bewitching III group art show at stranger factory.

i’m a little late on this post (what else is new?), but k and i wanted to share with everyone the exciting news that he has art hanging at the bewitching III group art exhibition, at the always fantastic stranger factory.  (if you are unfamiliar with stranger factory, it’s time you get acquainted very quickly.)

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“the skull” by karl deuble. mixed media, 8″ x 10″.  $250

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“the witch’s breath” by karl deuble. mixed media, 8″ x 10″.  $250

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“the bat dance” by karl deuble. mixed media, 10″ x 8″.  $250

stranger factory puts on an annual halloween show showcasing local, national, and internationally recognized visual artists and designers.  several months ago, k was invited to participate in this always intoxicating and delightful group show.  since the initial invitation, i have watched him wrack his brain for ideas, then sketch, draw, print, and paint his way to the five pieces he submitted to the show.  each piece is very halloween and very karl deuble.

"The Sorcere's Gaze" by Karl Deuble. Five color print on StoneHinge, 9" x 14". 1 of 10 prints. $80 framed, $40 unframed.

“the sorcere’s gaze” by karl deuble. five color print on stonehinge, 9″ x 14″. 1 of 10 prints. $80 framed, $40 unframed.

"The Fat Head" by Karl Deuble.  Three color print on StoneHinge, 11" x 11". 1 of 10 prints. $70 framed, $35 unframed.

“the fat head” by karl deuble. three color print on stonehinge, 11″ x 11″. 1 of 10 prints. $70 framed, $35 unframed.

the show reception/opening was  friday, october 11th, and it was such a fun night.  i can’t express enough how proud i was to see k’s art hanging up among many other artists we both admire and appreciate (kathie olivas, brandt peters, mike egan, allison sommers, chris ryniak, amanda spayd, etc. etc. etc.)

the show runs until october 31st, so please head on over to stranger factory at 109 carlisle blvd ne albuquerque, nm 87106, or you can view all of the artist’s works at  the exhibition page here.

-b

what we’re into wednesdays – cartoons!

sorry to give you nightmares, but this is "candy wife" from the marvelous misadventures of flapjack.

sorry to give you nightmares, but this is “candy wife” from the marvelous misadventures of flapjack.

looking at a lot of the bobbi marbles’ character designs, it should come as no surprise the k and i like cartoons.  there are countless saturday morning cartoons we watched when we were growing up, but this post is about the current cartoons we like now.  we are both in our late twenties, so i should probably be more than a little embarrassed to admit how many cartoons k and i tend to watch.  alas, i am not embarrassed.  i am proud of our vast cartoon dork-dom.

just to give a peek into the types of cartoons we watch, i can tell you that we dvr all new episodes of adventure time, bob’s burgers, the simpsons, and futurama, and we own the marvelous misadventures adventures of flapjack on dvd.  we speak and joke in quotes from our favorite cartoons all the time, and in fact a few years ago, i dressed up as leela from futurama for halloween.

yet, these are just a few of the cartoons we watch regularly; i wanted to share the ones i feel give an overall tone to what kind of humor and animation k and i gravitate towards.  in my opinion, all of the previously named cartoons tend to be a little twisted, a little dark, and always weirdly funny.  if at one point or another while watching a cartoon i don’t say, “what the hell?!” and laugh out loud, then it’s probably not something i watch on a regular basis.

one reason i wanted to write about how k and i are into cartoons is because k is often told that the characters he draws, paints and prints remind people of one of the aforementioned cartoons.  “do you watch invader zim?” and “have you seen that show adventure time?” are almost always asked when we do craft fairs.  the truth is, k’s cartoon characters have evolved over time, but they’ve always retained a warped air about them.  in the past i have affectionately referred to his art as “ugly art”, only because it is unusual and not exactly what one would call “pretty”.  his characters (and consequently the bobbi marbles designs) are not exactly cute and cuddly, but that’s what i love about them.

the belcher’s from bob’s burgers and the simpsons are far from perfect american families; fry from futurama is dimwitted and his best friend is a drinking, cursing robot; adventure time is set in a dystopian future; peppermint larry in flapjack has a candy wife that is borderline terrifying. i think it’s safe to say that k and i are drawn to the strange when it comes to cartoons.  and without getting too deep or cheesy, we’re into these cartoons because while they’re a little bit odd, they also have a pretty good sense of humor.  just like k’s art, just like bobbi marbles, and just like us.

-b

 

what we’re into wednesdays.

as noted in this entry, i wanted to start sharing some posts that highlight the various artists, musicians, movies, etc. that k and i enjoy. i just think it would be a good way to share some of the things that inspire us, while at the same time showcasing amazing people that really deserve the attention. for now, i’m going to call these posts “what we’re into wednesdays” as i plan to post them on wednesdays (get it?), but i reserve the right to call them something different if i can think of something cooler.

today what we’re into is travis bruce black and his art. it’s fitting that i talk about him today because this saturday, may 25th, he has an art show opening at the bright rain gallery in old town albuquerque. travis is a buddy of ours, and an incredibly talented artist.

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“chirp 96 desert bird of paradise”
travis bruce black is well known for his beautuful “chirp” series.

k met travis while taking a lithography class at unm years ago. k and i are lucky enough to own several of travis’ pieces, including paintings and prints. as a christmas gift a few years ago, k commissioned travis to paint two large portraits of me and my late mom, and they remain some of my most treasured possessions. in fact, k loves his style of painting and drawing so much, he has asked travis to design a tattoo for him! (we’ll be sure to share pictures once it’s finished.)

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“sleepy knight” – a new work by travis bruce black.
please excuse my terrible photography skills, they do not do this painting justice.

"anticipate" - a new work by travis bruce black.

“anticipate” – a new work by travis bruce black.

travis’ art is vibrant, whimsical, and beautiful. he also happens to to be one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

please do yourself a favor and go learn more about travis bruce black by checking out his website.

-b

one year later.

this time of year brings about chilly weather, twinkling lights, plus the scent of warm sugar and cinnamon wafting through the air.  while fall is our favorite, winter and the holiday season is a close second.

this time of year also brings about a milestone for us at bobbi marbles.  last week we participated in the 49th annual asunm craft fair, which means it has been one year since we started selling our shirts and prints publicly at the 48th fair.  it feels good to hit this milestone, and passing the one year mark also seems to invigorate us.  we’ve had so many ideas this year, and only completed a fraction of them.  so, in this next year, we want to accomplish twice as much as we did in the first.  that means more of a variety of product, more craft fairs, more of an internet presence, and all in all just more productivity.

k and i have been best friends since high school, and in february we will have been officially together for a decade.  that’s more than a third of our lives spent with each other.  in all that time, k has been making art and music, while i have been organizing and keeping track of all the “official” and boring stuff.  we work well together.  in this next year we want to work even harder at getting this little ol’ printing business off the ground.

happy holidays!

-b

teenage b + k, new years eve 2002.

teenage b + k, new years eve 2002.

the shop is rad.

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nikki zabicki’s shop is finally here!  we are happy to share that we have t-shirts, prints, postcards, and even some of k’s paintings hanging in the shop.  it is located at 915 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM  87102.

the shop has officially been open for a week, and it is full of amazing locally handmade products.  you may know nikki zabicki from her dope-ass belt buckles and paintings.  the shop is one of a kind, just like nikki, and it’s great!  you can check out nikki’s facebook page for any upcoming news on the shop.

-k + b