The Cotton Candy Machine is booked from now to December with a lineup that will cater to everyone's artistic needs to infinity and beyond. With the likes of Glenn Barr, Dima Drjuchin, Lori Nelson, Moki, Brian Sparrow, Junko Mizuno, and a submission show chalked full of talent gracing us all with their presence, Friday and Saturday nights will be time well spent far until we are back in the snow.

Glenn Barr is going to start off the streak on July 17th at 7 pm with an incredible solo exhibition sure to surpass expectations. He is a Detroit native whose work has been featured nationwide from San Francisco to New York. Glenn's work is featured in graphic novels and comics, and he has worked with Mad, DC Comics, Paradox Press, and a series of books called HEEP. His animation work is prevalent in The Ren and Stimpy Show, the animated portion of the Bjork I Miss You video, and The New Woody Woodpecker show. This isn't Glenn's first rodeo at CCM either, back in September of 2012 he exhibited paintings, prints, and merch for his show Detroit Rooms.



Glenn's surreal creatures, specters and tragic characters live in a seedy universe, drenched in the grit and haze of a post-apocalyptic urban dreamscape. His Detroit work has been labeled Pop Surrealism, Pop Pluralism, Lowbrow, Underground, Regional, Outsider, Ashcan or as he coins the phrase “B Culturalism”. Barr finds inspiration in the city streets as well as from pop and counter cultures that infuse a familiarity in his many parallel realities. With a nod to old master painting, pulp art, comics and animation, Barr's paintings are mesmerizing in their narrative complexities and technical depth.

Here's one of the giclees still available for purchase from the last time we had Glenn show us his world.



Ironing
$175.00
Giclee Print
15.5" x 20"
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100

Be sure to come hang out July 17th to welcome Glenn back to CCM and take a dive into a parallel universe born from Glenn Barr's brain, and check him out on instagram @glbarr His show will end August 9th to make way for our next victim: Dima Drjuchin.

Dima Drjuchin is no stranger to the Cotton Candy Machine. His story starts in Moscow where he was born, but he grew up to be an artist/musician 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.

For this solo show Dima has branched into 3D paper mache work that he's been previewing to us via instagram and tumblr.







Dima's planning to incorporate this new 3D work into his upcoming show, which will definitely add a new angle to his already bad-ass reputation at CCM.

We linked up with Dima at the first biennial submission show back in 2013, and he's frequented this lair ever since with a group show with Ciou and Malojo the following year, and Fuck You I'm Batman after that. His solo exhibition will open August 14th and is sure to not disappoint. You can follow Dima's art on instagram @dimadrjuchin to keep up to date with all the wonder.

Next on the agenda are some powerful ladies, Lori Nelson and Moki Mioke will be having a group show opening September 11th. Both are very familiar with the Cotton Candy Machine with their involvement in multiple past shows. Moki and Lori first debuted at CCM in the 2nd and 3rd annual Tiny Trifecta back in 2013 with the company of many other talented artists, and have since participated in multiple Tiny Trifectas, leaving their mark on a place they would soon become very friendly with.



Nelson also participated in a group show with Jessicka Adams and Lindsay Way in 2015, That Which Does Not Kill You..., and this will be Moki's solo debut at the Cotton Candy Machine.



This original is available for purchase,
The Internet Was a Kitten-Headed Eagle
Original Art by Lori Nelson
$375.00
Watercolor, ink gouache, vintage papers, image-14 x 10, Framed



Nelson painting the door for the That Which Does Not Kill You exhibition back in 2014.

Lori is a Utahn living in New York City going on ten years now. She paints in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and maneuvers her bike through the cobblestone streets, under and around the cathedral bases of the massive Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Lori loves to stand on the edge of the East River to see what has been hauled up out of the giant old garbage dump deep under the grey ribbon of water; one hundred year old china shards, rounded off factory bricks, chickenwire glass....New Yorkers of yestercentury, she is examining your refuse. In her work she strives to take ownership of the human narrative, but not too much so. Lori thinks of paintings almost as film-stills from really good and horrible movies that a lot of people feel strongly about for various reasons. Sometimes linking these stills up to create a larger narrative. The human story, with its layers of garbage, is her favorite read, certainly, and possibly her favorite movie.



Onset of Ugly
Original Art by Lori Nelson
$700.00
Oil on Wood
11 x 14 Inches

German artist Moki Mioke works in different styles and techniques including surreal paintings, comics, animation, toys and performance art. Her acrylic paintings are inspired by Japanese anime of Hayao Miyazaki as well as beautiful and mossy Northern landscapes. Moki Mioke states: "Nature itself is an art, and it is the most beautiful thing that can be created." - Ignant.com





Moki harnesses a level of patience that many human beings could never even fathom, taking the time to painstakingly replicate multiple wood grain patterns into her meticulous and beautiful compositions. She recently participated in the 2015 Tiny Trifecta, selling out her three submissions to the show.

You can follow Lori on instagram at @lorinelsonart and keep up with Moki on flickr, vimeo, and facebook!

Following this incredible opening will be Brian Sparrow's opening Underworlds on September 19th which will be up until October 4th. "My work is simple but it does not get there simply. The symbols explore the relationships and meanings between places and people in my world. This world is an internal space kept since childhood. I am sifting through it to find what things mean and when there is no meaning I make it up. Two prominent symbols are the black dog, which has become an icon representing myself, and the arch, a symbol for belief. I work with mediums of multiples because symbols have power when they are multiplied for all to see."

 



In this new series of scultpures, Brian further explores the upside-down coffin motif that he has worked with for the past few years. For the very first time, scenes and elements from his personal "creation myth" will have three-dimensional form, inviting us into the strange worlds of an alternative past. Brian first showed with us as part of They Live: Exhibited Works and then again in the Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta. This will be his first solo show with us and we couldn't be more excited!



One of the original pieces Sparrow submitted for the Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta, G P Dog.

Be sure to keep up with all things Brian Sparrow by following him on instagram @_black_dog

Next up on the list is Junko Mizuno, who will be having a solo show opening November 13th. Junko 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 next exhibition will be here in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has shown with us in all five of the Tiny Trifectas, and with David M. Cook back in 2014. We can't wait to have her back!



Here's one of the pieces Mizuno submitted for the 2015 Tiny Trifecta, where all her pieces sold.



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

Finally on the Menu following Ms. Junko we have our econd ever Brooklyn Biennial Submissional kicking off on December 4th.



The last time we did this
Cotton Candy Machine was introduced to 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, which are a group of people who have genuinely impacted the gallery since. This year we are so excited to do it again. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, send some examples over to Info@thecottoncandymachine.com.

Stay tuned for information on the giclees that will be printed for these shows, as always there will be new ones available for purchase.

Alright folks, that's the next 6 months or so all laid out for you. Be sure to stay updated on these events by following @thecottoncandymachine on instagram!

Hope to see your lovely faces at these awesome upcoming shows!
 




Tiny Trifecta Preview

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15



It's that time of year again for the Cotton Candy Machine! The Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta show is fast approaching, June 6th at 7 pm! A plethora of artists providing three pieces each to the show, all at $100 a pop. All original work will be sold first come first served in order for those who wait and preregistration begins the day of the show at 4pm! Art enthusiasts line up for the most unique show we do, here's some dedicated homies from last year!

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

Curated by Tara McPherson





This is a day you won't want to miss, here's a preview of some of the amazing work that will be available for purchase in this massive show!



Jim McKenzie for Tiny Trifecta @jimmckenzie



Killer Acid is joining the ranks this year! @killeracid




Michael Hacker returns for another year of the Trifecta! @michaelhackerillustration



Kelly Denato for Tiny Trifecta! @nopunchbacks



Esao Andrews for Tiny Trifecta! @esao


Matt Richie for Tiny Trifecta! @rat136




Mab Graves for Tiny Trifecta! @mabgraves



Isabel Samaras for Tiny Trifecta! @isabelsamaras.art



Brandi Milne for Tiny Trifecta! @brandimilne



Arabella Proffer for Tiny Trifecta! @arabellaproffer



#zoebyland for Tiny Trifecta! @#zoebyland

Be sure to get a spot in line to witness the magic. It's going to be a good night in the Cotton Candy Machine!

@thecottoncandymachine



























Myles Karr in the House

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15
Today is a big day for the Cotton Candy Machine, our first ever in-house tattoo session courtesy of Myles Karr! His set up is in our shop today instead of his usual Three Kings Tattoo, and we are very happy to have him. We invite all who can come to the shop and get inked! Myles will be here all day, doing all new designs, many of which are inspired CCM artists, Like Dima Drjuchin, Allison Sommers and Daniel Danger. All tattoos will cost between $100-150, so come early to put your name on the list! The event will work on a first-come-first-serve basis and we promise to supply tons of eye candy while you wait!

Take a look at the designs you can acquire on your flesh today from this very talented man:







All set up and ready to go!







The first tattoo to ever be completed in the Cotton Candy Machine's walls! 





An Allison Sommers inspired piece! Check it out, here's her original painting, still available for sale:



Misere Nobis
Original Art
by Allison Sommers
Gouache, Mixed Media and Collage on Paper, Framed
12 x 9.5 Inches
$750.00

There is a first time for everything and we are very happy with how this is going. Stop in and get inked, or just watch Myles do his thing and check out the work we have up for They Live, which ends tomorrow! 


@myleskarr
@threekingstattoo
@thecottoncandymachine
@awsommers
@dimadrjuchin
@tinymediaempire
@taramcpherson



An Interruption Of Blood

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15
Tara McPherson has a new giclee available in the shop, check out this beautiful woman: An Interruption of Blood is an oil painting on linen that Tara did for the Juxtapoz 20th anniversary show in LA, 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz. This also happens to be a work that caused an uproar on instagram regarding the #FreetheNipple cause, arguing that there is a disconnect in fairness regarding female nudity on the internet vs. male nudity, resulting in Instagram issuing an apology to Tara and removing the flag on the photo. Instagram's anti-topless mission infiltrating the fine art world was what was most disconcerting, as this is not an obscene image in virtually any sense of the word, but it seems as though they are loosening their clutches somewhat on these regulations after instances such as this keep occurring. It's truly refreshing to see a point proven on the basis of defending a work of art, proving the immense power that a painting can harness. The influence of the visual arts can sometimes be discredited or forgotten in this day and age, but instances like this prove that mindset to be obtuse. 
 
An Interruption Of Blood
Giclees
by Tara McPherson
$70.00

This giclee used the image from Tara's original oil painting, Created for the Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary show in Los Angeles.

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100
17" x 21.5"

Use promo code "Springsale" to save 15%!

Keep up with Tara as she prepares for her upcoming solo exhibition at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome by following her on instagram @taramcpherson


Secret Serpents and Faith No More

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.16.15
Tara McPherson has a wide repetoire when it comes to making artwork and posters for musicians. The correlation between the visual arts and music is something to be celebrated, which McPherson wastes no time in doing. She has created artwork for seemingly all the best, making corresponding pieces for the musical stylings of so many talented soundmakers: Kings of Leon, The Mars Volta, Blonde Redhead, Interpol, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, The Hives, There Will Be Blood, Mastodon and many others. 



Most recently Tara has been working with Faith No More, who is currently on their 2015 tour. Tara has some beautiful printed posters for them, and there is a limited amount still available for sale, all signed by the artist herself. They can be purchased from the Secret Serpents online store, a company who sells a variety of printed artwork as well as original artwork for a variety of different bands. 

Regular Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$40


Variant Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$100


McPherson created a poster for each night that Faith No More played at Webster Hall in New York City on this tour. Each poster also has a variant edition, featuring the exact same poster but in an alternative colorway. The regular prints come in an edition of 115, while the variant edition size is a mere 35!  Because the edition size is so small, these variant prints cost a bit more, but the killer purple hues make it well worth those extra bucks. There is a limited amount still available for sale, all signed and numbered by the artist herself.

Regular Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$40


Variant Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$100


McPherson has worked to make posters for Faith No More in the past, such as this one from a show in Williamsburg in 2010, which is no longer available for purchase from Secret Serpents (or anywhere else!), but is eternally rad and therefore has been added to this blog post.



Faith No More is killing it this year, all their posters are exclusively only available through Secret Serpents. Follow Faith No More on instagram if you want to stay updated on all of the wickedness @faithnomore 



Tara took this killer shot from one of the nights at Webster!

You can follow Secret Serprents on instagram to keep up with poster updates and to follow some really cool bands @secretserpents

Also be sure to follow
@thecottoncandymachine and @taramcpherson for updates on all the illustration fine/art artists that you could possibly sink your teeth into.

Mad Max: Fury Road Inspired Artists

Kelly Garrett & Grace Lang
Sat 05.16.15
It is fascinating to witness overlap in creative fields, and to see how the influences of 2D productions can expand and infiltrate 3D and 4D work. For George Miller's latest creation of the horrifying dystopian society that is "Mad Max: Fury Road", he enlisted the help of many talented artists to assist him in the storyboard process during preliminary stages of the film. The end result is a catalogue of artist responses to a war ravaged, water-deprived, destitute landscape that Miller has manifested from the deepest, darkest cavities of his brain. The book, "Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists," contains incredible artwork from artists scattered all over the world,
including but not limited to our very own Tara McPherson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Bermejo, Dave Johnson, Paul Pope, a friend of The Cotton Candy Machine who has shown his work on our walls, David Mack, Howard Chaykin, Nicola Scott, Gabriele Dell'Otto, Cliff Chiang, George Pratt, Tommy Lee Edwards, John Paul Leon, Teddy Kristiansen, Simon Bisley, Gilbert Hernandez, Javier Pulido, Declan Shalvey, Rebekah Isaacs, Dave McKean, and many more!  It includes a brief commentary from each artist, with a forward by George Miller. The book has been released by DC Comic's imprint, Vertigo in conjunction to the film's May release.



For many artists, the question, "what is your inspiration?" can be somewhat daunting. An often elusive force, an artist's inspiration is constantly evolving, finding new ways to manifest in the work. Sometimes, all of the specific influences that lead to a piece's completion are tough to pin down, even for the artists themselves. When it comes to inspiration, there's usually a little bit of this and a little bit of that, sprinklings of the countless ideas and images that make up our creative lives. Knowing this, it is always fun to find ways in which different artists work from the same basic inspiration. Director George Miller clearly recognizes this, calling his curated book  "a brigade of wonderful artists from all around the planet 'freestyling' their responses to the movie." The book is a codex of interpretations, all stemming from the same dystopic universe but ending up in their very own realms of Mad Max territory.

Take, for instance, Tara's painting of the characer Furiosa played by Charlize Theron, shown below. 



Tara McPherson writes "She has such a strong look and intense makeup that really resonated with me. I knew I had to paint her the instant I saw her,". McPherson is known for her compelling ability to depict powerful, independent women of all sorts. Charlize Theron's character in this movie is more than appropriate subject matter for McPherson, as she completely proves to be a prominent symbol for female strength. The fact that Tara felt so attracted to the character's intense makeup is no surprise to fans of her work. Many of Tara's paintings and drawings use makeup to convey complex emotions rather than simply a pretty face. From her dripping heart-tears to her candy colored corpse paint, Tara's use of makeup (much like her girls themselves) depict both human strength and human vulnerability. Makeup is the impermanent mask we choose to show the world, a mask capable of both camoflaging and revealing the person underneath. This feels especially true for a character like Furiosa, a woman once valued only for exploitation who has risen up for the sake of justice. The soot and dust that surround her, evidence of her struggling world, create the intense makeup that so many find commanding.



As was Miller's intention in curating this project, the book contains multiple interpretations of the same characters, each crafted by a different hand. This demonstrates that although multiple artists chose the same starting point from which to work, they chose these points for different reasons and took them in different directions. Like Tara, David Mack also chose the character Furiosa as his focus. Although he does not mention the character's iconic makeup look as the specific element that fuelled the piece, he certainly includes it. Mack's added commentary reads, “For this new film, I was fascinated with the religious connotations. The iconography and tribalism based on a belief system with a central metaphor of the machine."

Ryan Kelly, too, focuses on the film's heroine, as well as the other powerful females surrounding her. In a more classic comic style, this piece captures its characters mid-movement, each of them braving the elements of a ruthless wasteland. In Furiosa's face and stance, we see a determined warrior prepared for anything.




Marguerite Sauvage is another artist who felt instantly attracted to Furiosa's power. She states, “the women characters; so beautiful, strong and numerous, these female characters had to be the main part of my image. I also was struck by the image of the abandoned dead tree in this red or blue desert of dust, so I took care to integrate it into my image. Then my image will speak by herself about the feelings I wanted to convey, from determination to faith or fate.”



Here's a look at Paul Pope's piece for the book, which also focuses on some of the film's badass babes.



"Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists." is available for purchase through Vertigo as well as through Amazon. Be sure to get a copy to take a look at the vast array of astounding responses to the post-apocalyptic wasteland Miller conceived.



George Miller was interested in the idea of a female road warrior that would be equivalent to Max for this installment, and praised Theron for her complete dedication and the authenticity she brought to the role. He referred to the women in the movie as an organic element that he would definitely like to incorporate more into future installments. Theron commented on Miller's capacity for celebrating the female race with "I always had this little voice in my head of George going, 'well, now I'm going to show you a real woman.' When you come across that rare filmmaker that really wants to embrace that, it's really nice, and should there be more of that? Hell yeah."



In the movie, a tyrannical warlord holds women captive to utilize as his sex slaves and wet nurses, treating them like his own personal livestock. Furiosa, played by Theron, breaks free from this imprisonment and becomes a renegade for the others still under the warlord's control, complete with a shaved head and a mechanical arm that she rigged herself, allowing her to be a sharpshooter who can also operate an 18 wheel war machine through the desert. She's trying to liberate the other women the warlord has in his clutches, who are also all firey, strong woman in their own right.

Tara McPherson and Charlize Theron are both powerful examples of strong women who are capable of tackling many things at once while retaining a level of self love and respect that is beautiful and inspriing to women as a whole. McPherson's interpretation of Furiosa completely captures this feeling of liberation, strength, and determination present in the character's heart. 

Check out the trailer for George Miller's latest masterpiece, featuring powerhouse and dignitary of the female race Charlize Theron. 

Be sure to keep up to date with all things Cotton Candy Machine by following us on instagram! 
@thecottoncandymachin
A few weeks ago Cotton Candy Machine had its second ever zine fest presented by Wizard Skull and Killer Acid. The variety of the artists stretched far, offering everyone something they'd find a specific interest in. We had the zines of Matt Crabe, Tuesday Bassen, Night Watch Studios, Jennifer Calandra, Penelope Gazin, Abe Lincoln Jr., Tallboy, Caca Pasa, Wizard Skull, Tallboy, Arlin Ortiz, Chris Uphues, Jason Roy, Kris Mukai, Josh Burggraf.

There's something cathartic about zines. They are generally under ten dollars or free, making them completely accessible forms of art that can be mass produced. A zine is an effective mode of communication for this reason, it is portable, durable, and not costly. The disposable qualities of some of them are frankly just refreshing, putting in perspective the value of everything. A zine could be printed on computer paper and stapled together haphazardly, and still become someone's most prized posession. The value of something does not have to be defined by a crisp white gallery wall or an expensive frame. Art making has no boundaries, there is great value that comes ultimately from the beholder and thought. 

There are many zines still available for purchase in the shop on our book stand  from this awesome event that we hope to continue to have annually, here's some photos from the party: 















Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine on instagram to keep up to date with events and the amazing artists that find their way into this place. 

THEY LIVE

Kelly Garrett
Fri 05.08.15


Recently a group show of epic proportions has been introduced to the Cotton Candy Machine's walls: They Live. The amazing artists featured in this gigantic collection include Alex Pardee, Allison Sommers, Andre Bouzikov, Arik Roper, Boy Kong, Brandi Milne, Brandt Peters, Charlie Immer, Chris Uphues , Ciou, Daniel Danger, David M. Cook, Dima Drjuchin, Elizabeth Winnel, Farron Loathing, Grace Lang, Hikari Shimoda, Karl Deuble, Katie Carillo, Kelly Denato, Kraken, Lauren YS, Lori Nelson, Lucas Ruggieri, Malojo, Nathan Jurevicius, Ramiro Davaro Comas, Sean Mahan, Seher, Seldon Hunt, Skinner, Smithe, Tina Lugo, and of course, Wizard Skull.

The walls are vibrating with the voices and minds of these gifted creators. A mammoth amount of artwork and talent is present in this space until May 31st. With the install of this show came a sweep of new giclee prints from the ever lovely Lori Nelson and our buddy Dima Drjuchin available for purchase, signed and numbered by the artists responsible. Take a look at the new prints available!

Supermoon
Giclees
by Lori Nelson
$30.00

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

Onset of Ugly
Giclees

by Lori Nelson
$30.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
8.5" x 11"



Amazing Larry
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$30.00

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

Old Kid Crashes The Party
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$60.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
17" x 17"



Return of the Wonderer
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$30.00

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


It's a great time to come into the shop and spend a while getting a look at all of this work in person. The blood sweat and tears in these works is almost tangible. 













Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine on instagram to stay up to date with events at the gallery and information about the all the artists that come through here.  Also don't forget to keep checking the website for updates on new prints and artwork available for purchase. What a time to be alive with all this artwork at your fingertips!


 



Short Sleeves and Spraypaint

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.02.15
With the Brooklyn summer charging towards us in full throttle, the sun is shining and the walls outside are buzzing. Artists are getting up everywhere in this neck of the woods: Tristan Eaton, Grace Lang, Lauren YS, K-NOR, and DIMA Drjuchin are tearing up walls left and right with a vengeance. An artistic odyssey, a quest for creation, a journey to allow the greater good a peak into the brains of these amazing makers on a large and public scale at everyone's disposal, making this concrete city a colossal gallery at everyone's fingertips.

Let's take a look into the minds of our artists:

TRISTAN EATON

Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and Brooklyn. After growing up on comic books, graffiti and skateboard culture, Tristan designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and began working as an artist full-time. He has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’, designing the Dunny and Munny figures for Kidrobot.

Shortly after studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Tristan founded Thunderdog Studios, of which he was the President and Creative Director for 10 years. Thunderdog Studios regularly designs and consults for clients such as Nike, Disney and Barack Obama on projects that span the globe across all mediums. In 2012, Tristan moved back to his childhood home of Los Angeles to pursue his paintings and large scale mural projects full-time. Tristan’s work can be seen in galleries around the world and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).



Tristan working on his part of a collaborative wall with Cyrcle"We left our families, We abandoned our homes, We worked for nothing, We slept on floors, We partied hard, We lost our minds, We danced with the devil, We faced our fears, We swallowed our pride, We gave our hearts, We tried and failed, We followed our dreams, We are cyrcle, We never die!"


More shots of collaborative wall.



Ronan looking out for Tristan Eaton.



The wall has been Ronan-approved even before its completion.



Work in Progress on the Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle wall.

Be sure to keep up with Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle by following them on Instagram if you feel so inclined:

@tristaneaton

@CYRCLE

GRACE LANG

Our very own Grace Lang is tearing up the town, getting up in Bushwick and on the Roebling Wall, and even on rooftops with the lovely Lauren YS. Grace has an affinity for tough music and dreams of being Buffy or an alchemist. She studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design while also gaining a BA in Literature from Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts. Grace strives to give her demons and the warriors that slay them form, and is very much interested in the relationship between mind and body. She breathes a light into heavier topics in not-so-serious ways, making her work relatable to many by addressing fears, hopes, and anxieties in a more victorious way. Much of Grace's work stems from the belief that personal demons don't have to be enemies, but can rather be aspects of ourselves that are utilized for good. 



Grace's killer mural in Bushwick by the L train.

Grace Lang and Lauren YS collab up in the sky, Grace did the beast and Lauren did the Babe.



Grace Lang babe on the Roebling wall.

Be sure to stay updated on all things Grace by following her Instagram:

@grooseling

LAUREN YS

Lauren YS moved from Denver to the Bay five years ago to attend Stanford University where she studied Visual Art and English. Unsatisfied with the gallery grind, she started painting murals as a way to work large, travel, connect with urban landscapes and other artists who share a lifestyle of wanderlust. She is inspired by forests and oceans, nasty feelings, things that grow while we are sleeping, ultraviolet colorscapes, little girls who fight monsters, black holes, cybernetic organisms, love, death and jelly.



Lauren's completed gate on the Roebling Wall.



Work in Progress on the gate.



Lauren being a rockstar. 

Follow Lauren on Instagram to keep up with her amazing work:

@lolo_ys

K•NOR

K•NOR is a Brooklyn artist and designer with a penchant for weirdness. He has displayed work in group shows across the US and has worked with top action sports brands including Vans, Burton, Rome SDS, Armada Skis, Vice Media, and Focus Skate Mag. He's been working on a gate at Dardy Bar  just a few doors down from Cotton Candy. 



The finished gate for Dardy Bar.

Be sure to keep up with K•NOR by following his instagram:

@knorcrap


DIMA DRJUCHIN

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. 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.

“My work channels different points of reference from my Russian background, to pop culture, to comic books, to fine art, to spirituality, to the occult. I can’t truly say that it’s a commentary on anything, because I am not interested in judging anyone or any thing. I believe it’s more of a reflection of multiple influences that get filtered through my mind and come back out all at once on my canvas redefined to my own liking. That said, I also try not to take anything too seriously and on some level I believe I still paint in a similar mind set I did as a child scribbling on a piece of paper. Most of my ideas are on the spot and I let how I’m feeling at that moment guide me to what happens next in the piece. I think ultimately I’m just trying to entertain myself.”



Dima touching up his gate on Roebling.

Stay up to date with Dima by following his instagram:

@dimadrjuchin


The creative energy these people possess is enough to rule the world, check this stuff out while you're walking the streets on the beautiful summer days that await us. Nothing beats the chance to see a massive work of art with no strings attached. No museum fees, no uppity environment. Just raw, stripped down, paint on brick. There's something beautifully honest about the simplicty of the act itself paired with the extensive impact it can have on those who see it. Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine  for updates on the artists and walls in the area, and keep an eye out for these amazing art warriors. 






Tina Lugo
and David Cook brought the house down this past friday, marking four years of The Cotton Candy Machine's existence as a gallery, with fitting magnitude. The show filled Cotton Candy with countless people yearning to take a look at what Lugo and Cook brought to the table with their shows "Sleep Sex" and "Seeing Machines", respectively. Their focuses and divergent styles complemented each other in a blissfully offbeat sort of way that was well recieved by those who stopped in to check it out. If you did not get a chance to make it to this opening, do not fret, for these bodies of work will stay up for the next month.

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. 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.

For "Sleep Sex", Tina has focused her brush on twisted bedroom scenes. Half fantasy and half nightmare, these new paintings instantly evoke a raw emotional response from everyone who comes across them. Whether it's a stifled giggle or a gutteral shudder, your body can't help but react to Tina's dark and sometimes silly imagery.

Here's Tina working and her installation piece for "Sleep Sex", definitely something to come check out in person.




David M. Cook is the architect of a mischievous microcosm. Amicable and unassuming, he hardly seems the “type” to consistently and skillfully crank out such a lewd labyrinth of work, but the cheeky hedonism comes all too naturally. Based in Brooklyn but originally from Louisville, Kentucky, David (who also answers to Bonethrower) uses no shortage of fine lines to design a world that is equal parts modern mysticism and memento mori—at the end of the day, it all sinks in like a psychotropic drug. David has been in Los Angeles working away and we are so excited to have him back here on the East Coast! His iconic Robot Skulls has evolved over the years to take on new meaning and shape. "Seeing Machines" is the perfect amalgamation of his vision.



What better way to acknowledge this milestone than by pairing beloved veteran artist at Cotton Candy, Cook, with especially impressive newcomer to Cotton Candy, Lugo, in order to conceive a culmination of amorous erotica and precision memento mori? Something old, something new...but what do we have that's borrowed or blue? MERCH! We have merch. Except you don't have to give anything back, it's yours to keep. Lugo and Cook both have giclee prints available for purchase, as well as some pretty sweet additions to your wardrobe. The smaller giclees, Cosmos and Backdoor Pussycat, are editions of 20, while the larger Seeing Machine and A.D.I.D.A.S. are editions of 25. Get them while you can!


Cosmos

$15.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
7" x 5"



Backdoor Pussycat

$30.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
8.5" x 11"

Seeing Machines
$70.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
16" x 22"


A.D.I.D.A.S.
$70.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
17" x 22"

There are also still some original pieces from these exceptional creators available for purchase. Get one (or two, or 5, or all of them) while you still can. For instance, Stella and Harley, Patti and Robert, Sean and Tara, and Maggie and Ricardo are a gang that is fleetingly available. Or perhaps you want to snag Forever My Pillow Princess or What Came in the Night before it's too late!




Stella and Harley
$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches




Patti and Robert
$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches



Sean and Tara
$1100.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
21 x 25.5 Inches



Maggie and Ricardo

$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches



Forever My Pillow Princess
$400.00
Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches



What Came in the Night

$400.00
Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches


Again, if you missed out on the opening, no worries! Tina and David will have their work up until May 3rd, so get on over here! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us for this event, and thank you to all who have supported The Cotton Candy Machine for the past four years.



Death is Coming: Memento Mori

Kelly Garrett
Sat 03.07.15
The snow is no match for the frigid grip of death that is imminent on The Cotton Candy Machine's walls. An unconventional solace from the cold can be found at 235 South 1st Street starting this month. As you escape the biting chill of outdoors, your goosebumps will be provoked by a different provenience than the icy concrete. Not to fear, for this exploration of mortality is something to revel in. Six veterans of cessation will be manifesting their respective views of the physicality of eternal demise, beginning on no more appropriate a date than Friday the 13th. Read on for further information on each of our various friends of the Reaper, and be sure to come experience how wonderful it can be to let death infect your soul.

Andrei Bouzikov was born in Vitebsk Belarus in 1979. He was taught art by his parents at an early age. After receiving an award for Excellence in Visual Arts from high school, he decided to become an artist. Andrei's art reflects his childhood and the surroundings he grew up in. Fascinated with his native country's past, he creates haunted and surreal images of war, religion, broken dreams and an uncertain future. At a young age he would spend most of his time in Belarasian forests, researching for artifacts from the past. Andrei immigrated to the United States in 1996 at the age 16. In 2000 he attended the Academy of Art University, where with the help of the Universitys exellent instructors he polished his painting and drawing skills. In 2006 Andrei left school to persue a career as a freelance illustrator. Andrei currently lives and works in the Lower Haight in San Francisco.





Thomas Hooper
is a tattooer, artist, husband, and a father who lives in Austin, Texas, where he works out of Rock of Ages Tattoo. His sensibilities as an artist are defined by how he incorporates his other life titles into his tattooing. With muted color palettes of blacks and grays interrupted with occasional accents of color, detailed linework that echoes his expertism in tattooing, and atmospheric washes and textures, Hooper achieves communicating an opinion of death that viewers can welcome with open tattered-cloaked arms. Hooper's work is prevalent in wearable forms besides the permanent art he leaves within the flesh of those who seek him out; he also has apparel and metal work.





Seldon Hunt has been working as an art director, designer and illustrator since 1995. In recent years much of his output has been devoted to creating a diverse and highly recognizable body of visuals that have become synonymous with contemporary heavy metal. Legendary bands he has worked with have include to name but a few, Isis, Neurosis, High on Fire, Melvins, sunno))), Pelican and Nachtmystium. His voluminous output of the beautiful to the macabre to the sublime and disturbing has graced the apocalyptic sonic releases of some of modern metals most profound masters. Everything from LP and CD covers, to posters, t shirts, skate boards and apparel have been graced by his complex visions of the fantastagoric. He has collaborated frequently with metal grand sage of the underground Stephen O’Malley on various projects. His work is exhibited globally and appears regularly in music, art, culture and design publications as well as being displayed in many new books on contemporary design and illustration.






Farron Loathing's
phantasmagoria can be felt throughout the underground Metal music scene and other spheres of cool, in t-shirts, album covers, concert posters. band logos, skate boards, video games, toys, and motion pictures, all corrupted by Farron's macabre imagination. His major influences include Albrecht Durer, Marvel Comics, Austin Spare, folklore and the occult, thus creating a language with which to express the dark beauty of a hidden world that whispers to him from beyond the infinite chasms of the sub-conscious.






Arik Moonhawk 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, graphic illustration, and animation.





Allison Sommers
is a Brooklyn-based art-worker. She graduated from the University of Virgina with a BA in history and a concentration in early medieval England. Atelierbetriebe is her art-working studio, a factory of non-commodity manufacture, an ethic of both work and art. She practices art like a tinker or philosopher-alchemist would approach their workshop, meaning all avenues are considered, objects and drawings are continuously evolving. Constant motion is an important driving force, fingers are always fiddling, marks are always being made. For Allison, art is a verb. She makes paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, miniatures, and assemblages. All pathways of making are fair game.





Memento Mori

Andrei Bouzikov, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Farron Loathing, Arik Roper and Allison Sommers

March 13th to April 5th, 2015

Opening Event Friday March 13th
7pm to 11pm

Please contact Grace at info@thecottoncandymachine.com to be included in the online preview, or for general questions about this marvelously cadaverous show! And don't forget...death is coming!




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