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!

Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta

Anna Kovach
Sun 07.20.14

The Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta group show was a smashing success, once again curated by Tara McPherson! Over 90 artists created 3 small pieces of work for the exhibition for the amazing price of $100 each. The show ran from June 14th to July 6th. Thank you so much to everybody that came out and to all of the fantastic artists who participated:

Jessicka Addams, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Cory Benhatzel, Heather Benjamin, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Luke Chueh, Ciou, Dave Correia, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d'Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edmiston, Ron English, Emroca, Brian Ewing, Shepard Fairey, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Erik Foss, Gris Grimly, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, JK5, JoKa, Nathan Jurevicius, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Ian Kuali'i, Kozyndan, Grace Lang, Henry Lewis, Farron Loathing, Lola, Tina Lugo, David Mack, Sean Mahan, Malojo, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Tara McPherson, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Lori Nelson, Saelee Oh, Shaunna Peterson, Anthony Pontius, Matt Ritchie, Greg Rivera, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Russo, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, Jay Ryan, Victoria Salvador, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimals, Skinner, Amy Sol, Allison Sommers, Amar Stewart, Diana Sudyka, L'Amour Supreme, Yosuke Ueno, Jonathan Wayshak, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth, Wizardskull and Chet Zar.

As always, Sean hung the entire show, which is a seriously impressive feat considering there were almost 300 pieces! While we were setting up, the line was continuing to expand. This show always brings out a special kind of collector.. those who are willing to show up as early as possible to score the right piece. We can always expect some campers, people down to spend days and nights in front of the gallery, which is really fun for us, as we get to know the collectors! There is nothing nicer than spending some time with the folks taking home our art. These amazing collectors kept our enthusiasm up and made the opening feel extra special, like we were spending time with old friends.

For such amazing work going at such a great price, people come from all over to be here for the show. The first person to get in line, our buddy Dan from San Diego, waited a total of 99 hours to get the first pick! Now, THAT is commitment!


The opening started at 7PM and pieces started selling instantly! Some of the first to go were pieces by Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, John Baizley, Lori Nelson and Esao Andrews.

We had lots of happy visitors to the gallery. For some, this was their first time seeing original artwork by these prominent low brow and pop surrealism artists! As an added bonus, we printed mini giclees of Tara's trifecta to use as tickets. Since her originals featured goldleaf, these little prints were quite literally the "Golden Tickets" of the art world. For those of you who missed the event, these awesome little giclees are available on our webstore!

We hope to see you soon at our next opening! Check our events page for all the latest news on upcoming shows and events here at The Cotton Candy Machine!

We also have still have some great pieces available from the show. Each is $100! What a steal! Head over to our Original Art section to score work from Emroca, Steven Daily, Michael Hacker, JK5, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Robert Bowen, Victoria Salvador, Martina Russo, Greg Rivera, Fefe Talavera, Jon Schnepp, Erik Mark Sandberg, Anthony Pontius, Shaunna Peterson, Henry Lewis and Tomi Monstre!

Here are a few of the remaining pieces. Simply click the image to take a closer look!

  Thanks again to everybody that came to see the show. We can't wait to see you all again next year, but hopefully even sooner!

Launched at the beginning of this sweltering NYC summer, the Roebling Art Fair has quickly become a sizzling hit!

As a prominent gallery and boutique, we've been trying to branch out in the local community by inviting a variety of several artists to have a booth along our beautiful and ever changing wall on Roebling Avenue.

From 12pm to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer and fall, Roebling will be taken over by talented and creative artists eager to show off their outrageous pieces of art!

Our amazing weekend artists have been selling everything from prints, to paintings, to shirts, even to unique pieces created out of carefully cut vinyl!

Take a look at some of the gorgeous talents we've already had throughout the past weeks!


True to our name, we'll also be giving away FREE cotton candy during the event!
So bring your sweet tooth, gather your friends and family, and enjoy the weekend with us!

If you or someone you know creates rad and interesting works, send us an email at!

We're always looking for artists, food vendors, and others to be featured at our weekend art fair.
Booths are only $50, and contributors keep all of the profits!
It is an excellent way to get your art out there and become a part of the ever-expanding Cotton Candy Machine family!


Exhibition runs July 11th to August 10th, 2014

Opening reception is Jul 11 at 7:00pm to Jul 12 at 11:00pm

Cotton Candy Machine and Stranger Factory are teaming up to create a collaborative crossover exhibition, one big awesome event taking place simultaneously both at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, NM and at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY on the same evening. All artworks by each artist will be split up evenly between both galleries, so no matter which location you attend you will experience the exhibition, each with a different perspective. 


Please join us for the opening of this awesome exhibition and we will be sure to blow your mind with some phenomenal art!

Glenn Barr

Glenn Barr, who has been brandishing his mark, albeit somewhat unconventionally, on the art world for much of the past two decades, has often accounted for his development and influences in simple terms. Barr like most other post-World War II Americans of his generation amassed life experience through not only television, but film, as well as a plethora of pulp publications, rock and roll, and in his case, the shadow of the Motor City. Barr assimilates it all synthesizing mass media, subculture, urban blight, and fantasy into the spectacle that comprises his visual art.
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Dilek Baykara

Dilek Baykara is an illustrator who was born and raised in the woods of northern New Jersey but is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She attended School of Visual Arts for Illustration.
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Scott C

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. Alongside his career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world.
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Katie Carillo

Katie Carillo graduated from the University of New Mexico in May 2012 with a BA in Art Studio and BS in Biology. Painting is her medium of choice, but she enjoys working in all media. She is inspired by art, nature, and music… but especially nudibranchs.
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Karl Deuble

Karl studied Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Years later, he and Belinda Garley opened up a boutique called bobbi marbles, named in honor of their beloved first cat, when they decided that they were ready to make and share cool, unique, and wearable art. After all, cats and art are near the very top of both Karl and Belinda’s interests. Karl’s artwork is a little bit creepy, twisted, and comedic.
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Jeremy Hush

Jeremy Hush draws from a wealth of sources and influences. An avid world traveller, and a recognized initiate of the heavy metal and punk scenes, Hush has been creating work for zines and bands for years. Over the past few years he has been increasing his focus on his practice and exhibiting his art more extensively. His work is haunting and beautiful, wild and chaotic, dark and saturated, but entirely unique. Clearly influenced to some extent by the linear styles of 19th century prints and drawings, his work combines this suggestion to a historical aesthetic precedent with a contemporary inflection in content. They are raw, they are meticulous, they are clearly symbolic. The work feels allegorical in its dense allusion to nature and associative metaphor.
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Tim Lee

Tim earned a BFA from The Columbus College of Art & Design. His illustration work has been published by national and international magazines, corporations, design and advertising firms. Currently he is exhibiting his paintings in brick and mortar galleries in the U.S.
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Tina Lugo

Tina 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.Inculcated by waves of Saturday morning cartoons, characters portrayed in comic book literature, and videogame culture, Tina 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.
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kozyndan are husband-and-wife artists who work collaboratively to create highly detailed paintings and drawings for both illustration and fine art. They are obsessed with the ocean and being underwater and hope to someday come to rest at the bottom of the sea and slowly be devoured by deep creatures over many years.
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Stan Manoukian

My name is Stan Manoukian, I’m a French artist based in Paris – France.
Member of the Circus Posterus collective
I draw comic books, illustrations and various designs for movies and commercials.

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Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson is an artist based out of New York City. Creating art about people and their odd ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. Recalling myths and legends, issues from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that are thought provoking and seductive. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.

Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Melvins. Her array of art also includes creating toys with companies like Kidrobot, Dark Horse, and Toy2R, painted comics and covers for DC Vertigo, advertising and editorial illustrations for companies such as Wyden+Kennedy and Spin Magazine, and teaching a class at Parsons in NYC.
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Phil Noto

I’m Phil Noto and here’s my deal. I studied illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design. After 10 years at Walt Disney Animation working on films such as Lion King,Pocahontas, Mulan and Lilo and Stitch, I escaped the sinking 2D animation ship and became a comic artist. I started at DC Comics doing covers for the Birds of Prey series and have since worked on Batgirl, Superman, Danger Girl, Beautiful Killer, Hellboy, Buffy, The Infinite Horizon, Avengers, X-23, Wolverine and Jubilee, X-Force and Thunderbolts. I also do large scale gallery paintings and have had solo shows both nationally and internationally.
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Kathie Olivas

Kathie Olivas is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist from New Mexico. Through her current body of work, the Misery Children, she explores society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown. A dark blend of early American portraiture set in post apocalyptic times, Kathie’s paintings and custom toys are a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality.
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Brandt Peters

Brandt Peters is a self-taught illustrator and designer whose work has garneredinternational attention from the fine art gallery circuit. His paintings explore the eras of ancient cartoons, Victorian toys and pre-WWI vintage ‘Pop’ ephemera; all fodder from being raised by a family of artists and antique collectors. A world composed of creepy sideshow icons, deviant Animalia, and “masked” glorified cartoon alter egos, these characters and cultures serve as the very antitheses of what is traditionally deemed innocent and socially acceptable. Although misfits on the surface, a sense of relation is understood: secret from the public, we are all misfits — hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual. Who is it that we relate to? The lonely little boy hiding in a bear suit; the evil, lustful pool-hall wolf; the sexualized little girl who secretly wants more. The environment and its limited population are meant to conjure these questions; the viewers must draw their own conclusions. Brandt lives and works in New Mexico with his wife and partner, Kathie Olivas and his two dogs, Bailey and Diego.
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Chris Ryniak

Chris Ryniak was born in 1976 in the suburbs of Detroit. He spent his childhood basking in the warm glow of Saturday morning cartoons and flipping over rocks in search of insects, reptiles and ghosts. A sculptor and painter of all manner of critters, he has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. His work has also been published in numerous books and periodicals in the US as well as in Europe and Singapore. Chris is also a toy-designer and sculptor of numerous instantly sold-out editions of designer art toys and figures.
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Amanda Louise Spayd

Amanda Louise Spayd’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail. At once endearing and unsettling, her fabric creatures evoke ideas of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments with crooked human teeth.
Because of their aged, antique appearance, one is left to wonder about the origin, past experiences, and past lives of these creatures. Do they look like this because they were abandoned, or because they were literally loved to pieces? The idea of an unknown past story, combined with the possibilities of their future, is a central theme of her work. Her work has been published internationally, and is highly sought after by collectors around the globe, and she has exhibited her work in galleries and conventions across the United States, France, and Japan.
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Lamour Supreme

This is my work. I created it so I wouldn't have to describe what I do.
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Greg Rivera

Greg Rivera, also known as Greg Mishka, is the co-founder of Mishka (МИШКА), a lifestyle brand clothing and art boutique. The brand can trace its roots back to New York City’s “fertile crescent” of Hip-Hop, Street-art and Punk. The “do it yourself” ethics of 1980s New York City is the heart that beats at the center of МИШКА. Graphic images range from staggeringly unique and original kaleidoscopic fever dreams, to tongue-in-cheek flips of established logos and images.
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Chet Zar

Zar's interest in the darker side of art began in the earliest stages of his life. A natural fascination with all things strange fostered within himself a deep connection to horror movies and dark imagery. These are themes which had permeated most of his childhood drawings and paintings and are reflected in his work to this day. The combined interest in horror films and art eventually culminated into a career as a special effects make up artist, designer and sculptor for the motion picture industry, designing and creating creatures and make up effects effects for such films as, "The Ring", "Hellboy I & II", "Planet of the Apes" and the critically acclaimed music videos for the art metal band Tool. But the many years spent dealing with all of the politics and artistic compromises of the film industry left Zar feeling creatively stagnant. At the beginning of 2000 (at the suggestion of horror author Clive Barker), he decided to go back to his roots and focus on his own original works and try his hand at fine art, specifically painting in oils. The result has been a renewed sense of purpose, artistic freedom and a clarity of vision that is evident in his darkly surreal (and often darkly humorous) paintings.
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