2014 Fall & Winter Event Calendar

Chloe Thomas
Thu 10.16.14

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

Pumpkin Exhibition and Carving Workshop
Friday, October 17th and Sunday, October 19th

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers
is a full creative art studio that specializes in elaborate pumpkin art. Maniac takes pumpkin carving to new levels of creativity and skill, providing unique and stunning carved pumpkins for parties, events, and occasions of all kinds.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labor of love but quickly spiraled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan and Chris Soria, have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. Their pumpkins have been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, and they continue to elevate the art of pumpkin carving every year. Winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, they have made numerous television appearances, sharing their skills and talent with viewers worldwide.

Outside of the Fall season, Marc Evan and Chris Soria are fine artists and active muralists with public art throughout NYC.

For more info on this awesome crew of carvers, check out their website, facebook page, instagram and twitter!

Please join us on Friday, October 17th from 7 - 11 pm for a Maniac Pumpkin exhibit!

Then, join us again on Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 6 pm for a carving class!
Tickets for the class are $125 and all the materials will be provided, including pumpkins!

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Screens 'N' Spokes

Take a Stand Against Multiple Sclerosis!
October 18th - 19th

Screens 'N' Spokes is an art show, a bike team, and a group of folks taking a stand against Multiple Sclerosis. Founded in 2007 by Sam Verrill and Jess Harris, the effort has raised over $350,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It has also rallied an entourage of artists, musicians, cyclists, and people living with MS from across the US and abroad to bring new energy and enthusiasm to the cause.

Indie rock posters? Bikes? Screens 'N' Spokes unites them to create a fundraiser for the people. Over the past eight years, more than 50 artists have created original screenprints for Screens 'N' Spokes. All artwork is donated by the artists pro bono and then sold to benefit the NMSS. Many of the artists have been touched by MS in some way, and want to pay tribute to their loved ones living with the disease.

For Screens ‘N’ Spokes’ first show in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine, they will be showcasing over 30 prints by artists like Cricket Press, strawberryluna, Bobby Dixon, Greg Pizzoli, Two Arms Inc.and Mat Daly. Two brand new prints by Jay Ryan and Rich Kelly will also be premiered.

Opening Event Saturday October 18th

7pm - 11pm


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The Fairy Queen

A One-Night-Only Benefit Drag Extravaganza
Thursday, October 30th

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30pm and 10pm Shows
at The Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st St, Brooklyn (located near the Bedford L Subway – just one stop from Manhattan)

Come, all ye sassy songsters and fabulous queens, for a night of revelry – our first-ever Halloween benefit celebration with music, dancing, champagne, raffle prizes, glitter, and more! Costumes and masks are encouraged.

Featuring: Jacob Ashworth (Violin), Jonathan Blalock (Tenor), Sara Couden (Contralto), Jean Laurenz (Trumpet), Jamilyn Manning-White (Soprano), Arash Noori (Theorbo), Claudia Rosenthal (Soprano), Daniel Schlosberg (Harpsichord), John Taylor Ward (Baritone), Jude Ziliak (Violin), and more performers to be announced.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

$20 Rude Mechanical in advance (general admission)
$25 Rude Mechanical at the door (general admission & standing)
$50 Lover (reserved seat & drink ticket)
$100 Fairy Royalty (reserved seat, drink & raffle tickets, fairy waiter)

If you can't join us this time, please consider making a tax deductible donation online with your credit card. You can also write us a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, "Fractured Atlas," and send it to Heartbeat Opera, 676 President St #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

More info: www.heartbeatopera.org
Email: heartbeatopera@gmail.com

See you there!
Cheers,
Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske, Co-Artistic Directors
Jacob Ashworth and Daniel Schlosberg, Co-Music Directors
Alyssa Simmons, Benefit Producer

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Re-Animator by Wizard Skull

November 8th - November 20th

Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn. The images he has created are constantly going viral and spreading across the world, from street vendors bootlegging his art in Bangkok to sell it on tee's, to junior high kids in the Midwest using it for their band flyers. You can see more of his work at his website or follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

"Re-Animator" Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe. Wizard Skull got his hands on the actual animation cels used to create cartoons such as The Smurfs, He-Man, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more. Now he is adding his own unique twist to these cels, putting in new characters and bringing them back to life with an entire new meaning.


Opening Event Saturday November 8th
7pm to 11pm


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Arik Roper and Skinner

November 14th - December 7th

Arik Roper was born in 1973 in New York City, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, then returned to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts from 1991-1995. Since then he has built a universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery. After starting out creating record and cd covers for a variety of bands, and various gigs in the commercial art world, he has continued onward and into more diverse areas of poster design and graphic illustration, and animation.

Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, bizarre and antagonistic installations while maintaining a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. Skinner has and continues to bring his own very specific weird art to anywhere in the world that can handle it. Skinner’s work has been celebrated in various publications including Blisss, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose and Beautiful/Decay as well as numerous European publications.

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm


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Apocrypha by Lucas Ruggeri

November 22nd - December 6th

Lucas Ruggeri is an illustrator and fine artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Later relocating to Savannah, Georgia he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2008. His work draws it's technique from antquitade printmaking, pen, and ink drawings Albrecht Durer and Gustave Doré while simutaniously taking on fantastic and pictoral narratives. Ruggeri's labyrinthine illustrations defy spatial and proportional conventions; depictions of anthropomorphic creatures and cadaverous figures are amongst the many inhabitants of his behemothic yet contemplative landscapes. Ruggeri has been featured in Juxtapoz, has had exhibitions across the United States, as
well as Europe, Africa, and Australia. Simutaniously he also does covers and art for bands such as Kylesa, Cough, and Black Tusk.

Heavy mythological influences have inspired the name of the show, Apocrypha. Defined as "statements or claims that are of dubious authenticity," the word's origin is the Medieval Latin adjective apocryphus, meaning "secret, or non-canonical." You can follow and see more of Ruggreri's work on his
website as well as his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Opening Event Saturday November 22nd
7pm to 11pm

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Fuck You I'm Batman by Dima Drjuchin

December 13th - December 30th

Dimitri (Dima) Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. 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.
You can also follow Dima's body of work on his Tumblr and Twitter.

Opening Event Saturday December 13th
7pm to 11pm


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Charlie Immer & Paul Pope

December 12th - January 4th, 2014

Charlie Immer is a fine artist and an illustrator. His work has been shown across the nation and has appeared in HiFructose Magazine. Charlie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Paul Pope is a cartoonist living and working in New York City. His work combines the precision and romance of the European artists he studies with the energy and page design of the manga tradition. Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer. He has been working primarily in comics since the early '90s, creating amazing award winning comics such as 100%, Heavy Liquid, and Batman: Year 100.

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Niji Bambini by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

This Friday October 10th we are so honored to open "Niji Bambini" by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda an exciting two artist show at Cotton Candy Machine. This will be a triumphant return for Camilla after her sold out 2012 show here in Brooklyn. Hikari has come half way across the world from Japan and will have her first show in NYC with us and the pairing is perfect.

Opening Event Friday October 10th: 7pm - 11pm
Show runs October 10th - November 9th


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Camilla d'Errico

Camilla d'Errico is coming back to Cotton Candy Machine with an outstanding follow up to her sold out success "The Candy Escape". Join us this Friday October 10th from 7 to 11pm after NYCC as we have the honor of hosting "Niji Bambini" with the newest paintings and drawings by Camilla d'Errico! The rainbows are melting and creating a magnifecent display!

Visit TheCottonCandyMachine.com on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com for pricing and availability. Thank you all who have emailed already, we have had a huge response to the new paintings. All requests will be honored in the order they are received, so please include a list of pieces in order of what you'd like to purchase. Thank you all for your excitement it's exciting! See you soon!

Camilla will be signing with Hikari Shimoda at 1pm at New York Comic Con booth 203 in The Block. You can also catch Camilla in artist alley at NYCC Booth P15!

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Hikari Shimoda

Hikari has traveled from Japan to join us here in Brooklyn! We are absolutely thrilled to host Hikari Shimoda's first show at Cotton Candy Machine along side Camilla d'Errico for "Niji Bambini". The opening event will be held October 10th from 7 to 11pm after NYCC. These new superhero characters will lock you in, then leave you dazed with that warm fuzzy feeling.

Visit TheCottonCandyMachine.com on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com for pricing and availability. We are releasing two new limited edition prints that will be available at the opening event first come first severed so come early!

Hikari will also have exclusive NYCC releases! Two new 8.5"x11" prints will be release at NYCC with us in Booth 203! There will be one print released on Friday at 1pm and the other Sunday at 1pm. Both prints are an edition of 25 and will be sold first come first served.

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New York Comic Con Booth #203

It's Time for NYCC again! We are excited for this years event! New York Comic Con is October 9th to the 12th! Heads up we did change our booth number! Tara McPherson presents Cotton Candy Machine will be at booth 203! We have an awesome list of new prints and releases for #NYCC2014!

We are so happy to announce that we will be hosting Live Painting at our booth 203 all weekend long! This New York Comic Con, for the very first time, we have Tara McPherson, Lori Nelson, Hikari Shimoda, Tina Lugo and So Youn Lee each painting their own large 4' x 8' foot panel live for you. Keep checking in to see the progress here!

Along with the print releases and the live painting we've scheduled signings with each of the artists! Here is our signing schedule for the NYCC Booth 203!

Thursday, Oct 9th 1:00pm: So Youn Lee & 2:00pm: Tara McPherson

Friday, Oct 10th 1:00pm: Hikari Shimoda and Camilla d'Errico & 2:00pm Tina Lugo

Saturday, Oct 11th 1:00pm Lori Nelson signing & 2:00pm: Tara McPherson

Sunday, Oct 12th 1:00pm: Hikari Shimoda print release & 4:00pm:
Tara McPherson

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New Prints by Tara McPherson

Three of Tara McPherson's most breathtaking paintings will now be available as a large lithographs! New and special release for NYCC we are excited to announce:


Crystal Waterfall by Tara McPherson (top left)
11" x 19" Signed
Lithograph
$20

Supernova by Tara McPherson (top right)
13' x 19" Signed
Lithograph
$20

Borealis by Tara McPherson (bottom)
15.25" x 19 Signed
Lithograph
$20

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"The Wanderers" by Tara McPherson Video Time-lapse

"The Wanderers" spotlights a companionship that has become familiar to the world. The beautiful traveler adorned with candy color corpse paint snuggled in an embrace with her arctic wolf. Set on a voyage and leaving most behind. They are stopped as they wonder to share a moment for the galactic display of a meteor shower. Continuing on their adventure something is missing and it might just be a home.

As Tara McPherson prepared for her third solo show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery "Wandering Luminations" she set up an iphone 4s to time-lapse the paintings process.

Order "The Wanderers" limited edition print here!

See "The Wanderers" Time-lapse here!

The Wanderers by Tara McPherson Time Lapse from Cotton Candy Machine on Vimeo.


Photo from Sweet Streets LA

Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga. There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view.

Hikari's next show at CCM begins soon on October 10th to November 9th where she will be featured with Camilla d'Errico. Be sure to check it out!




How would you describe your style and what "Irasuto" is to you?


Cute and pop subjects you can see in my pieces first are important key items to understand the themes of my art. There are various aspects in this world today, and it's difficult to reveal the essential qualities of things just by depicting those serious aspects as they are. Therefore I need manga-like characters and cute colors or subjects as a "common language" to represent serious aspects of this world. Definition of "Irasuto" today is manga-like artwork that artists paint freely as they please, so it's different from "illustration" that has specific orders of client. In other words "Irasuto" is articulate, so "Irasuto" has a strong influence on young people who face various problems in the world, and also have great potential for the future.



Your work often revolves around children. What were your main influences growing up?

The reason I use children as my subject is based on my childhood experiences. My parents had been both working and in a sense I had been a lonely little girl because I hadn't seen my mother in my house during the daytime. In addition, I think children are "plain existence," so they can be a motif to represent human being itself. What I've been influenced by are animations by Hayao Miyazaki and his comic book "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind." I'm still being strongly influenced by them.






Photos from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Can you tell us about the work you plan to feature at Cotton Candy Machine's show soon?


I will show 10 water color pieces, 4 collage pieces, and 1 oil painting from my "Children of this Planet" series.

How has it been being featured all around the world?

Every experience is brand-new.


Photo from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Do you have anything you dream of doing in the future?


I would like to collaborate with new projects like fashion and music.

Again, thanks so much to Caro from Sweet Streets LA and Hikari Shimoda for making this interview happen. Keep checking the event page for updates and new images of the art that will be in the show. You can follow and see more of Hikari's work and show schedule on her website and facebook page.


Spotlight On: Joe Scarano

Chloe Thomas
Thu 07.31.14


Born in Warwick, NY in 1975, Joe was raised alongside a litter of sisters in Miami, FL and later in Bethpage, NY. During the day Joe works as an online art director for a non-profit consumer advocacy group. He spends his nights painting characters and environments that recall the odd early days of animation and the dingy despair of the 1930's. With their popsicle stick bucktoothed grins, hollow heads and dead eyes his characters often straddle the lines between funny, tragic, grotesque, and sad. He currently lives in Orange County, NY with his wife Marci, sons Mason and Carter, and several furry creatures. Most of Joe's body of work can be found on his website!

- What can you tell us about the pieces you just did for the Cotton Candy Machine X Stranger Factory show?

For this show I concentrated more on sculpture, I wanted to experiment with bringing some of my characters to life in 3D. It was really exciting to see them come to life as objects that you could touch and interact with and doing so helped me push their forms in a new direction from how I previously would paint or draw them.



- Can you tell me a bit about what you love?


I love making things... paintings, drawings, sculpts. Drawing with my two sons, they love to draw these elaborate factories and construction scenes. Music! Can't do anything without listening to music. Teaching my kids how to make things, my youngest loves to help me whenever I am making painting panels or a sculpture. I also love staring creepily at co-workers during long boring meetings in an effort to make them laugh... or feel really uncomfortable... but mostly laugh.



- What is your favorite project you've done this past year?

Kind of a tie between the custom Skelve I did for the Skelve anniversary show and the Ol' Stitch Wilson sculpt I did for the SFxCCM show. For the Skelve piece I had a lot of fun sculpting, molding, and casting the final resin piece. It was very time consuming and a bit of a steep learning curve but I learned a lot. The Ol'Stitch sculpts were a lot of fun to do. Figuring out how to engineer the spindly, skinny legs and arms so they would remain true to the character design but also support the figure was a big challenge. Those were a lot of fun to make.



- What do you plan to do in the future?


I have a couple of shows coming up this year that I'm really excited about, a solo show of smaller works at Dream In Plastic this September then I'll be focusing the remainder of 2014 on work for my show with Scribe in May at The Stranger Factory. I'm also planning on doing some resin editions of my characters. I would also like to do some large scale sculpts, but that may be much farther into the future.



Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, Joe! Keep rocking out on your amazing work and we can't wait to see what your future holds!

Spotlight On: Karl Deuble

Chloe Thomas
Thu 07.31.14


Karl Deuble is an artist and musician living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in 1983 and raised in Belen, New Mexico, he later attended the University of New Mexico. With a concentration on printmaking, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 2006. After college, Karl focused the following six years learning the ins and outs of commercial screen printing. Inspired by street art, cartoons, music, and cats, Karl uses screen printing, spray paint, acrylic paint and ink to create his style of characters. In 2011, he co-created a t-shirt and accessory business that can be found at bobbimarbles.com. For more info, contact Karl at karldeuble@gmail.com

- What can you tell us about the pieces you just did for the Cotton Candy Machine X Stranger Factory show?

My recent paintings for the Cotton Candy Machine X Stranger Factory show are more of an experiment in textures and present a more focused version of my everyday sketches . The paintings also mark my attempt at adding more abstract elements and movement into my artwork. I usually start painting without any pre decided ideas, just making paint splatters and drips. Once I am happy with the image I begin drawing a character. For the show I worked on multiple pieces simultaneously to help with cohesiveness and to push myself to work harder. To me, my paintings represent a person’s inner random thoughts and the everyday mundanity.

  

- What has been your biggest inspiration recently?

It’s hard to pinpoint the inspiration for each of my pieces because I am inspired by so many different things. My inspiration includes music, my girlfriend, my family, social media, graffiti, cats, and more. Everyone at Stranger Factory has been super inspiring because of their motivation and positive attitudes towards my work. Being included in this show and hanging my artwork up along with all of the other awesome artists has definitely inspired me and pushed me to try to be better. Something I have been realizing lately is that I am inspired by things subconsciously. Sometimes I realize it quickly and other times it’s someone else who points it out.



- What is your favorite project you've done this past year?


In the last twelve months, aside from working on pieces for the Cotton Candy Machine X Stranger Factory show, my favorite “project” has been making the leap from full time employee to freelance artist and self employment. Being able to make art and print for the people I want to work with has been very rewarding and I am excited for what’s to come.



- What do you plan to do in the future?

In the future I plan to continue to make art. I am interested in expanding my techniques and pushing my artwork towards the more abstract. I also hope to focus more on my t shirt brand, Bobbi Marbles. Maybe I’ll get another cat?

Thank you for giving us some fantastic work (and shirts!) for our current show and for answering our questions, Karl! You rock!
We still have some of Karl's originals for sale, so be sure to take a look!

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