit is endless on what she can do with her art, and I can’t wait to see what awesomeness she is contributing to Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” group sculpture exhibit coming Nov. 9.

To see more of her amazing work, visit her site here.


The Stunning Skills of Yosiell Lorenzo

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If one of your usual haunts is the Circus Posterus world, then you have seen the name or work here and there of Yosiell LorenzoActually, if you look closely, you will see some of Yosiell’s work in collection shots of CP board members, but for those that haven’t been exposed to his world, I am here to help.

Yosiell, pronounced “Joe-See-Ell”, is a Puerto Rican artist raised in Connecticut. Best known for his amazing sculpture series known as “Sicklings”, one could easily see the skills this man posses. The sicklings are a nice 3D representation of Frustration, loneliness, despair, and so on. Their downtrodden slouch and sullen eyes easily can represent us all on our must harsh days. It doesn’t stop there, Yosiell also knows his way around  paintings, ink, graphite, and more. Recently, his line of prints have been a hot commodity and becoming instant classics.

We can’t wait to see what Yosiell has in store when he brings some of  his new creations to  Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” group sculpture exhibit coming Nov. 9.


Take a Look into Carisa Swenson’s Goblinfruit Studio

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Goblinfruit Studio is a place where curious creatures and aberrant animals are born, but it is also the home of Carisa Swenson. It is a pleasure to do a post on Carisa. In the many months she and I have been corresponding on social media outlets, she has been abundantly sweet and completely effervescent on doll making.

Carisa is based out of New York city, but you may have seen her in several shows around the country, numerous publications, at the recent Spectrum Fantastic Art live, or even displayed in the Kidrobot NY store. If it isn’t obvious, Carisa is well schooled in doll making having studied under the tutelage of renowned doll maker Wendy Froud. Her creations tend to weave a wonderful back story that are only seen when gazed upon closely. Look into the despondent eyes of “Marcel” as he holds an image of a past love, or the determination in the facial features of the fox in “Kitsune Magic” The character in these creations are a sight to be seen, and the primed execution Carisa outs forth is exceptional.

For more on Carisa and Goblinfruit, visit the site here, and we are proud to have her in Stranger Factory’s “Subterrane” group sculpture exhibit coming Nov. 9.

To see many more pieces by Goblinfruit Studio, click more!

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