We're working on a new website!!

Tara McPherson
Tue 12.19.17
Please pardon our empty appearance while we relocate the studio!! The online shop will reopen with a brand new website and new items sometime in early 2018!! Thanks and have a happy holiday!! 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our exciting news!

Cotton Candy Machine Pop Up Tour

Scout Opatut
Sun 03.06.16



Cotton Candy Machine on the Road
March 11th to March 29th, 2016

Tara McPherson and Cotton Candy Machine are taking a road trip! We'll be bringing limited edition art prints, gig posters, books and other goodies to sweeten up each city we visit. Tara will also be doing signing events at each stop!

We will be making 6 stops on our Pop-Up Tour:

March 11th: Spiritus Tattoo, Columbus, OH
March 12th: Fond Object, Nashville, TN
March 17th - 19th: Flatstock SXSW, Austin, TX
March 20th: Insomnia, Houston, TX - 4pm
March 23rd: Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans, LA
March 24th: Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA
March 27th: Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virgina Beach, VA
March 29th: Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE

Spiritus Tattoo

Friday March 11th at 8pm
3127 N High St, Columbus, OH

Fond Object
Saturday, March 12th at 5pm
Bands at 7pm
1313 McGavock Pike, Nasvhille, TN 615-499-4498

Flatstock SXSW

Thursday, March 17th, 2pm to 6pm
Friday, March 18th,  11am to 6pm
Saturday, March 19th,  11am to 6pm

Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4, Level 1 Austin, TX


Insomnia Video Game Cuture
Sunday, March 20th at 4pm

724 W 19th St. Houston, TX 77008 (281) 440-1405

Red Truck Gallery

Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm
The pop up shop will be open from Monday the 21st until Wednesday the 23rd, culminating with our singing event with Tara.
938 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 504-522-3630

Criminal Records

Thursday, March 24th at 7pm
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 404-215-9511

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Easter Sunday, March 27th
Easter Egg Hunt with Prizes at 1pm, Tara McPherson Signing at 2pm

2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 757-425-0000

Dogfish Head Brewery
Tuesday, March 29th at 3pm

511 Chestnut St., Milton, DE 19968.

Hope to see you all there!
Follow Tara and Sean on Instagram for updates.

Email info@thecottoncandymachine.com for more info!


Tara McPherson
Tue 01.26.16
I am so very excited to announce the Kickstarter project for the new game i have been working on!! It's finally here!

It all started with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on this game with an old friend of mine, Travis Chance, who upon his move back to Indy started a board game design company. Travis and his partner, Nick Little, approached me with a great idea about the Dreamwell, and how they designed it specifically for my art. I thought it was such a super fun idea, as I have always wanted to make a game! Now after all our hard work we finally get to share it with the world.

You can read a short overview about some of the details below or see the full details and lots of videos on the Kickstarter page!

Dreamwell is a 2-4 player competitive game featuring the art of Tara McPherson where players are trying to locate their lost friends in the Dreamwell. The Dreamwell is represented by a 4 x 4 grid of tiles. Each tile shows an environment and a creature, in addition to pathways to neighboring tiles. At the beginning of the game, players will be dealt two cards, each of which shows a picture of the friend whom he or she is trying to locate along with the two creatures and one environment that will be required to find that particular friend.

On your turn, you will be able to take three actions from the following list: move one of your Mr. Wiggles pawns, rotate a tile, draw a card, replace the card display, or locate one of your missing friends by playing a card. Only by carefully navigating the maze-like Dreamwell can you locate your friends and win the game.

I hope you enjoy it, and thank you!!
xo Tara

Buff Monster Signing

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 12.12.15

Buff Monster Stay Melty

Book Signing Book Release

December 12th from 7 to 8pm

Join us for the very first book signing for the brand new book from Buff Monster Stay Melty! 
An inveterate traveler, painter of walls and canvases alike, sculptor of deranged toys and a fan of the color pink, the enigmatic artist Buff Monster surprises and amuses in all mediums. In his latest monograph, Stay Melty, Buff collects his works in progress, paintings, murals, posters, stickers, Melty Misfits trading cards and toys. As it’s hard to keep up with this energetic artist’s output, fans will be grateful to find much of his recent work in one compact volume. Buff Monster grew up in Hawaii, lived and worked in Los Angeles and currently resides in New York City.

Buff Monster

Buff Monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. Buff Monster’s creative endeavors began by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and in far-away places. His frequent poster missions developed into a productive street art career, and he now works on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create his images as flat as possible, and his work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations. Buff Monster has released numerous signature vinyl toys through MINDstyle, and has many other projects in the works with leading toy companies. His art has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Paper, Nylon, Cool Hunting, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times, and many more. Buff Monster works tirelessly day and night to spread happiness, joy and a love of pink.

Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you are interested in ordering a book!
Book Signing Saturday December 12th 7 to 8pm
Buff's other book Life is Sweet
Buff's Website

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional Show

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 12.12.15

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional

2nd Biennial Group Show
December 11th to December 31st, 2015

We are thrilled to host the Second Biennial Submissional at The Cotton Candy Machine! For those of you that remember our first Brooklyn Submissional in 2013, this show is a bit different, showcasing many more artists with works filling the entire space! We are including pieces from over 100 artists, making it the biggest show we've ever done!
Sadly, this is Cotton Candy Machine’s final show in our space at 235 South 1st street, so if you have never been to a show here before, try and make it out to see it before its down and we're gone. While CCM will continue to exist online and will curate shows from time to time, we will no longer have this physical store-front.

Last night was the opening of the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional, the very last show in our current gallery space. 120 artists out of hundreds who submitted were accepted into the show juried by Tara McPherson herself, and the outcome was amazing. Every piece selected looks stunning, with a wide variety of different styles and aesthetics. There is something for everyone in the show. During the opening, pieces were selling like hot cakes, excellent for only the first night. Be sure to check out all of the pieces listed on our site before they're all sold! A complete image list of the works can be found here. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you are interested in any of these pieces!

The turnout for the show was phenomenal. A large amount of artists featured in the show, plus their friends and family, were in attendance. Some even flew in from all over the country, and the globe. One artist traveled all the way from Sweden just to see the show in person. Every inch of space in the gallery was consistently packed with people, and crowds of visitors lingered outside the storefront waiting for a chance to squeeze their way in. If you were at the show and unable to see some of the pieces because of the large crowd, I highly encourage you to stop by the gallery again when more walking space is available. We are open to the public every day of the week except Monday, from 12-8pm. Christmas eve will be the final day that the Biennial Submissional is on view, so be sure to stop by soon!

Artists featured in the show:

Aica, Scott Albrecht, Josephine Archer, Paula Avalos, Joanna Bavero, Charles Bennett, Laura Berger, Linnea Bergstrom, Thiago Bianchini, Emma Black, Jeff Blackburn, Tyson Bodnarchuk, Robert Bowen, Nici Brockwell, Lioba Brückner, Megan Buccere, Venetta Butcher, Marjolein Caljouw, Stefano Cerioli, Chaval, Gaius Cruz, Steven D’Arbenzio, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Nicky Davis, Gabi de la Merced, Ryan Denman, Christa Dippel, Randi Drozd, Dima Drjuchin, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Sabrina Elliott, Siames Escalante, Marla Fasano, Karolin Felix, FLuX, Graham Franciose, Colin Frangicetto, Lydia Fu, Kaila Gee, Seth Goodman, Kelley Hagemes, Van Holmgren, Sabah Ingvarsson, Rhodora Jacob, JCORP, Yasmin Jones, Alexis Kandra, Leegan Koo, Tara Krebs, MUMBOT, Grace Lang, Abigail Larson, Jennifer Hrabota Lesser, Gretchen Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Joshua Sterling Lewis, Eli Libson, Kathleen Lolley, Mari Lowery, Sirene Louveteau, Perri MacKenzie, Sean Mahan, Megan Majewski, Andrew Mamo, Adam Mazy, Caitlin McCormack, Kristal Melson, Scott Mills, T. Dylan Moore, Erin Earl Muehlenbach, Joanna Mulder, Hana Mulyati, Alisha Murray, Torreja with Narcossist, JP Neang, Lauren Neely, Loch Ness, Michael Newton, Jacob Oh, Daisuke Okamoto, Katie Paglialunga, HyeJeong Park, Bruce Parker, Richard Peterson, Arthur Plateau, Bruno Pontiroli, Ganesh Rao, Heather Renaux, David Reyes, Ryan Riedel, Nicole Rifkin, Paul Roberts, Joshua Roman, Rue Sakayama, Seth Scantlen, Marc Scheff, Dylan Garrett Smith, Melinda R. Smith, Mike Sobeck, Brian Sparrow, Stickymonger, Tammy Street, Joey Stupor, Rebecca Sutton, Eimi Takano, David Russell Talbott, Anna Tillett, Alicia Tippin, Tenderloin Television, Stefanie Vega, Tom Velez, Scott Walker, Daniel White, Graham Yarrington, Raúl Zeptiror, Jesse Zhang & Valentina Zummo

This is your last chance to purchase originals from us so definately get in touch with us at info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you see something you like!

Happy Printsgiving!

Grace Lang
Fri 11.27.15
Most people like to call today, the day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday." For us at CCM, it will forever be PRINTSGIVING! Once a year, we bring out all the out of edition prints we've got filed away, giving them another chance to find loving homes. If you are in the neighborhood, come visit us and check out some super sweet (and affordable!) prints from Tara and some of your other favorite artists! Printgiving is also an extra special time to come into the shop or order online, as every customer gets a free large lithograph! If you are ordering online, make sure to use promo code Printsgiving to receieve 15% off your entire order!

A Tiny Universe Created With Every Teardrop
by Tara McPherson
19" x 16"

We'd also like to take this opportunity to remind everybody that we've only got a few weeks left at 235 South 1st Street and we'd love to see all our friends before we go! We will be here until Christmas Eve, so that means we will be here to satisfy all your holiday gift needs. Our final opening will be on the evening of December 11th, so please join us in celebrating the amazing community of artists we've been lucky enough to know. From all of us, thank you so much to the collectors, fans and artists that have made the past four years such a blast. We will miss our space in Williamsburg, but are looking forward to the next chapter. Stay tuned for updates about the future of CCM. But for now... get your PRINTSGIVING on!

Junko Mizuno Triad Show

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 11.14.15
Junko Mizuno is a Japanse artist born in Tokyo. Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe. Junko's latest exhibition Triad is currently here in Brooklyn at The Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has shown with us in all five of the Tiny Trifecta shows, and with David M. Cook in March 2014. We're so excited to have her back!

Last night Junko Mizuno debuted her solo show, Triad. The show welcomed a huge crowd of her fans, from cosplayers, to collectors, to young kids. Triad illustrates three main characters created by Junko, the nurse, the wrestler, and the witch. The witch can be seen gobbling up meat while breast feeding her many children, the nurse is depicted performing abstract surgery, and the wrestler goes into battle against a whale. Each painting depicts a different part of Junko's fantastical story, that we're all hoping will lead to a new comic book by the great artist. Junk is very well known for her great story telling abilities through the art of comics seen in her great works such as, Pelu, Hansel and Gretel, Pure Trance, and Cinderella. The show was also covered by HiFructose Magazine! You can check out their coverage of the show here. Junko's show will be up until November 29th so be sure to check it out before it comes down! We have a lot of prints from the show for sale on our site here. Her original pieces in the show are selling very quick so try and grab one quick before they're all claimed for! If you wish to buy an original, contact the gallery at info@thecottoncandymachine.com

Be sure to keep up with this crazy talented woman on instagram @junko_mizuno_art and twitter @junko_mizuno to stay up to date with the millions of things she's involved with.

Tara McPherson Threadless Collection

Skylar Gerken
Wed 10.28.15
For the first time ever all of these beauitful designs by our own Tara McPherson are available for purchase through Threadless.

I am including some on my need to haves here, but you can check more opitions out for yourself on Threadless ! There are a lot of different options like Tshirts, V-necks, Tanktops, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Scoop-necks and Zip-ups for both men and women ! Along with all this beautiful art being released for the first time on Threadless we also have for the first time ever children's shirts ! Personally I think the Zip-up hoodies are awesome, you get a whole entire scene on the back, how exciting !! Show off your love for Tara McPherson's art through your love of fashion, statement pieces that will for sure be conversation starters.

Blue Bunny

Flying Bunny

Crystal Waterfall

Geroge Picking Skull Flowers

The Wanderers

Cyrstal Waterfall



Halloween Portrait

Lucius and his Mustache

Pink Puke

Wiggle Bunny

Laughing through the Chaos (Children's T-Shirt)

Men's Sizes
Tank Tops-S-XXL
Hoodies- S-XXL
Zip-up Hoodies- S-XXL

Women's Sizes
Tank Tops-S-XL
V-necks- S-XXL
Scoop-necks- S-XXL
Sweatshirts- S-3XL
Hoodies- S-XXL
Zip-up Hoodies- S-XXL

Children's Sizes
T-Shirts- XS-L

Lori Nelson & Moki Opening

Skylar Gerken
Wed 10.28.15

On September 11th 2015 magic was created when artists Lori Nelson and Moki presented their work here at The Cotton Candy Machine. The masses gathered to gaze upon their whimsical and narrative art pieces. Nelson's pieces included both paintings and drawings, all ranging in different sizes. One of which, is particually larger than life. The drawings and paintings feature strange animalistic figures, positioned in a portrait like style. Her work also touches on the interest of technology. Nelson's characters are shown using some type of devices that could allude to smart phones. The charcters use their devices in all different ways, they can be seen using the devices as a light source and the characters are also shown using their devices as some type of informational collection resource. Each painting includes a glossy top coat, which I personally think adds on to the magic on the pieces. Moki's small but might pieces are packed full of emotion and also packed full of the most interesting details I have seen in a while. When looking at the art at first glance one would think they are looking at actual woodgrain, but in reality all of that woodgrain is hand drawn. I could not imagine the type of paitence had to go into making each of those little strokes. Other than outstanding details the pieces feature common human emotions or scenes of familarty. From someone hugging, to hiding, to cats biting each other, us as humans have probably experienced some of these happenings before. Both Nelson's and Moki's work is still avavible for sale on our shop. Nelson has both prints and original peices up for purchase, while Moki just has original art.

Lori Nelson <-Website
Lori Nelson Instagram

Some Lori Nelson Pieces for sale ! Just click the pictures !!

Little Piety
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
8.5" x 8.5"
Edition of 25

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
8.5" x 8.5"
Edition of 25

Hell to Pay
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
17" x 17"
Edition of 25

Some Moki pieces for sale !! Just click the pictures !

Untitled 7
Acrylic on Wood
5.5 x 11.2 Inches

Untitled 15
Acrylic on Wood
8.6 x 11.8 Inches

The Art Knight Episodes 6 and 7!

Grace Lang
Thu 10.22.15
Here at the Cotton Candy Machine, we are excited about art and it is our mission to share that excitement with anybody and everybody. It happens all too often that art discussions are expected to be strictly serious and scholarly, placed up on a pedestal that, for many of us, is simply out of reach. It can be overwhelming and even alienating. While there is always a place for the serious and the scholarly, there is also a place for genuine enthusiasm and enjoyment. I’d like to think that the Art Knight web series is the place where all these attributes combine.There is no question of Sean’s excitement… his every word is infused with passion. But spend a few minutes with the show and you’ll also get some serious art-talk, whether it is through an art show’s written press release or an interview. Always mentioning the grander concepts of a show or an artist’s body of work, Sean recognizes the mental work behind crafting beautiful objects. His easy going demeanor prompts artists to speak openly and the effect is just perfect. The guests are presented as smart and thoughtful, while remaining accessible to even the most novice art fan. In the most recent episodes of the series, we get a few interviews, each of which provides a different angle of this massive universe we call Contemporary Art. Both episodes 6 and 7 feature two installments: the Art News and a an on-sight interview. So, let’s check it out!

Watch Episode 6 - The Art News!

Covered in Episode 6 Part 1:

Governor's Island Art Fair, Governor's Island, New York, NY
Jen Ray "Deep Cuts", Albertz Benda Gallery
Brett Amory, Seonna Hong, Martin Wittfooth, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Kris Kuksi "Amalgamation", Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Jel Ena "Sanctum Infernum", Stephen Romano Gallery, New York, NY
"13th Hour" Group Show, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
Murals In The Market Festival, Detroit, MI
Beyond Eden 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Babytattooville and Mark Ryden's Surrealist Ball, Culver City, CA
Mark Whalen "Trapezoid", KP Projects / MKG, Los Angeles, CA
DABS MYLA "Before and Further", Modernica Factory
Soey Milk "Pida", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Casey Weldon "Hastemaker", Roq La Rue, Seattle, WA
Evan Hecox "Terrain", Andenken Battalion, Amsterdam
Erik Jones "In Colour", Dorothy Circus Gallery, Roma
Tara McPherson "I Know It By Heart", Dorothy Circus Gallery, Roma

Watch Episode 6 - Interview with Ramiro Davaro-Comas

In Episode 6 Part 2:

Sean visits Ramiro Davaro-Comas' studio in Bushwick to see the 50 pieces he prepared for his show "Pushing Wood" at Cotton Candy Machine. Originally from Argentina, Ramiro's work is heavily influenced by his time in New York and local skate culture.

Filmed at Ramiro Davaro-Comas' Studio
Music by: Dima Drjuchin and The Unconditional Love
"Don't Give Me That Face"
"Unicorn Baby"

Watch Episode 7 - The Art News!

Covered in Episode 7 Part 1:

Seonna Hong "If You Lived Here I'd Be Home By Now", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Martin Wittfooth "Offering", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Logan Hicks & Beau Stanton "Calm Before The Storm", Highline Loft, New York, NY
Heartbeat Opera "Miss Handel", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
"House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological and Ethnographic Waxworks
from Castan's Panopticum, Berlin 1869 - 1922", Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Nychos "Translucent Fear", Kolly Gallery, Zurich
Hiroshi Fuji "Happy Paradies", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Invader Mosaic Art, Low Earth Orbit, Milky Way Galaxy

Watch Episode 7 - Juxtpoz Times Square Newstand

In Episode 7 Part 2:

We went to Times Square to check out the Juxtapoz T.sq Newsstand, a pop-up newsstand and art installation designed by Kimou "Grotesk" Meyer. We spoke with Evan Pricco, Editor-In-Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine about the newsstand, the artists involved with the project, and the realities of creating art in the commercial epicenter of New York City.

Filmed at Juxtapoz T.sq Newsstand

Music by: Dima Drjuchin and The Unconditional Love
"Goddamn Dream"
"I'm A Fucking Punk"
"Marry Me"
"Bb (in Bb)"

Dashing and daring, the Art Knight watches over our city (and maybe yours!), keeping us safe from the forces of drabness and white walls. Stay up to date with his mission by following us on Facebook and subscribing on Youtube! Thanks for all the love and support!





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