Brooklyn Biennial Submissional

Sean Leonard
Fri 11.22.13
For the very first time Cotton Candy Machine is hosting a submission based show! This was our chance to suport and celebrate the submissions sent in all year long. So we invited any and all artists to submit for our December show and created the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional. The response was inspiring and overwhelming. The amount of talent and creativity we had the pleasure of looking through preparing for the show was a true joy, thank you to every artist who submitted your work. We want to show so many more of you. All of these submissions make me wish we had a bigger space already. We had to pick the best of the best and that is what we did.

Ladies and Gentlemen it is a honor to announce the artists accepted for
Cotton Candy Machine's Brooklyn Biennial Submissional!

Dima Drjuchin
Allison Sommers
Tina Lugo
Emroca
Cory Benhatzel
Sean Mahan
JoKa
Ronnie Ray Mendez
Hanna Jaeun
Amar Stewart
Wizard Skull
Gabi de la Merced


Brooklyn Biennial Submissional
Opening Event Friday December 13th
7 to 11pm


Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer)
Brooklyn, NYC 11211

Make sure to click through each of the artists names above and below to see more of their work! 

Here is a little light on each of the artists in the show. Not all of these pieces are in the show, some of them are and I mentioned so in the comments. This should give you a good taste of the treats to come.
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Dima Drjuchin

I was really excited to show you Dima Drjuchin's artwork first but David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno already beat me to it. Dima painted the album cover for "Fear Fun" by Father John Misty and they get around.



Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.




Enjoy this little vignette from our good friend The Spelunker with Dima Drjuchin for the Smut Cave.



Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. He graduated Parsons School Of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. This past October DIma painted live at NYCC with Cotton Candy Machine creating this piece that now hangs on the Roebling Wall. This will be the first time Dima has shown his original work at CCM and it wont be the last... (We already have something on the books for next year!!) 

Dima is creating all new work for this show so we are excited to see them come to life.

Make sure to follow Dima Drjuchin here
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Allison Sommers

Allison Sommers is a Brooklyn-based art-worker. A self-taught artist, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in History and a concentration in Early Medieval England.




ATELIERBETRIEBE: An art-working studio. A factory of non-commodity manufacture. An ethic of both work and art.

She practices art in the way a tinkerer, or a philosopher-alchemist, approaches his workshop: all avenues are considered, objects and drawings continually evolve, and, most importantly, there is constant motion, fingers are always fiddling, marks are always being made. For me, art is a verb.





"I am an inveterate magpie: images, histories, phrases, shiny bits, trash, old papers, hair trimmings, rusty things, bones, and dust all find their way into my studio to be considered, mulled about, chewed upon, and channeled into new work."

As a result, my work is manifold: I make paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, miniatures, and assemblages. I slip tiny paintings into matchboxes and draw on bones. All pathways of making are fair game."

Atelierbetriebe A-S is the aegis under which my work is produced: it is the house, and the philosophy, of all my artwork."

I've been a fan of Allison's work since the first time I came across it. She is non stop with her work ethic and we couldn't be happier she is making time for this show in her busy schedule!

Follow Allison Sommers here
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Tina Lugo

Tina Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx where she still resides. She studied at the School of Visual Arts where she obtained her BFA and worked with fellow artist, Nicolas Touron.



Inculcated by waves of Saturday morning cartoons, characters portrayed in comic book literature, and videogame culture, Tina Lugo became instantly infatuated with the bright colors of the animated world. As she grew up, the social and sexual undertones of these cartoons unbridled themselves from the confines of her childhood memory. Tina began to realize that the sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor she expressed had stemmed from what she had watched on early 90’s television and only fueled her passion to uncover the subversive and controversial qualities in the pop culture of yesteryear. The use of enamel and plexiglas in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger.




It is a thrill to come across such young, fresh. local talent. We love what we've see so far and we can't wait to see what she creates for the show! These pieces are painted on plexiglass so they'll be a real treat to see in person. Tina is creating all new works for the show!

Follow Tina Lugo here
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Emroca

Jose Emroca Flores is an artist, illustrator, and designer with a distinctive style that has spanned multiple outlets in films, games, books, animations, galleries, and advertising. He is currently working as a freelance designer/illustrator.



Emroca actively shares his oil paintings in galleries across the country. Many of those paintings have been showcased in galleries such as: Iam8bit, Thinkspace, Minna, and 1988. He has also worked on projects with a variety of companies, big and small, like: EA, Vivendi Universal, Activision/Blizzard, Nike, Marvel, Hasbro, DC shoes, Sticky Bumps, Game Informer, Iam8bit, FHM, Maxim, Spectrum, Computer Arts, Nintendo Power, Gnomon, Society of Illustrators, and others.



When he is not creating art, you can find him surfing throughout the year, traveling the globe, riding his motorbike around North County SD, and spending time with his family and friends.



Cotton Candy Machine is excited and honnored to show Jose Emroca as part of the Brookyln Biennial Submissional! We can't wait to see what Emroca is creating for the show!

Follow Emroca here
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Cory Benhatzel 

Cory Louise Benhatzel was born and raised in the town of Amherst, New York. She loved drawing and the magical forest that was her backyard. At eighteen she moved to Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. Cory's artistic love has always been painting and drawing, but has also tried her hand at tattooing, photography, experimental video and art gallery work. After eight years in Los Angeles, she decided to return to Amherst with her husband Justin and daughter-cat Moogle. She lives in a house guarded by gargoyles and paints most of the time.



Much of the inspiration behind Cory Benhatzel’s paintings come from her childhood experiences and memories.
The taxidermy she viewed at the local natural history museum, the deer skeletons she saw in her backyard, the flower gardens that her mother grew, the heavy metal music her father played, the wild birds Cory fed outside, and her beloved pet cats, all made an indelible mark on the artist. It was these early loves that created the painter and inspire the pieces she makes.




Cory has created a majestic world where supernatural beasts are impervious to the cruelty of humanity and are guardians of the occult; holders of great secret knowledge. Among the symbolism that the artist employs are that of Floriography (the Victorian-era Language of Flowers), witchcraft, Satanism and Norse Paganism.

The framed image above "Foxgloves and Foxtails" will be in the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional. We can't wait to see the rest of her work!

Follow Cory Benhatzel here
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Sean Mahan



Sean Mahan is a social realist figurative painter who works with graphite and acrylic washes on wood to depict a sense of wonder about the innate warmth of the human character and its conflict with structures of power and control.



Sean has enjoyed creating cover artwork for the bands: Lowpines, Twelve Hour Turn, Floor, Daitro, Dauntless Elite, Jets vs. Sharks, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Beat Buttons, North Lincoln, Fires, Del Cielo, The Gifthorse, Mouthbreather, Senders, Little League, Back Pocket, Small Talk, Solid Pony, Laura Minor, Verde, Kids on Bikes, and more.



Most of these paintings will be in the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional. Sean is continuing to paint and working on the show now. He has sent me a few progress shots and I think this next one might be a masterpiece.

Follow Sean Mehan here
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JoKa

Currently residing in Philadelphia, he has exhibited from coast to coast as well as lands afar.



While you are enveloped in sleep, JoKa is toiling into the night stippling acrylic paint to blank facades, using images of styles and faces of yore. Having a penchant for meticulous and detailed work led JoKa to his method of hyperpointillism, wherein he uses only toothpicks to apply his tiny dots of color. Although his images may be skewed from direct interpretation, the meanings behind his work are usually dark in tone and leaning more towards a devious nature.




All of these pieces and more will be in the show! We can't wait to see these in person! 

Make sure to follow JoKa here
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JoKa Youtube
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Ronnie Ray Mendez



Ronnie Ray Mendez is a visual artist indigenous to Southern California. A purveyor of Aestheticism, Romanticism and Symbolism, he fuses the human and animal form, illustrating the fine line we walk between reeason and raw emotion. OCD being a prerequisite for this Ronnie, he employs the complex and classical technique of stippling with cross-hatching, giving rise to a new renaissance reflecting natural cooperation. His symbols, settings and characters not only speak of his emotions, dreams and experiences but of cultural distortions and the human condition at large.




Such impressive work! These are wonderful examples of Ronni Ray Mendez talent. Everyone will be eager to see his new works.

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Hanna Jaeun

Hanna Jaeun is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She works with acrylics on wood panels, preferring smooth wood that is without texture or irregularities. This allows for concentration on layering and blending of paint in a meditative journey into a creative landscape populated by humans, animals and chimeras.



Since time immemorial, wildlife has served to symbolize the raw emotions that lurk beneath the thin veneer of the human form. Hanna uses animals as a primary subject matter to explore themes of isolation, vulnerability and belonging. The beings who inhabit her world dance between the ordered civilization of humanity and the feral emotional landscape of the animal- they are part of the both, yet belong fully to neither.



Many of the creatures found in Hanna's work could be considered 'monstrous at first glance insofar as they are neither fully human nor fully animal. However, when one engages with her paintings, the viewer has no choice but to recognize the raw emotion and humanity emanating from the subjects, and to understand that the unifying pulses of loneliness, isolation and joy all throb within even the most foreboding or exotic exteriors.



These are four paintings that will be in the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional from Hanna Jaeun. We couldn't be more excited! She is working on a few more as well!

Make sure to follow Hanna Jaeun as she prepares for the show
Hanna Jaeun Art Facebook
Hanna Jaeun Blog
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Amar Stewart

Amar Stewart is a London based artist and illustrator. His influences lie somewhere between, Music and City Life. Growing up in a small town in the Midlands he began drawing at a young age typically sketching super heros in his scrap book. It was only in his 20's when he moved to London that he saw a whole new world. The city being filled with so much energy and creativity fed his mind with ideas.



The next 8 years would be a learning experience. Experimenting with concepts, painting techniques, travelling and finding out what path he wanted to go down.



Although all genres music inspires Amar's work, Hip Hop is the driving force behind the majority of his creations. Using heavy brush strokes and vibrant colours he tries to capture his subject in the truest form with an abstract feel.



Amar has exhibited his art internationally in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong and Melbourne. His work has been showcased alongside artists Banksy, Mode2, Adam Neate and Mr. Brainwash. Now he will be showing for the first time with Cotton Candy Machine. All three of these oil paintings will be in the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional. Amar will be in Brooklyn doing some painting on the Roebling wall the week before the opening. Keep an eye out because this would be your chance to meet him, he heads back to London before the show.

Follow Amar Stewart here
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Wizard Skull

WizardSkull is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He makes zines and is the undisputed beard champion of Bushwick, Brooklyn.



Alexander Duke best known as Wizard Skull is well on his way to becoming a Brooklyn legend and icon. We are pleased to announce there will be a new Zine release from Wizard Skull at the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional and he'll be showing some radical new works.

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Gabi de la Merced

Joining us from Spain Gabi de la Merced is a painter/illustrator with a creative approach to portraiture. We'll let the work speak for it's self. The artist will be in attendance at the opening!



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This is going to be an amazing show! The drive and talent in these artists has been exciting and we are still a few weeks away. They are all still hard at work! Make sure to follow them as they create for the show. Follow Cotton Candy Machine too! We'll be posting pieces from each of the artists as we get more images.

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Join us at the opening event for this group show featuring incredible talent and creativity as each of these artists exhibits at Cotton Candy Machine for the first time. See you at the gallery!

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional
Opening Event Friday December 13th
7 to 11pm


Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer)
Brooklyn, NYC 11211

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One last huge thank you to everyone who submitted for this show. To all of the talented artists who shared their works and want to show with us. It gave us all a real sense of how broad our gallery has reached. To know that there are this many incredible artists that all want to be apart of Cotton Candy Machine just warms my heart hole. Thank you all again and keep it up!

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