One our favorite artists, Skinner, has collaborated with Shane Mortan and Video Rahim to make a video for Mastodon's new song "Asleep in the Deep". In this video we see a cat go on an amazing psychadelic adventure exhibiting beautiful visuals done by the artists. Click here and check out the video! 

Also, if you want to see more of Skinner, go to his page here and you can pick up one of his originals or prints that we have here at The Cotton Candy Machine!

 

Right now, Tara, Sean and Ronan are probably throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain. Yes, they are in Rome! Tara had her first solo show, "I Know It By Heart," open on June 11th at the Dorothy Circus Gallery and we couldn't be more excited! Tara McPherson was first introduced to the Italian audience by Dorothy Circus Gallery in 2009, during the “Inside Nostalghia” group show, made in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Tara McPherson has been more recently exhibited in Italy in 2013 for “Lacrima Aquarium”: an institutional group exhibition curated by Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery), which exhibited works by 33 international artists, inspired by the theme of Water, in the charming and exclusive location of the “Acquario Romano”. Now, back again, she is having her own show and exhibiting works that demonstrate her unbelievable talent and vision. 





From Tara, "When I was creating this painting I was thinking about particle physics and string theory, how these tiny subatomic particles are theorized to dance and not truly exist in one location. As well as the power we have with our thoughts and vision, I think it’s a fun idea to create a physical manifestation of thought… literally something coming out of one’s body, head or eyes. I tried to create a woman who was the goddess of sorts for this idea...







...The paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.”





Tara's solo show has also been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz among many more. Hi-Fructose comments, "With every new body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery, “I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery – portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for the artist." - Caro


Along with having an incredible exhibition, Tara was able to meet up with friend and renowned artist, Joe Sorren, who traveled from Florence to see Tara's show. 

















We are also so excited to see Tara paint her first mural! Her theme is water and it is part of a city wide mural project called Spray For Your Rights to promote social activism. 



It sounds like the trip has been a success and I think Ronan would agree! Complimenti, Tara!

On Saturday June 6th, Cotton Candy Machine opened its doors to the biggest show of the year again- Tiny Trifecta. We were so excited to showcase over 100 artists at this year's Tiny Trifecta and the turn out was even more amazing! The variety of artists offered something for everyone and excitment was buzzing over each $100 piece.



As always, this show was curated by Tara McPherson and featured some of the coolest artists working today:

Killer Acid, Rachel Adler, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Andrei Bouzikov, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Deedee Cheriel, Luke Chueh, Ciou, David M Cook, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edminston, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, Ian Ferguson, Eric Fortune, AJ Fosik, Mab Graves, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Chad Halbert, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Joka, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Aya Kakeda, Andrea Kang, Andy Kehoe, Boy Kong, Kraken, Ian Kuali’i, Brad Kunkle, Grace Lang, Jesse LeDoux, Tim Lee, Henry Lewis, Kristen Liu, Farron Loathing, Lola, Travis Louie, Tina Lugo, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Malojo, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Dan May, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Caitlin McCormack, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Heiko Müller, Yoh Nagao, Lori Nelson, Joohee Park, Shaunna Peterson, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Arabella Proffer, Martha Rich, Matt Ritchie, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Lucas Ruggieri, Jay Ryan, Isabel Samaras, Skinner, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Brian Sparrow, Beau Stanton, Diana Sudyka, Chris Uphues, Adam Wallacavage, Elizabeth Winnel, Wizard Skull, Yoskay Yamamoto & Lauren YS




Ronan was clearly very excited... and the feeling was contagious!!



Even more amazing was the dedication and enthusiasm of all those who waited in line to buy their own favorite Tiny Trifecta piece. We loved seeing family, friends and new friends gather together all excited to be a part of this fantastic night. Without this community, Tiny Trifecta wouldn't be what it is. 



"For this years mini print numbering pre registration at 4pm everyone got one of these three prints by Esao Andrews! It turns out the first three collectors in line had Esao's original paintings as their first pick. Now everyone who registered in line scored one of these mini Giclee prints for free. It's been a wonderful few years since Esao used a corner of Tara's studio to work and paint for a show, to now when people are camping in front of the same space open at CCM to buy his art inside for this show. Unbelievable!"
-Sean Leonard
These prints are now available for purchase in the shop!



Speaking of the first three in line.. here they are! Now, THOSE are some happy campers, huh? Thank you so much, Joe, Paul and Dan for keeping the excitement up and being some of the most dedicated collectors out there!



One of the biggest added bonuses of the event was a special visit from our friend, Daniel Danger. We were lucky enough to hold a pop-up show of Danger's amazing work and showcase it through the whole weekend. Naturally, his pieces were a hit and his embellished clayboard screen prints sold out fast. Having his art up in the shop during the Tiny Trifecta was an amazing addition to our show and everyone who came would definitely agree.






We were also very thrilled to show pieces by French duo, Malojo and Ciou. The two experiment with the integration of fantasy and horror. Their intricate detail and design of these mysteriously wondrous characters leave people wanting to see more- making them a hit last Saturday!



Also at Tiny Trifecta was Lana Crooks and her faux specimens. Using materials as simple as wool, Crooks brings these little creatures to life in the most breathtaking way. They were such a joy to see in person!



Philadelphia-based painter, Joka, also was on display last Saturday and we couldn't have been more happy about it. JoKa, often known for his pieces that take a distorted view of reality, shows here a beautiful pointalism painting created using solely toothpicks. 



We were so happy to have Megan Massacre in the show! Megan Massacre is a renowned tattoo artist based in New York City and has been featured in shows such as America's Worst Tattoos and NY Ink. Not only could the lucky buyers take home one of Megan Massacre's drawings but they could have Megan herself tattoo it inside Cotton Candy Machine!




And for those of you who could not make it to the event, you are in luck! There are some incredible pieces left over and they are all available for purchase on our website!





Thank you to all the artists and everyone who came out to Tiny Trifecta this year and a special shoutout to Beau Stanton for this amazing mural, making the perfect backdrop for our Tiny Trifecta pieces!  Also thank you to Hi-Fructose and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for your wonderful coverage on the event! Each and every one of you made it such a special and memorable night. 

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