Internet Friends by Lori Nelson

Grace Lang
Tue 11.25.14
Lori Nelson's massive panel painting...It started as a fun addition to our booth at New York Comic Con, but quickly became so much more! Sponsored and supported by the incredible folks at Golden Paints and Trekkel Brushes, the CCM Comic Con experience was pushed to the next level by the five amazing women we had live painting at the booth. As stunned attendees walked by, gawking and snapping iphone shots, Tara McPherson, Tina Lugo, Lori Nelson, Hikari Shimoda and So Youn Lee each created an enormous masterpiece. Since she simply couldn't get enough of the project, Lori continued to work on her piece in the shop for the following two weeks, ending with a huge resin pour!


As with most masterpieces, the creation of "Internet Friends" began with a sketch (and a cup of coffee!)



Lori (and the other ladies) even moved their live painting to one of the main stages at Comic Con! Now THAT is painting under pressure! 





As is the case with all of Lori's work, the final piece is truly glowing. Playing with different light sources (both natural and man-made), "Internet Friends" pushes us to embrace modern technology, without losing the sense of wonder that comes with spending some time in nature. Technology and nature do not need to be mutually exclusive. As contemporary beings, we can always have a little bit of both!



To add some extra excitement to the piece's unveiling, we also released two new giclee prints from Lori, now available online! Both of these images are taken from Lori's "I Want to Believe" series, which features children/monster hybrids absorbed in moments of prayer.


Credere Volo (I Want to Believe Series): Little Piety

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



Credere Volo (I Want to Believe Series): Beatito

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




Be sure to check out more of Lori's incredible work on her website and follow her on instagram!

This past Friday, November 14th, we introduced Brooklyn to "New Maps of the Abyss," a fantastical show with art legends, Skinner and Arik Roper. To help celebrate this event, we released a brand new print from each artist. Both prints feature the art from original pieces in the show and both are simply too sick to pass up.

For this show, Skinner chose to honor the demons of his past, namely the Dungeons and Dragons creatures that fuelled his imagination as a child. For the print release, he chose one of the rarest demons of them all, the Orcus. Measuring 17" x 22", this print is an edition of 25, so they won't last long!



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


"It is probable that this creature is one of the most powerful and strongest of all demons. If he so much as slaps with his open hand the blow causes 1-4 hit points of damage. His terrible fists can deliver blows of 3-13 hit points...Additionally his tail has a virulent poison sting...Orcus furthermore is able to summon certain of the undead, for he is their prince."
- Dungeons and Dragons Manual

We are also stoked to now have copies of Skinners "Forbidden Activities for Neglected Children" 36 page coloring and activity book!



Full of intricate demons awaiting your coloring skills, hyper metal imagery to make you feel like a baddass and helpful words of encouragement like "Clean up your room, ya bum," this activity book is unlike anything you had as a kid. Every single page is a masterpiece and for only $10, it's a total steal. We can't say enough good things about this little slice of heathenistic heaven.

Also in honor of "New Maps of the Abyss," we released a print from Arik Roper. The image is taken from his "When the Mind is Open the Tower will Appear" painting and is an edition of 25, each print measuring 17 x 22 inches.



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


Featuring a mythical landscape, half lush and half desolate, this print is subtle yet demanding. With only the backside of a dragon visible, this awesome print hints at the old days of fantasy art, without being too overt about it.

We are also thrilled to have copies of "Mushroom Magick," a gorgeous field guide to identifying the most special mushrooms Mother Earth has to offer!



"Mushrooms fascinate some, and freak others out. "Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide" is an art book introducing viewers to the wonderful world of these fleshy fungi, which are as widely varied as they are interesting and beautiful. With particular emphasis on the psychedelic varieties, each mushroom species has its own listing as well as a watercolor painting to give viewers an idea of how to identify these mysterious mushroom types. "Mushroom Magick" is a fine read for the curious, the mushroom lover, or for the experimental."
-Midwest Book Review

On the evening of November 8th, our buddy Wizard Skull brought the term "Re-Animator" to a whole new level, introducing us to some seriously whacky new pieces, in tandem with the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Taking real animation cels from some of the most beloved cartoons from your childhood (the Smurfs, He Man, the Care Bears and more), Wizard Skull has reimagined these familiar images into hilarious new scenes, chock full of mutant hybrids, sexual overtones and general strangeness. In honor of the show, we produced two new awesome products from Mister Skull, a "United States of America Freedom Fries" giclee print and a mask set of the same title. We are so proud to release these online!


Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 50
17" x 22"


Calling all Patriots! This giclee print, "United States of America Freedom Fries," measures 17 x 22 inches and is a signed and numbered edition of 50! 

Using the image from this giclee, we have also created an awesome costume. Now you, too, can be Sexy Ronald, repping this glorious country and all its speedo splendour!





New Maps Of The Abyss is a two man show presenting new bodies of work by Arik Roper and Skinner, two of the most distinct voices in proto fantasy art today. Two distinct styles covering the more distant spaces on the spectrum of bizarre visionary art. Illustrative, fantastic and one of a kind, these two mind freaks have naturally gravitated towards each other to form this amazing show.

The installation they have created at the Cotton Candy Machine will transport you to a place where you could experience these visions in their natural habitat! Welcome to new maps of the abyss!

Arik Roper and Skinner New Maps Of The Abyss from Cotton Candy Machine on Vimeo.




Presale for the show is live now and selling fast. Visit our event page here to preview the available works!

Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com with a list of paintings you would like to purchase. Do include alternates choices incase the pieces you are after have been sold.

Join us for the opening event!

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm

Show runs November 14th - December 7th

SKINNER

Skinner challenged himself to create new visions of classic Dungeons and Dragons characters in a new illustrative reconnection to himself in an homage to the things that have ignited his mind as a youth! An indulgent look at his heart held influences.

An outstanding 38 original paintings now fill the walls with Skinners insane vision and rebirth of these classic monsters.

Cotton Candy Machine will be releasing a new limited edition print from Skinner at the opening, first come first served. So come early!

Follow the link to see the preview of the show here!


Arik Roper

For New Maps Of The Abyss, Arik Roper has created scenes and entities that one would encounter when traveling into the subconscious abyss! All in his incredibly beautiful otherworldly style.

At the opening event we will be releasing a print of the album art from Sleep's Dope Smoker. This print has never been released and the quantities are very limited at opening. We will be releasing these large 36" x 17" prints first come first served along with a new print from the show at the opening so come early!

Follow the link to see the preview of the show here!




See you at the opeing! 

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Store: 718-387-3844

Kozyndan: Spotlight!

Madhuvanthi Mohan
Fri 10.24.14

Kozyndan is the joint pseudonym of Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife illustrator team Kozue and Dan Kitchens, known in particular for their whimsical and occasionally absurd illustrations of modern cityscapes.

This amazing couple took the time to give us this awesome interview, where you can read both Kozy and Dan's point of view about baby goats, naked hippie homonucleii and icecream kitties.


1. It must be so fun working as a husband-wife team. What is your process like?

Dan: SOMEtimes its fun. You can imagine the pros and cons of working with your spouse. There is no separation between work and the rest of your life in that situation. You can't leave work problems at home or vice versa when you work at home with your spouse. Artistic frustrations affect your day to day life with your spouse, and fighting with them over non art related things spill into the artistic process. This is probably why most artist couples do not collaborate. We are pretty lucky to have a very solid friendship and deep love for one another, deep enough that our egos don't overwhelm the process.

Kozy: To answer the question though, we don't really have a set process. it's very organic. We know each other well, and trust each other, and each know where our strengths and weaknesses are. I do a lot of pieces on my own. Dan does some as well. Other pieces are very collaborative with both of us throwing out ideas, both of us drawing and both of us painting.

Dan: And every variation in between. I like to see what happens when i come up with an idea and do a sketch, and then kozy develops a beautiful rendering based on that and then she devises how to execute the final form of the artwork (how it will be painted and on what material.) I happily take on the role of assistant at that point. In the end though - we think of anything that either of us does to be some form of collaboration because our lives have been so intimately tied together the last 15 years. We have many of the same hobbies and are spending most of our time together, so the influence of the other person is there somewhere in any piece either of us does.


2. What does your work space look like?


Kozy: Its a bit of a blank canvas to be honest. We generally have nothing hanging on the walls for inspiration, few sketches lying around, no knick knacks or whatever, just the tools and materials and reference material for whatever projects we are currently working on splayed out on the various drafting tables in the room.


3. Who are your favourite/most recent inspirations?


Dan: Recently? …kaleidoscopes.
Kozy: Baby goats.
Dan: All time inspiration though, its gotta be the ocean and music and animals and naked hippies.




4. What is your favourite city to live in and why?

Dan: I am born and raised in Southern California and have lived no where else. We have lived together in Los Angeles over 12 years and have found no place we'd rather live. It suits us. I don't particularly like cities though. I don't like clusters of humanity very much. I prefer nature and open space, but if i have to live in a city, its probably going to be LA for now.

Kozy: We are weird, and LA is a weirdo of a city. It like a bunch of third world countries vomited in one big puddle on Southern California.

Dan: And she means that in the best possible way! Haha.

Kozy: Yeah!! Totally - it's exciting for an artist - it can be anything you need it to be. You can be truly isolated here if you want, you immerse yourself in a scene and be part of a movement. You can experience a parade of cultures. You can escape into undisturbed nature in minutes (and I don't mean a park). The food is better than anywhere else in the world, honestly. Anyone who denies that doesn't know what they are talking about. The produce in California is amazing all year round. Its cheaper than a lot of big cities, and you can have ton for space for less money than other big cities. This alone makes it ideal for most any artist. On top of all that, it's in California - which is just a wondrous, strange place of epic beautiful and natural wonders.


5. What do you do when you're feeling blocked?
Kozy: Yoga? I don't know - we don't really ever feel blocked.
Dan: We aren't overly prolific, and work is always time consuming. We generally have a backlog of ideas extending back years - projects we never get around to tackling. We would need an army of art drones to help us execute seemingly good ideas that we don't get to.


6. Can you tell us a bit about the pieces that were in the Cotton Candy Machine x Stranger Factory show?

Dan: I wanted to send a sampling of artworks related to the mural we created this year for the "Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California. The digitally printed mural is called "An Ode To California" and we kind of combined the very techniques that we typically employ separately, smashing them into one for this massive image that was about 37 feet by 17 feet. Plus the entire floor in front of the walls it covered. For the CCM X SF show we included one of the original pencil renderings that ended up being scanned and digitally colored for the mural, and one of the pages of tiny acyclic painted naked "hippie homunculei" that populated the massive nature elements in the "Ode". Lastly we took another of the characters drawings and made a new painting from it. We wanted people to see how some of the stages for a massive image like "An Ode To California". The particular pieces were selected because they also stood well on their own right.








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


Dan: We are just completing a fun piece for a big museum exhibition Sanrio is putting together for the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty. The exhibition will start at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and will explore the history and culture of the iconic character. We are contributing a new piece to an exhibition of 40 artists' interpretations of Hello Kitty. We made fun, trippy kaleidoscopic vision piece involving unikitties, ice cream kitties, donuts, lightning, and a lot of resin and glitter…. We'll see - we are about to put the finishing touches on it and are still deciding how to display the piece. Its been a fun bit of experimenting for us (we are not 'materials' artists. typically we are using pretty basic techniques of drawing and painting on board or paper, and focusing mostly on the imagery, but we decided to use this project to just have fun and learn some new stuff. It's really got us inspired and piling up even more ideas that will likely never be executed. Haha!



Kozy: The future is up in the air though - we may try to do some more murals - we were invited to do something in Miami around Art Basel time, and also have agreed to go to PowWow in Hawaii in February if our schedule permits.

Dan: Yeah we also have a show around that time in Australia, so we have to see what we can move around. Also look for some new prints and posters and such to come out in time for the holidays… mostly though - look for us to ditch all our work to go chase humpback whales (which we will be doing this week - we are off to Tonga!) and waves and get lost in the trees. I suppose that is what really makes us happy. Then we'll come back and report our finds in the next round of prints and paintings and hopefully some folks will enjoy them!

We sure will Dan, we sure will!

You can view more of their work here: http://www.kozyndan.com/,
follow them on facebook, and check out their beautifulphotos on instagram, here: @kozyndan

And make sure to check out the Cotton Candy Machine Store to pick up beautiful Kozyndan pieces to add to your collection!

2014 Fall & Winter Event Calendar

Chloe Thomas
Thu 10.16.14

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Screens 'N' Spokes

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

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

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

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

Opening Event Saturday October 18th

7pm - 11pm


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The Fairy Queen

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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

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

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

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

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Re-Animator by Wizard Skull

November 8th - November 20th

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

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


Opening Event Saturday November 8th
7pm to 11pm


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Arik Roper and Skinner

November 14th - December 7th

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

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

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm


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Apocrypha by Lucas Ruggeri

November 22nd - December 6th

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

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

Opening Event Saturday November 22nd
7pm to 11pm

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Fuck You I'm Batman by Dima Drjuchin

December 13th - December 30th

Dimitri (Dima) Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.
You can also follow Dima's body of work on his Tumblr and Twitter.

Opening Event Saturday December 13th
7pm to 11pm


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Charlie Immer & Paul Pope

December 12th - January 4th, 2014

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

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

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Fun Stuff this Week at CCM!

Grace Lang
Sun 10.12.14
We are very excited to announce three fantastic events happening at the Cotton Candy Machine this week! On Friday, October 17th, we will be hosting the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers for a pumpkin art show! The following day, Saturday the 18th, join us for Screens n' Spokes, a poster show for a good cause! Then on Sunday, the Maniac Pumpkin boys will be back again for a super special carving class!

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Come by the gallery on Friday, October 17th from 7 - 11 pm for a Maniac Pumpkin exhibit! There will be pumpkins inspired by many of your favorite contemporary artists who have shown work at Cotton Candy Machine.


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

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





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On Saturday, October 18th from 7 - 11 pm, CCM will host Screens 'N' Spokes, an art show, a bike team, and a group of folks taking a stand against Multiple Sclerosis.


Founded in 2007 by Sam Verrill and Jess Harris, the effort has raised over $350,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It has also rallied an entourage of artists, musicians, cyclists, and people living with MS from across the US and abroad to bring new energy and enthusiasm to the cause.

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

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





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Join us again on Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 6 pm for a special PUMPKIN CARVING CLASS!

Tickets for the class are $125 and all the materials will be provided, including pumpkins! This is a rare opportunity to learn pumpkin carving from the professionals. The workshop will cover everything you need to make outstanding pumpkin carvings and impress your friends, family, and colleagues. No experience is necessary, class is open to all skill levels, from beginners to enthusiasts.

Email info@thecottoncandymachine.com to reserve your spot now!




Niji Bambini by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

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

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


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Camilla d'Errico

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

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

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

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Hikari Shimoda

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

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

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

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New York Comic Con Booth #203

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Prints by Tara McPherson

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


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

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

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

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"The Wanderers" by Tara McPherson Video Time-lapse

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

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

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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!

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