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


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 on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email 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!


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 on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email 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.


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


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

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

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


"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.

There Will Be Blood
Screening + live film score
Wordless Music Orchestra
with Jonny Greenwood
September 19-20, 2014

This fall, the Wordless Music Orchestra will once again collaborate with Jonny Greenwood for the U.S. premiere of There Will Be Blood Live: a full screening and live film score to Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece, which will be projected onto a massive 50′ movie screen at the historic and absurdly beautiful United Palace Theatre: the second-largest movie screen in all of New York City.

For these shows, the film’s original score–comprising music by Jonny Greenwood, Arvo Pärt, and Brahms–will be conducted by Ryan McAdams, and performed by 50+ members of the Wordless Music Orchestra, including Jonny Greenwood, who will play the ondes martenot part in both performances of his own film score. Tickets on sale NOW!

New York City based artist Tara McPherson has created a striking image for the shows! This 16" x 23", 5 color screen print will be available for purchase at both screenings to commemorate this memorable experience.

United Palace, NYC
4140 Broadway (at 175th Street), NYC
House opens at 6:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm

Friends, Family and Fans join us for this unforgettable event!

Sean Mahan: Spotlight and Upcoming Show!

Madhuvanthi Mohan
Tue 09.09.14
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: 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.

We got to interview this amazing artist, and learn a bit more about his process, his inspirations and what he's up to in the future. Make sure you catch some of Sean's amazing work at our first show of the fall from September 12 to October 5 at the Cotton Candy Machine!

Can you describe your process to us?

I like to draw ideas in aqua colored pencil to start with a more spontaneous gesture and then refine the idea before transferring it over to a panel. Then, a graphite drawing for an underpainting with acrylic washes layered over top.

Who are your favourite/most recent inspirations?

There are so many artists that I love, like Joey Ka-Yin Leung, Kwon Kyung-yup, Naoshi, Cat Chow, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Jenny Yang, Eltono, Momo, and many others.

What is your work space like?

I have a studio in the front of my house in Neptune Beach, FL. My dad is an architect and a while back his firm got rid of their drafting tables from the 50’s. We both took one home and I’ve been enjoying it since. The lighting is very nice and I have space for sewing as well.

How do you deal with creative blocks?

I find it’s helpful to draw off the cuff with a blue ball point pen with no expectations. It's fun to see what you might come up with and wonder where the idea came from.

What is your favourite city to live in and why?

I haven’t found it yet. Maybe Taipei, it was described as vegan paradise.

Can you tell us a bit about the pieces that are going to be in your upcoming show at the CCM?

I’m very interested in human nature and how it may be reflected in facial expression. The series of paintings that will be in the show are mostly figurative and carry along a few quiet themes. There’s an idea in ecology called “generational environmental amnesia” where each generation has an idea of what pristine nature was like based on how they remember it as kids, but with each generation the bar for pristine nature gets lower and lower, so each new generation has a diminished view of what “pristine” ought to be. I think something similar is happening culturally as capitalism becomes more and more efficient at commodifying everything. I think my generation might have an appreciation for 50’s and 60’s aesthetics because that’s the stuff that was still around when we were kids and it has a little more hand crafted design and beauty than stuff now that is more mass produced. I think it points somehow to our relationship with work and how fulfilling that work is to our human potential. Like, to me, making something start to finish, solving problems creatively along the way, is much more fulfilling than carrying out repetitive tasks in extreme division of labor. The paintings reflect these feelings along with the sweetness of our character that persists regardless.

Do you have any weird artist quirks?

Despite the above critique of efficiency squeezing out intrinsic value in favor of exchange value, I do like to make lists and timelines to organize efficient painting.

A photo of something around you that's inspiring you today?

Are there any new projects in the future that you're excited to talk about?

I’m very excited for the release this month of the new record from the band Sunshine State (ex-Against Me) on No Idea Records that I did the cover artwork for. I’m also very excited to be in several upcoming shows with Thinkspace Gallery including the Scope show at Art Basel Miami this December. I’m working on artwork now for the new release from the band FIRES and lots more fun stuff to come in the next year.

You can find more of Sean's awesome art at the Cotton Candy Machine Store!
We interviewed the crazy talented Ramiro Davaro-Comas whose upcoming show Manimal Friends at the Cotton Candy Machine is going to be amazing! Make sure you catch it!

Here's a short bio about Ramiro before the interview:

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1986, lives in Brooklyn, New York​.
Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American illustrator and painter living in Brooklyn. He has been illustrating and painting since he was a child, and his work is heavily influenced by his travels, street life, comic books, South American/European Muralism, skateboarding culture and animation. Davaro-Comas works within his own vocabulary of characters, symbols and iconography, creating fantastical worlds in which his characters float and loom about. His work has an underlying narrative that prods its viewer to ask questions and create their own story line to his images.
Ramiro has been publishing zines since 2010, and had his first full color book (Imaginationland) published alongside a solo show in July of 2013 at IDRAWALOT Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Davaro-Comas is set to release his second color book in June of 2014 called Manimal Friends. Manimal Friends is a 42 page full color book that teaches it readers the proper grouping name of animals through whimsical illustrations.
As of late, Davaro-Comas has been taking to the streets, and painting murals all over NYC, specifically in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. He continues to add colorful oddly shaped characters to the walls in Bushwick, adding Brooklyn to a list of cities that have his paint on their walls such as Providence, Portland, Boston, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Buenos Aires.

Can you describe your process to us?

I typically start off with a sketch of some sort to begin to put the work together, whether it is a mural or a illustration it's always the same. I like to walk around the city and draw characters I see, read comic books and check out other artists zines. Skateboarding always helps. But the best process of course is travelling. That is where you get all the epic juice you need to create.

Can you tell us how you set up Truco Studios?

Truco Studios is just the name of my studio, BUT it came about a bunch of years ago as an idea to get together with other artists and collaborate under this one name in Massachusetts. Now Truco Studios is the umbrella that I do all my projects under, publish zines/books and paint murals. I love to bring people in and collaborate with other artists as well for exhibits and murals.

Who are your favourite/most recent inspirations?

Wow there are too many to name. It seems like everyday there is another epic artist. But I would have to say that right now I am digging the work of David Cook, Pixel Pancho, Os Gemeos, Wayne White, so many.....

What is your work space like?

My work space is at my house. I live in an apartment that has room for my studio and plenty of lurking space. Its good because I like to roll out of bed, make some coffee, go out on the porch for a little bit, and then start working. I am more of a morning person in the studio, and a afternoon/night person for murals.

How do you deal with creative blocks?

I think everyone has creative blocks sometimes, and they are good. They force you to go out of your comfort zone and try something new. Creative blocks always lead to something great. I usually will just go out to the city and go to museums and galleries. I also love to skate, and skating around the city and seeing the crazy shit around here is a great way to get those blocks out of your way. Bike down Broadway in Brooklyn at midnight and your creative block will be gone.

What is your favourite city to live in and why?

Favorite city to live in?!!!!! This is wayyy too hard. I have lived in many different places but I would have to say that Berlin may take the cake. It's pure freedom...or at least it has been in the past couple of years since I have been showing over there. Its a city with no pressure, where you can get on your bike with your board and a beer, roll out to a good spot, skate, smoke a spliff, and then paint a mural......and no one cares. End the day with a schnitzel and a huge beer. EPIC.

Can you tell us a bit about the pieces that are going to be in your upcoming show at the CCM?

The pieces in the upcoming CCM show are from the Manimal Friends Book that I just published. Manimal Friends is an illustrated book that teaches its readers the proper grouping names of animals through whimsical and colorful illustrations. I started the book at an artist residency in upstate NY, and it got funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2013.
For the exhibit, we will have all the originals from the book framed.
Do you know what a group of Giraffes is called? A group of Wombats? This book will show you the way.

Do you have any weird artist quirks?

Weird artist quirks? Nahhhhh. I dont think so. Do I? I talk to myself, and laugh at my illustrations. Is that weird? Also, I cant spell weird, I spell it wierd, the computer is always underlining my shit.

A photo of something around you that's inspiring you today?

Yea sure here....Its my Friend KNOR's Zine. Its called Evil Squeeze and its fucking amazing! He comes out to the Roebling fair so you should find him there!!

Are there any new projects in the future that you're excited to talk about?

Upcoming Projects....hell yea.
I have a solo exhibit in Boston, at Casablanc Gallery on Saturday October 25th.
Its going to be insane, like walking into one of my paintings. It is going to be a full immersion exhibit that will be combining installation, murals, and original paintings to create this epic scene. To do all of this I am working with another artist Andrew Knox, who will be creating these neon clouds, a wall of 20 floating heads, and other secret stuff that I can't tell you about because we are not allowed to talk about it!!!
But seriously, its going to make your head explode.
Other than this, I am also working on another, illustrated book about vikings, some more murals down the road, and in the talks with some people about a larger, longer Manimal Friends 2!

You can follow Ramiro on instagram, and facebook, for more of his crazy awesome art, and pick up your copy of Manimal friends at the Cotton Candy Machine store over here!

Scott C: Spotlight and Book Release!

Madhuvanthi Mohan
Tue 08.26.14
We're so happy we got to interview the amazing Scott C! In this, he tells us about his workspace, his inspirations and how he loves to watercolour the heck out of things. His very first picture book that he's both authored and illustrated - Hug Machine - realeases today. Available on the Cotton Candy Machine site shortly, check back soon!

Scott Campbell (Scott C) is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid’s books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, focusing on comic and children’s book illustration. Soon after graduating, he began at Lucas Learning as concept artist on children’s video games.  Four years later, he joined Double Fine productions as Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend.  Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, “Igloo Head and Tree Head” series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, the Zombie In Love children’s book, and Psychonauts and Brutal Legend with Double Fine Productions. Scott lives in New York City.

Can you describe your process to us?

I like to get myself as relaxed as I can in order to generate ideas. I like to go to cafes and read my book and look out the window for awhile before I start drawing. I fill up sheets of copy paper with doodles, lists and words just to get loosened up.  Eventually some of those things lead to ideas.  I usually scan and compose these doodles in photoshop and print them out to trace them onto watercolor paper. I then just watercolor the heck out of them! I like rough paper and real loose painting. 

Who are your favorite/most recent inspirations?

My influences are always changing as I am exposed to more and more things. I am currently super into Jesse Moynihan's books, Amélie Fléchais's work, and anything that Koyama Press is putting out.  Annie Koyama has the best taste in things.
What is your work space like?

I share a space with three other artists of different disciplines. One designs book covers, another does editorial illustration and gallery work, while the third one designs typefaces! It is an exciting building to be in.  It is called the Pencil Factory and it is in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My space is pretty chill.  I got my books and my drawing table, my cintiq and my scanner. I am real excited about my old flat files I got from a closed down Chrysler factory.

How do you deal with creative blocks?

Gosh, those are rough. I usually need to step back, take a break and come at it from a completely different direction. Start clean. because sometimes I get caught up in certain elements that don't work and I need to clean my mind out. It gets clogged. I like to take walks and ride my bike around to chill on various benches under trees. Sometimes working on a completely different project can help free up one's mind.

What is your favorite city to live in and why?

I love living in New York City. I have been here for 6 years and I still love the energy, the trees, the buildings, the river. Everyone is working on something interesting. It is a fun place to work on your own things and fall into the flow of the creative river. There are all kinds of places to chill and explore. I love it so much. And the seasons help break up the year for me in a real rewarding way.

Can you tell us a bit about the pieces you just did for the Cotton Candy Machine x Stranger Factory show?

Sure! I painted a little fox for my friends new baby recently. His name was Sonny. So I called this fox Sonny. He likes to hang out in the forest with his forest friends. There also live some little skeleton guys who are super excited, but are often a nuisance to the other forest creatures, so Sonny has to battle them away.  But quite often they get a chance to relax and play music together. It was fun to paint a dark forest because my work is usually quite bright and happy. A good change of pace to explore this dark forest.

Are there any new projects in the future that you're excited to talk about?

Well, my very first picture book that i both authored and illustrated is coming out on August 26th!  I can't wait! It is called Hug Machine. You should all go hug it and then hug all of your friends and enemies.  

You can find tons of Scott C's products, art and other goodies on the Cotton Candy Machine site, here!

Fall Events at the Cotton Candy Machine!

Madhuvanthi Mohan
Fri 08.22.14
Here's a handy list of everything awesome the Cotton Candy Machine has lined up for you in the next few months, so you don't miss out on anything.
And make sure you stay tuned, because there are a bunch more events lined up, all to be announced soon!

The National Poster Retrospecticus

Saturday August 23rd & Sunday August 24th, 2014

Hello Brooklyn! The NPR is headed your way for an awesome weekend show at Cotton Candy Machine! The National Poster Retrospecticus is a traveling show of more than 300 hand-printed posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the USA.

Featured Artists: Two Arms Inc., Jay Ryan, Daniel Danger, Dan McCarthy, Hero Design Studio, Diana Sudyka, Miles Tsang and More!
Rad Sponsors: Dribbble, French Paper, The Half and Half
Don't forget to follow this awesome travelling show on Facebook for more dates on their tour!

Opening Event Saturday August 23rd
6 pm - 11 pm

Day Event Sunday August 24th
12 pm - 5 pm


Manimal Friends

Original Artwork from Ramiro Davaro-Comas
September 6

The Cotton Candy Machine is proud to be hosting Ramiro Davaro-Comas for an exhibit of original artwork from his newly released children's book, Manimal Friends! Manimal Friends is a big kids book that teaches its readers the proper grouping names of animals through colorful and whimsical illustrations. From a Barrel of Monkeys to a Bloat of Hippo's, Manimal Friends will keep you intrigued and laughing from cover to cover.

The idea for Manimal Friends came about one day as Ramiro Davaro-Comas was sitting in his apartment and he heard what sounded like a massive group of Buffalo running around in the upstairs apartment. He wondered what a group of Buffalo were called which he later found out was a Gang. This gang of Buffalo kicked off a million ideas and the project began to take form in May 2013 at an artist residency in NY. In December of 2013 the project was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign and the final leg of the book was completed.

Signing Event Saturday September 6th
7 to 11pm


Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever Book Signing

Come Meet the Geniuses Behind this Paragon of Punk Fan Fiction
Wednesday, September 10th

Tom Neely, creator of the cult phenomenon, Henry & Glenn Forever, will be joining us on Wednesday, September 10th to share his newly released Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, a new collection containing the comic strips, pin-up art and original covers from the previously serialized saga. Tom will be bringing some of the book's contributors along with him for the signing, so this is your chance to score autographs from sick comic artists like Keenan Marshall Keller, Kristina Collantes, Josh Bayer, Benjamin Marra, and Katie Skelly!

"June 23, 1955, some hellish crag opened up and spit out the mighty metal scion now known as Glenn Danzig. Through his work with the Misfits and his own eponymous band — plus his trips to the grocery store to buy kitty litter — the curmudgeonly doomster has influenced some untold astronomical number of reverent human beings. One of those is Los Angeles artist, author, and record nerd Tom Neely, who some number of years ago set out to depict "the greatest love story ever told" — a little cult-beloved slice of domestic bliss/angst called Henry & Glenn Forever, naturally revolving around the hypothetical romantic coupling of Mr. Danzig and one Henry Rollins. Neely and his friends' zine eventually became a comic, and in August it'll become a bona fide book. The Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever graphic novel compiles 20 short stories about these intense fellows and includes an original foreword written by Judas Priest's Rob Halford."
- Chris Martins, Spin Magazine
Read the whole article here!

Signing Event Wednesday September 10th
7 to 8pm


Sean Mahan & Elizabeth Winnel
September 12th - October 5th

Our first show of the Fall will be celebrating two incredible artists, Sean Mahan and Elizabeth Winnel, both of which you might remember from this year's Tiny Trifecta! Sean first showed with us last December, as part of our first Brooklyn Biennial Submission group show. His work stunned us all and we couldn't be happier to have this Florida-based painter back in New York! This show will mark Elizabeth's first time showing her larger works with us, although her tiny Lip paintings sold quickly at this year's Trifecta.

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: 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, Kids on Bikes, and more.

Elizabeth Winnel
received a BFA from in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and currently lives in Toronto, Canada. In her paintings she endeavors to make apparent the dichotomy of interior and exterior in relation to her self-image. Winnel begins each painting with a layer of drips, splashes and bleeding, the ‘associative layer’ binding form and color for emotive effect. The second layer depicts herself in vulnerable and often erotic poses. The aim is not self-objectification, but reflection and analysis.

Opening Event Friday September 12th
7pm to 11pm


Camilla D'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

Niji Bambini
October 10th - November 9th

Camilla d'Errico finds joy in angst - in shape and in form, in color and in texture – and in the embodiment of passion. She loves capturing the tension, the drama, and the unrest in people’s faces and showing them a reflection of their own deep seated emotions. It is about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express.

Hikari Shimoda 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.

Opening Event Friday October 10th
7pm - 11pm


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


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


Alexandra Lobo
Sat 08.02.14

In mid July, the Cotton Candy Machine teamed up with the Stranger Factory Gallery based in Albuquerque, New Mexico to bring you a unique show experience!
Those rare few who were able to visit both venues got to have the opportunity to see familiar works from the spectacular artists who were in both shows simultaneously.

The event was a complete success, with a majority of the pieces being sold on opening night.

The artists Tina Lugo, Joe Scarano, Jeremy Hush and our very own Tara McPherson atttended the Cotton Candy Machine that night to support the gallery while showing off their amazing pieces.

In case you missed the show thus far, don't fear!
The pieces will still be on display until August 10th.
Also if you are interested in buying some of the remaining original pieces from the show come visit us at the Cotton Candy Machine or head on over to our official store!

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 For more info, contact Karl at

- 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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