Jul 1, 2015

Mourning Apparitions

Stranger Factory is excited to announce our July exhibit, Mourning Apparitions. With new works from Kathie Olivas, Lana Crooks, and Michele Lynch, the exhibition will embody ghostly projections through expressions of longing, loss, and grief as well as the playful nature of the spirits that stay behind

The opening reception is Friday, July 3rd from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Kathie Olivas and Lana crooks will be in attendance. The Mourning Apparitions exhibition will be on display until August 2nd.

Stranger Factory is located at 3411 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505-508-3049). There is a sign up for the preview list at www.strangerfactory.com

Apparition: The Haunted
Photo by Zoë Bare
Chicago-based, Lana Crooks, is best known for her soft specimen-style sculpture. For Crooks, Mourning Apparitions is an opportunity to honor the realm of ghostly apparitions which pair well with her iconic, vintage style. For the exhibition Lana has created 22 one-of-a-kind textile sculptures, elegantly displayed in shadow boxes, miniature museum cases, and bell jars. 

The Lovers
Photo by Zoë Bare

May 18, 2015

Last chance to get some GUTS!

This week is your last chance to pick up pieces from Guts at Light Grey Art Labs! I had the honor of joining the show as the featured artist and created a wall of faux specimens, complete with vinyl wallpaper. It was a fantastic opening and I had so much fun visiting. I also stuck around after the exhibit to participate in the Gallery's weekly podcast! If you want to here me chat it up for an hour follow this link: Podcast: Talking with Lana Crooks

Half of my work sold at the opening but (until the 22nd) remaining pieces can be found here: http://shop.lightgreyartlab.com

If you would like to see images of the opening and my installation, Light Grey has a lot up on their Flickr!

Apr 17, 2015

Guts! at Light Grey Art Lab

This Friday, April 17th, join Lana Crooks at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis! She is here to chat about skeletons, exhibit a number of wool specimens and eat some insane doughnuts!

Guts features new work by 60+ artists from around the world. Artists have made a variety of fiber sculptures, hand-sewn details, intricate illustrations, and paintings that share the truths, uncovered mysteries, and fabricated stories behind some of life's greatest questions!

This week, we have been working with guest artist, Lana Crooks, to install her 15ft wall installation filled with tiny treasures, hand felted skulls, and sculptured curiosities! You can see some of Lana's progress and sneak peek's on the blog here: http://blog.lightgreyartlab.com

Mar 3, 2015

Zealot's Elixir and When Hell Freezes Over

I almost can't believe it is March already. In February I participated in two exhibits (one on either coast) but with the beginning of March brings the closing of these shows. If you have been meaning to make it out to either, step to it, they close VERY soon. They are both available to view online as well!

The Zealot's Elixir -  Modern Eden Gallery, CA - Curated by Doubleparlour 

I love doing sculpture exhibits! There are always such amazing artists involved and this show was a blast! For this exhibit I created my most detailed and largest skeleton to date: Snake oil

This Snake is a 21" long skeleton made up of 450 individual and delicate pieces of wool, coiled around an antique druggist bottle surrounded by sculpted ballast and a handwritten perscription from 1896. 

For more information about the exhibit, to read an interview with the curators and to see images from the opening visit: http://www.moderneden.com/pages/zealots-elixir

When Hell Freezes Over II - myplasticheart - NY - curated by Lou Pimentel

I dont often get to participate in a lot of custom shows, so of course I couldnt say no to Lou. All the artists were asked to give new life to Lou's Junior vinyl… I gave it a new skeleton: Little Devil

Check out the exhibit here: myplasticheart.com

Jan 16, 2015

In the shop!

This just in: New pieces just posted to the shop! Everything ships out Monday.

Finch under Glass: 5 pieces available at this time

Sylvan by Lana Crooks and Gary Ham
The very last 5 in this run of 10

Jan 10, 2015

New Releases!

The Sylvans are coming! Spotted in the Winter Wild, 5 brand new tricksters. They are looking to come in from the cold and find their forever-homes. 

Only 10 exist, 5 have been adopted from 2014's SDCC. Another piece from the Ham and Crooks collection, Sylvan is the brain child of Gary Ham and has been hand-made by Lana Crooks.  Approximately 20" tall by 14"wide, each critter is hand assembled out of fleece and wool. A signed and numbered etched wood tag accompanies each piece. 

Adoptions begin Friday, January 16th at 12 noon CST and begin travel to their new homes on Monday. 

I will also be releasing a few more Finch Under Glass pieces in the same shop at the same time! With 2 more brand new releases in the next couple months. 

Currently available works:

Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia may still have a few pieces from Wilderness. Check out their selction of Oddities here: http://www.augusteclown.com/oddities.html

And for other specimens check out Circus Posterus, Rotofugi (available in store or over phone/email), or Arch Enemy Arts

Dec 17, 2014

Available Works: Holiday 2014

The Holidays are upon us yet again! There are a number of gallery shows and a number of small businesses offering affordable art from your favorite artists this season. Here are a few places that may have some original works of mine and an all around great selection:

Clutter Gallery

Porcelain - Part of the Tooth for a Tooth project coming in 2015

Gift Wrapped 2 just opened at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY. Most of my pieces have sold out but check out all the pieces in the exhibit here: https://shop.cluttermagazine.com/gallery/518


Clutter also has the very last plush Greasebat available in their shop! Only 5 were produced, in collaboration with Jeff Lamm for NYCC and are now up for sale at the link above.

Stranger Factory www.strangerfactory.com

Bone China #1-3 are some new works incorporating embroidery into the wool specimen.
All pieces in this series are unique.

 For this exhibit I also submitted a moth called "flurry" and a new rabbit specimen! Check out the show and available works from a number of artists: http://www.circusposterus.com/originals 

Corvus from Bewitching

Rotofugi http://www.rotofugi.com/home/

New Stock available in-store! For availability contact rotofugi@rotofugi.com or call 773-868-3308

My Shops
If purchasing from any of my shops please do so by 12/20/14 (This will be the last day I ship for the holidays). Shipping via Fedex ground takes between 1 and 4 business days depending on distance from Chicago, IL

A Little Heart: Only a handful remain!
Specimen pieces and collaborations are available through lanacrooks.storenvy.com

Archive works and plush pieces can be found on my Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/plushinator