"J.M. Barrie wrote, ‘there’s almost nothing that has such a keen sense of fun as a fallen leaf’. To that I would add, ‘except perhaps a JOE’. He is a glad heart, a ripple water, oh well fancy, sentient red balloon, a fairy and hiding… a little itchy at the shoulders were his wings used to be, a cloud of glitter, a lingering golden gleam." - Donna H. Baxter, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010



On the evening of March 27th 2015, Cotton Candy Machine had the honor of opening a truly extraordinary exhibition. A month long event, finally culminating in an amazing art show, "Momentary" is one of the gallery's biggest events, if not, the biggest event we have hosted thus far. We all went through a unique experience, watching as Joe turned the Cotton Candy Machine into his own public painting studio. One in which the artist invited us to visit, watch and learn. By livestreaming through both his own website and ours, countless people all over the globe were able to follow Joe's progress. Day after day we were graced with the presence and development of the world he has created, along with all whimiscal characters that live inside it.


Four Stages of "Residence"

The Momentary exhibition became the higlight that welcomed in a new spring and was an exciting way to end March. The event was filled with eyes in awe as people spoke about Joe's aptitude, effort and keen imagination. Walking in, you could literally smell the oil in the recent paint strokes applied to that final canvas. Up close one might see how these peices resemble childlike memories, detailed yet blurred and soft neutral tones layered upon colorful undertones. They are glimmering canvases capturing moments of what reality means in Sorren's masterly painted universe. Expressive and sometimes distant faces, all speaking to you in pure emotion, are grounded in the landscapes that infallibly tell their own stories.


Six Stages of "Break (3)"



Six Stages of "3 Minutes Before (Approx.)
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Excitingly enough, almost all of Joe Sorren's peices were sold out in an incredibly short amount of time. Many of the pieces went to collectors that witnessed the work's entire creation! For Sorren's fans, this was especially exciting, as the pieces were much smaller and done quicker than the work the artist typically shows. This means that the pieces were priced amazingly and people who previously believed they would only ever own his prints were able to get their very own originals. As an artist who creates massive paintings, often over the course of YEARS, Joe considers these pieces to be oil sketches, imbuing them with an inarguable sense of authenticity, like the heavily painted pages of an explorer's dream journal. For Joe, this was an experiment in working under major time constraints, while still maintaining his preferred method of layering, mutating and allowing the pieces themselves to dictate their own direction. Watching Joe paint is like watching a master in conversation with him self and with the paint on his brush. The paint tells him what is there and, catching that glimpse of a hidden form, Joe works organically to bring forth the image he sees in the paint strokes.


"Momentary" is one of the few remaining pieces!

"A thread of illustration runs through the work that seems to become thinner and thinner as the narritive becomes more and more convoluted and obscure. The content or Imagery of Joe's work is wholly unique. Joe lets us into a world inhabited by creaters that seem to have their own histroy, and into places that are fantastic, but seem plausible." - Jud Bergeron, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010


"Break (4)" is one more of the remaining pieces!



"Frost" is still up for grabs!

"I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around the way Joe works. Most artists have a plan. In fact, almost anyone who does anything starts with a plan. But not my Joe. Joe fills his brush with color, places it on the canvas , and lets it whip and whirl about at will. He’s like a human Hadron Collider, smashing ‘millions and HUNDREDS’ of paint molecules together with speed and randomness until at last his Joe – God particle divines light, movement, and emotion into masterpiece. Honestly, his progress is a tad imitating -last process, really, then mad and surprise. He’s like a savant, without the idiot part. The truth is, he’s awesome with awesome – sauce on top, and frankly, if I didn’t like him so much, I would hate him immensely out of jealousy over his talent." - Donna H. Baxter, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010

Thank you so much to everybody that came out for the opening, that popped into the shop during the month, watched online from far away and that helped us celebrate this momentous event! You all made this special month even more special.




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