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. 




Lauren YS: Devil's Jelly

Grace Lang
Tue 04.28.15
I began drooling over Lauren YS’s work on instagram a while ago. She’s one of those artists you start following after seeing just a single image, knowing right off the bat that there’s bound to be more and soon finding yourself in one of those wonderful instagram vortexes of the constant double-tap. She’s that good. So, I couldn’t hide my excitement when we began corresponding about a solo show here at Cotton Candy Machine. Through our email exchange, I learned that Lauren is not only a phenomenal artist, but she’s also a truly awesome person, which made coordinating her show, “Devil’s Jelly,” an absolute pleasure. When we finally met face to face, all my feelings were validated. In the days leading up to her show’s opening, Lauren was incredibly hands-on, helping Sean hang the show and creating a massive mural to compliment the work. Bringing this already brilliant show to the next level, she even opted to hand embellish every single one of her prints! How sick is that?!


The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
By Lauren YS



Devil's Knots
By Lauren YS


Originally from Colorado, Lauren works full time as an artist out of Oakland, California, focusing her time on murals, freelance illustrations and gallery shows. She refers to her work as “seek[ing] to translate chaos into visual terms, combining graphic and painterly styles to populate various dream-worlds of her making.” After graduating from Stanford, Lauren spent a summer working with the artist Nychos in Vienna, assisting him on countless mural projects and learning spray paint techniques that helped transform her work from sketchbook pages to the sides of builidngs. The residency culminated in a solo show at his gallery, Rabbit Eye Movement, proving that Lauren had found a place as an artist both on the streets and in a gallery setting. This ability to move flawlessly between various mediums and scales made us even more stoked to host her show, knowing that we could expect to see her paint some walls while in Brooklyn, even one inside the shop!




Lauren's amazing in-store mural, completed (with help from Sean) in 2 days!

In addition to her awesome mural inside Cotton Candy Machine, Lauren also kicked ass on a nearby drop-down gate! Located in front of a tattoo shop on Roebling between Grand and South 1st, Lauren created the beauty entirely in spray paint and incredibly quickly. So many colors!



She even helped me get my spray paint game on by collaborating on a piece with me. I felt honored to place one of my beasts atop one of her lovely lady heads and was beyond stoked to learn some of her tricks. I will be eternally grateful to Lauren for teaching me some moves and for creating my new-found love of mural making!



As most CCM fans know, we have a special penchat for artwork featuring strong females. We were, afterall, founded by one! With her other-worldy ladies dominating each painting, Lauren's work certainly falls into this category, while still existing in its very own realm that transcends specific categories. Like all the best artists, Lauren has a visual language entirely her own, one that is fueled by a fantastic imagination and years of serious dedication. Perhaps part of that identifiable style comes from her hyper colorful palette, but that’s not entirely it, as Lauren’s voice comes loudly through in her black and white ink drawings as well. For me, it is the sheer strangeness of her imagery that pushed Lauren to the top of my list. She paints girls entangled with all sorts of creatures, tentacles and jellyfish strings invading the empty spaces and spilling ambiguous goo. Her glowing girls appear to have been captured from another galaxy or possibly the darkest depths of the ocean. Either way, they appear tough and in control, even with their heads split open or gaping holes in their torsos.


Feed Your Head So It Can Feed You
By Lauren YS


The opening was a huge success, but luckily, some originals are still up for grabs! Here are a few of the remaining pieces, but feel free to head over to the event page to see what else we've got!


All Hail Snail King
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed



Somewhere to Stay
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed


Reaper Coach
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed


Devil Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
6 x 8 Inches


Monkey Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed


Skull Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

While in Hawaii this past February for the mural festival, POW WOW, Lauren collaborated with another one of our favorites, Boy Kong, to create five incredible ink drawings, all of which became part of her show. Other than reaffirming both artist's personal skills, these pieces demonstrate an amazing ability to work together. Instead of feeling like two artists' work smooshed together, as many collaborative attempts do, these drawings appear to have come from a single hand, with two different voices, each taking a turn. The two artists' imaginations and styles merge together effortlessly, creating glorious hybrids that seem to exist on the threshold between their respective worlds.


Gator Seppuku
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches


Bunny Cupid
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches


Tiger Knot
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches

And for those of you looking for some sweet merch rather than an original, you are in luck! We produced two editions of prints, both from new work in the show. All of the prints are signed and numbered. AND in order to fully capture the UV glow of Lauren's original paintings, she hand embellished every print with bits of neon pink, making them even more special.


Everyone's Dreaming About Monkeys
Giclee Print on Velvet Fine Art Rag 260gsm/19 mil
8.5" x 11"
Edition of 25
Signed and Numbered
$40



The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
Hand Embellished Giclee Print on Velvet Fine Art Rag 260gsm/19 mil
17" x 20"
Edition of 25
Signed and Numbered
$100


Do you, like many of us New Yorkers, struggle to find new wall space for prints? Not to worry... we have t-shirts too! Taken from the same "Smoosh Sisters" painting as the print, this single color silkscreened tee is wearable art! The front of the shirt features a string of characters that, half gibberish and half Japanese curse words, shows a bit of Lauren's silly side. Same goes for the shirt's back, which features a letter written to her twin sister.... in a dream. Talk about illustrating her dreamworlds, huh!






Thank you so much to everybody that came out to make this evening special. We wouldn't be here without you! And thank you to Lauren for being such a wonderful guest and a true inspiration. Come back soon!




















Lauren YS
Devil's Jelly
April 18th to May 3rd

Opening Event Saturday April 18th
7pm to 11pm








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.



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



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


Four Stages of "Residence"

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


Six Stages of "Break (3)"



Six Stages of "3 Minutes Before (Approx.)
"

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


"Momentary" is one of the few remaining pieces!

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


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



"Frost" is still up for grabs!

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

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




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!




Joe Sorren: Momentary

Grace Lang
Fri 02.27.15

Day Paintings by Joe Sorren
March 6th to March 27th

"Imbued with storybook-like imagery, Joe Sorren’s paintings tell tales of imaginative, surreal happenings, often through a childlike gaze. His paintings transmit the similar sort of tender emotion you experience when a child tells you her secret; Sorren’s characters, though they appear naive, convey complex, emotional themes." -Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose Magazine



We couldn't be more excited to host our second ever Artist in Residence here at the Cotton Candy Machine. The master painter, Joe Sorren, will be spending the month of March with us, painting in the shop and live streaming as he works. Many of us are used to following an artist's progress on the internet, making us somehow feel that we are present for the work's creation. This residence marks an incredibly unique opportunity to TRULY be present as a painting comes to life. For one month, the shop will not only be a place to come see finished works of art, but it will also be an artist's studio, a place where stories are told with a stroke of paint and altered completely with another. So, please come by the gallery this March as Joe invites us all into his strange and beautiful world.

Join us for the Welcoming Party to celebrate the beginning of the Artist Residency Friday March 6th from 7 to 11pm.




Interruption by Joe Sorren

"I remember the first time I saw a Joe Sorren piece in person, and the painting was Interruption. I knew of Joe's work obviously, but there was something so amazingly unique, so of his own world that it just stood out in a room of other artwork that was not Joe's. And I think that is the allure here; an artist that has created a universe for his characters and stories to live in, a dense world that especially in Interruption makes you look over and over again to take in every detail. Joe is an original spirit." - Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief, Juxtapoz Magazine



Visit to experience Daily Live Painting in Joe Sorren's Open Studio Artist Residency inside Cotton Candy Machine Tuesday to Sunday throughout the month. He will also be live streaming as he works! Watch the LiveStream at JoeSorren.com.



Here are some progress photos of the pieces Joe has prepared to work on here! Joe does quite a lot of reworking as he paints, so there is no guarentee that a piece will end up looking the way you imagined.









"off-kilter, peculiar, dreamy, somewhat haunting and immensely beautiful...
joe sorren is out there on his own creating a dizzying world, an other-worldly world
a world that i would very much love to inhabit...joe sorren is a unique visionary artist with very few peers..." - Long Gone John, Art Collector



Exhibition of completed works opens March 27th.
Make sure to follow @joesorren and watch his LiveStream as he prepares for his trip!

Please contact Grace at info@thecottoncandymachine.com to be included in the online preview or for general questions about this awesome month long event!

Babes in Deathland

Grace Lang
Fri 02.20.15

Babes in Deathland

Opening Event Saturday February 21st
7pm to 11pm


Tomorrow evening, my very first solo show is opening at the Cotton Candy Machine and I may just explode with excitement. Not only will this be the first time I've ever shown a full body of work, but it will be hanging on walls that have previously held work by many of my heroes. I could not think of a more ideal place to host my first show. The combination of CCM's amazing in-store atmosphere and our wonderful fan base all over the world has made preparing for this event truly fantastic. Since we first announced the show, I've only encountered positive encouragement and support, which made creating the work even more fun for me. I am eternally thankful to Sean for helping me develop my work with some really excellent practical advice and for generating  so much enthusiasm about my babes. I am also super grateful to Tara for inspiring me to paint powerful babes. I can't wait for everybody to come with me to Deathland, a place where you fight your demons, find your strength and stand tall like the baddass warrior you truly are.










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Tonight, from 7-11 pm, we will be hosting a solo show for a wonderfully fun and colorful Brooklyn-based artist, Chris Uphues. Showcasing his new original paintings, as well as installation pieces and tons of sweet merch, this show will absolutely bring a smile to your face. Utilizing familair images like cartoon hearts and bees, his work is accessible while still being rather prolific. As a veteran street artist, his original paintings often mimic the overlapped nature of wheatpaste art, showing just how well his work can transition from one setting to another. He is a street artist, a fine artist and so much more.



Some of the awesome original paintings for tonight's opening!

 

 

Chris Uphues’ art has now gone from wheat paste and street art to a huge collaboration that landed him in Times Square. "LOFT x Chris Uphues" marks the first ever artist collaboration for LOFT! With limited edition tee shirts and huge installations in their flag ship store and the nice slogan LOVELOFT, “LOFT X Chris Uphues” couldn’t be more perfect for the season.



With his iconic hearts all over NYC, Chris has become a real staple in the street art scene. Whether you are walking through Williamsburg or downtown Manhattan, you can't miss the colors, sweet expressions and general good vibes coming from his work. His collaboration with LOFT truly marks an amazing transition is his carreer, showing just how adaptable his artistic voice truly. Remarkably, this collaboration did not push Chris to alter his work or voice but, rather, to push his preexisting personal world into a new venue. From street to store, the work remains ultimately Chris's and we couldn't be happier for him.





Some of Chris's eye-catching street art.




These massive collaborations can take an artist’s work to levels and places that are other wise unobtainable. Millions of tourists will get to see and enjoy his installation in Times Square, Noho and Chicago. There is a fine artist behind these wonderful heart characters and we are hosting his first Cotton Candy Machine solo show here tonight!



I’d like to invite you to come and meet Chris Uphues.
"Small Gift" Solo Show Opening Event Friday February 13th
7pm to 11pm

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