Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stranger Factory

Howdy everyone! It would seem that I have taken a longer break than I had intended... I hope you are all having a great summer, in spite of the horrendous heat!

During my break, I travelled to New Mexico for a week to visit the parentals, and while I was there, I made sure to stop by Stranger Factory, in Albuquerque, which just opened 3 June 2011. What a place- I squealed when I walked in and saw the selection of vinyl toys and art! This is for sure the only place of its kind in NM and even in the Southwest! Stranger Factory is owned by artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, of Circus Posterus.

I had missed the opening of Kathie's solo show, "Sweet & Sorrow", but her work was still on exhibit and it was thrilling to view her pieces in person. Most of them were sold, which was extremely exciting, especially for the future of this awesome gallery/shop. In addition to the gallery space, the shop houses a huge variety of designer vinyl toys and plush, including several Super 7 figures, as well as Dunnys, Uglydolls, Scavengers, and other limited edition pieces from the Circus Posterus artists. I was beyond excited to take home a mini-Skelve and Leroy C, as well as some other goodies. The gallery has shows already booked through 2012- I'm hoping to attend many of these on my future trips to NM as well, in addition to scooping up whatever awesome new critters they will have available...

Many thanks to Justin for being so kind and letting me take these photos- this is just a sampling of the collection of work on exhibit. If you are in the area, make sure you stop by!

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Kathie Olivas, "Sweet & Sorrow"

Lollipop Girl
Oil Study on Panel

Black Masao
Acrylic and Oil on Fiberglass

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

Encrusted Elizabeth
Mixed Media on Fiberglass

Purple Greeter
Acrylic on Cast Resin

White Bear Kuma Skelve
Acrylic and Oil on Cast Resin

Golden Bear Kuma Skelve
Acrylic and Oil on Cast Resin

Purple Masao Skelve Cat (4-Legged)
Acrylic on Cast Resin

Purple Bird w/Bowler Hat
Acrylic on Cast Resin

Pink Masao
Acrylic on Cast Resin

Crusty Mega Skelve
Mixed Media on Cast Resin

Squid Armed Girl Study
Graphite and Acrylic on Wood

Bear Boy Study
Graphite and Acrylic on Wood

Lizzie Series: Memento
Mixed Media on Fiberglass

Orange Bird
Acrylic on Cast Resin

Other pieces at A Stranger Factory:

Snackcake Head
Colin Christian

Boo Skelve
Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters

Purple Bubblegut
Chris Ryniak

My critter purchases:

White Shadow Mini Skelve
Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters

Leroy C
Invisible Creations/Super 7

The guys!

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