Upcoming Events at CCM!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 10.03.15

Hi all, Perri the blue haired intern here to inform you about the awesome events coming soon to The Cotton Candy Machine!

The gallery's callender is jam-packed from now through December with an incredible lineup of painters, performers, illustrators, paper folders, and even you all, our readers and patrons! With the likes of Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Iain Burke, Wizard Skull, Heartbeat Opera, Junko Mizuno, and a huge submission show, the next few months will be chalked full of amazing artistic endeavors that you won't want to miss out on!
 

The first upcoming show at CCM is Ramiro Davaro-Comas' brilliant Pushing Wood show, featuring great work! These pieces are perfect for a wide array of people, from art collectors to skateboarders.

Ramiro Davaro-Comas
Pushing Wood
October 10th to October 25th

Pushing Wood is the newest collection of paintings by Ramiro Davaro-Comas. This series is a conglomeration of brightly colored wild and mischievous skateboarders pushing wood through grainy worlds. It is full of Donkey Long boarding, pulling skate cakes, Ninja Kicks, hand plants, Batman&Robin, Cops on Rollerblades, scooter wars and much much more. With over 25 wooden panels at an awesomely affordable price, it’s going to be an epic one with lots of laughs!

We will be giving FREE T-SHIRTS with any art purchase!! So come to the opening!!!
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Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist living in Brooklyn. He has been 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, and seem to always be on the search. His work has an underlying social narrative that prods its viewer to ask questions and create their own story line to his images
Opening Event Saturday October 10th 7 to 11pm


The next events we're hosting are two book signings and building parties for Iain Burke's Paper Monsters book! This is the 4th installment of this sweet paper-made series of activity books! Some of you might remember a similar show we held a few months back for the Paper Bots book full of foldable robots designed by Dima Drjuchin. If you loved making paper robots then, this is another great, creative and hands-on event that your kids are going to beg you to bring them to!

Iain Burke's Paper Monsters! Book Signing and Building Party
Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th

Paper Monsters-- the 4th in a series of books is a title that everyone will love. Each of the 20 unique monster designs are pre-cut, scored and perforated so anyone can simply punch them out and fold them up with easy-to-follow instructions. Whether you're a fan of things that go bump in the night or not, you'll find these scary creatures too cute to scream at. They instantly become awesome 3D objects to play with and display. Paper Monsters deftly combines paper craft with advanced paper engineering so no nightmares with glue, tape or tools ever happen! Best of all, they won't keep you up at night, unless you're playing with them...Paper Monsters make great companions for ages 7 to 101 and they'd never hurt a fly. Punch out, Fold up and...Voila! Instant Scary Freaks.

Paper Monsters include:
Hairy the Werewolf—He's gonna need a change of clothes in a minute . . .
Mujo Mushi—Coming to a city near you: ultimate destruction
Rügnør the Troll—Water is not the only thing under a bridge
Ursüla—Trust us you don't want to swipe right for this one!

We are so excited to share this new book with you, created by Papermade and illustrated by our dear friend, Iain Burke! Perfect for kids and adults alike, this interactive book promises spooky fun, just in time for Halloween! Please join us on the evening of Saturday, October 10th from 7 - 11pm to celebrate the art for this awesome project, then again on Sunday the 11th from 4- 6 pm to build some monsters!


Up next, Cotton Candy Machine will be featuring a new show by Wizard Skull, a well known CCM artist full of crazy fun and twisted versions of your favorite cartoon characters.

Wizard Skull: Cel Fee
Once Again, No Animation Cel is Safe from Wizard Skull!
Saturday October 24th - November 8th


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 Instagram.
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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 Fantastic Four, the Simpsons, He-Man, Loony Tunes, Duck Tales 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 October 24th 7pm to 11pm


Following the Wizard Skull opening, the next events coming to The Cotton Candy Machine are amazing, artistic drag performance nights/p artes hosted by Heartbeat Opera and Miss Handel! We held their Fairy Queen event last year and it was a blast!

Miss Handel and Heartbeat Opera
Heartbeat Opera's Second Annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza
Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th

Join us for Heartbeat’s second annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza held at CCM! Part pageant, all party, this year’s delectable celebration (mis)handles George Frideric Handel. Don your powdery wigs, your dazzling masks, and prepare ye for beauty marks, coloraturas, fans, cocktails, raffle prizes, a costume contest, and so much more! Let us handle your Halloween revelries…

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Photo from Heartbeat Opera's Fairy Queen event with us last year

We're hosting two shows each night - 7:00 & 9:30pm on Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 2015
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
$20 - Chorister (in advance)
$25 - Chorister (at the door)
$75 - Diva (VIP seat, drink ticket)
$150 - Impresario (VIP seat, free drinks, private waiter, raffle tickets)
More info: www.heartbeatopera.org
Email: heartbeatopera@gmail.com


Next up on the list is Junko Mizuno, who will be having a solo show opening November 13th.

Junko Mizuno
November 13th to November 29th, 2015

Junko Mizuno is a Japanse artist born in Tokyo. Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe. Junko's next exhibition will be here in Brooklyn at The Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has show with us in all five of the Tiny Trifecta shows and with David M. Cook in March 2014. We can't wait to have her back!

Be sure to keep up with this crazy talented woman on instagram @junko_mizuno_art and twitter @junko_mizuno to stay up to date with the millions of things she's involved with.
So what was the witch eating...? Oysters!! 😋😋😋 #witch #oysters
そして魔女が食べていたのは...? 牡蠣でした!牡蠣大好き!
Junko Mizuno November 13th to November 29th, 2015 Opening Event Friday November 13th 7 to 11pm

Last but not least, we are hosting our second ever Brooklyn Biennial Submissional kicking off in December.
The last time we did this Cotton Candy Machine was introduced to Dima Drjuchin, Allison Sommers, Tina Lugo, Emroca, Cory Benhatzel, Sean Mahan, JoKa, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Hanna Jaeun, Amar Stewart, Wizard Skull, Gabi de la Merced, which are a group of people who have genuinely impacted the gallery since. This year we are so excited to do it again. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, head to the submission page!

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional
2nd Biennial Group Show!
December 11th to December 31st, 2015

We are thrilled to host the Second Biennial Submissional at CCM! We have already received an overwhelming amount of inquiries and excited emails regarding this show, so we are now officially opening up submissions! For those of you that remember our first Brooklyn Submissional in 2013, this show is going to be a bit different, showcasing many more artists with works filling the entire space! We are hoping to include work from as many artists as possible, so we'll most likely show one piece per artist. While our first submission show was only open to artists who had never shown with us before, this show is open to absolutely everybody. We are looking for unique work with a strong personal voice.

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that the December 2015 Brooklyn Biennial will sadly be Cotton Candy Machine’s final show in our space at 235 South 1st street. While CCM will continue to exist online and will curate shows from time to time, we will no longer have this physical store-front. If you’ve ever wanted to show with us, this is your chance!
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Photo from our last Biennial Submission Show taken by Nick Fiore

In order to keep this entire process organized and keep the submissions consistent, we are asking artists to apply through a platform website that will provide specific uploading size and image instructions. Because there is a fee for us to use this platform site, we are asking for a submission fee of $25 from all the artists that wish to apply. This fee will also go towards promotion and supplies for setting up such a large show. We want this to be the best and biggest show possible! Even if you have already been in touch with us regarding this show or your work, we would like all artists to apply this way. We really appreciate the interest and excitement you have all expressed so far. We can’t wait to see more. Thank you again, everybody!

Submissions are open from September 1st through October 30th.
Opening Event Friday December 11th 7 to 11pm

Stay tuned for information on the signed artist prints from these upcoming shows, as always there will be new ones posted on the site and available in store for purchase.

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

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

The Art Knight Episodes 3 through 5!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 09.26.15


As many patrons of The Cotton Candy Machine know, Sean Leonard highly enjoys discussing art with anyone and everyone. Something he's darn good at too! Enthusiasticly researching exciting shows and events around the world on a daily basis, Sean is an ideal person to talk to for those interested in contemporary art, especially if you're an artist, a collector or a fan. Cotton Candy Machine has been an outstanding platform for Sean to promote and celebrate the artwork he loves, and now he's spreading that globally! He now has his very own Art News webshow! Nicknamed the “Art Knight”, Sean delivers great information on all things current in the contemporary art scene. Episodes of his webseries include him reporting on shows, interviewing artists, visiting studios and celebrating great artistic endeavours and projects of wonderful inspiring artists, collectors, and currators. For years, sports fans have had ESPN reports, and now art lovers have The Art Knight!

Check out the show on Youtube!


Covered in episode 3:

FAILE "Wishing On You", 44th and Broadway, New York, NY
The LoMan Arts Festival, Lower Manhattan, New York, NY
Hanksy's Dump, Lower East Side, New York, NY
Tristan Eaton Murals, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Cleon Peterson "Poison", Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI
David M. Cook BONETHROWER, Kingswell, Los Feliz, CA
La Luz De Jesus Coaster Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Conrad Roset "Pale", Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Lonely Island Presents "Bay Area Toile" by Matt Ritchie, Athens B. Gallery, Oakland, CA
Forest for the Trees Mural Festival, Portland, OR
Hellion Gallery Sculpture Garden, The Portland Museum, Portland, OR
Mars-1 "Mars Molecule Project", Burning Man, Northern AZ
Ella & Pitr "Lilith and Olaf", Klepp municipality, Norway


Episode 4 covers:
Lori Nelson "Coming of Age" and Moki "No Place To Hide", Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Stephen Doitschinoff "Three-PLanet Lifestyle", Jonathan Levine Gallery (23rd Street Location), New York, NY
OPUS HYPNAGOGIA: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Gilded Age, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
Thinkspace x StolenSpace "LAX/LHR", StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK
Vision Art Festival, Crans-Montana, Canton Valais, Switzerland
NuArt Festival, Stavager, Norway
Jason deCaires Taylor "Ocean Atlas", Nassau, Bahamas


Episode 5 part 1 includes info on:
Brian Sparrow "Underworld", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Lori Nelson "Coming of Age", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Moki "No Place to Hide", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Shepard Fairey "On Our Hands", Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY
Shepard Fairey "Natural Springs" Mural, Jersey City, NJ
Joel Rea "Beasts of Arcadia", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
"Brotherhood" curated by Yasha Young, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Eric White "New Works", Serge Serokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Brooklyn Biennial Submissional", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY


Episode 5 part 2 focuses on the artist Stephan Doitschinoff and the opening of his first solo show "Three-Planet Lifestyle" at The Johnothan Levine Gallery in Chelsea.
For this series of paintings, drawings and sculptures, Doitschinoff was inspired by the teachings of Estonian writer and activist Kalle Lasn. As the founder and editor of Ad Busters, a publication dedicated to advance a new social activist movement for the information age, Lasn blames consumer culture for transforming humanity into a selfish species on the verge of ecological crisis. In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund confirmed his concerns in the Living Planet Report, outlining how mankind will need at least two planets’ worth of resources by 2050.


Tara's Summer Update

Tara McPherson
Sat 09.26.15

Hello! Hope everyone has been enjoying themselves immensely this summer. I went camping in the woods for the first time and it was just so fun. Though I was pretty scared a bear was going to just walk up at any moment. But no bears, yay!

I have had some amazing opportunities to work on really fun stuff lately (a really big one to be announced soon!) which makes me feel pretty damn lucky to get to do what I do. Even though it's been a bit of a challenge these days due to some neck/back issues I have, I still feel like I'm accomplishing great things, albeit slowly. I'm happy to be able focus on quality, and not be so stressed on the quantity. It's not such a bad thing to have life slow down for a bit!

So... I am taking the time now to be good to me, so I can be good to eveyone that I care about... Family, friends, and fans.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being awesome and supportive, it really means a lot to me!

xo Tara

Faith No More / Refused


I got the opportunity to work with the ever awesome Faith No More on a poster for their Madison Square Garden show with Refused... What a dream job! These posters are available through the Secret Serpets website. Pictured here is the metallic variant edition!


18" x 24"
4 Color Silkscreen

$40 - Signed and Numbered Edition of 135
$100 - Signed and Numbered Variant Edition of 35


Purchase details here at Secret Serpents.

Lightning Bolts In My Chest


From my life size painting for the Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, we bring you this beautiful giclee published in house at Cotton Candy Machine.

Created, exhibited, and printed in New York City!


Giclee on Extra Thick Somerset Velvet
Deckled Edges, 505gsm/36 mil
11" x 23"
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100
$100




Purchase details here.









I Know It By Heart

I recently had a solo exibition at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome with new oil paintings and works on paper. I finally put everything online! You can see the show here. I also updated my drawings section too.

A little about the theme of the show from my Hi-Fructose interview... 'This exhibition is called ‘I Know It By Heart’, and the paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. Each show I create definitely has it’s own theme but also I feel like every show is connected and is an evolution from one another, carrying on with themes but diverging onto a different path. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.'

There are only a few pieces still available, if you are interested please contact Dorothy Circus Gallery.


Stuff

• I am about to begin creating the art for a super fun board game called Dreamwell!! This will be a collaboration between myself and Action Phase Games. Stay tuned for lots of updates, as I'll be posting the entire process via instagram!

• Totally stoked listening to these musicians lately... Sharon Van Etten, Red Fang, Run The Jewels, Father John Misty, Sly and the Family Stone, Metz, Arial Pink, King Tuff!

• As always thank you for your love and support!!!

xo Tara

Brian Sparrow: Underworlds

Grace Lang
Fri 09.18.15


We are thrilled to host "Underworlds," the very first solo show from Brooklyn artist, Brian Sparrow. On Saturday September 19th, we invite you all to join us as we explore Sparrow's imaginary realms through new sculptures and paintings that feel more like artifacts than modern creations.



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




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














Opening Event Saturday September 19th
7 to 11pm

The Art Knight! The Art News!

Grace Lang
Fri 08.28.15


As many Cotton Candy Machine followers know, Sean Leonard loves to talk about art. And he’s darn good at it too! Actively seeking exciting shows and events around the world, Sean is the perfect tour guide for those interested in contemporary art, whether that means you are a creator, a collector or a fan. Cotton Candy Machine has been an incredible platform for Sean to promote and celebrate art, but now it’s time to take things global! It’s time for the Art News! Dubbed the “Art Knight” back in 2013 (a well deserved title, earned after chasing down an art thief and truly saving the day) Sean promises to explore all avenues of the contemporary art scene. He’ll be reporting on shows, interviewing artists, visiting studios and celebrating artistic milestones of the people who inspire us all. For years, foodies have had Anthony Bourdain. Now us art lovers finally have our very own Art Knight!

Check out the Art News on Youtube!

We released Episode 2 this week and are already preparing episode 3! Covering a ton of awesome shows with his usual charisma, Sean lets us know what is happening on both coasts and even invites us to check out Banksy's "Dismaland," arguably one of the most exciting large-scale art projects ever.

Covered in Episode 2:
Last Rites Gallery Presents Transfigure, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY.
Mishka Brooklyn Presents Grace Lang, Mishka 350 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
DEVOLUTION, Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA.
Dan Quintana "Diffused", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Alexandra Manukyan "Oracle of Extinction", Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
SUMMER SOIRÉE Group Show, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Nick Gazin "Demented Brain In Constant Pain", Mishka LA, Los Angeles, CA
Art The Jewels: Run The Jewels and Nick Gazin Tribute Show, San Francisco/Los Angeles, CA.
Banksy "Dismaland" Theme Park, Weston-super-Mare, England


In case you missed the first episode, we've got it right here for you! Filmed in two segments, Episode 1 features the news and an awesome studio visit with our friend, Dima! The first segment is chock full of information on some really exciting art shows happening all over the country! Even if you follow the galleries and blogs mentioned, this episode is bound to show you someone new.

Watch the first segment!



We decided to film the first episode just in time to celebrate our current show, "VISION QUEST!" by Dima Drjuchin with a studio visit and interview. Diving into his career as a fine artist, an illustrator and a musician, Dima talks a bit about the process behind creating a solo show, as well as much much more!

Covered in Episode 1:
Dima Drjuchin "Vision Quest", Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY.
"Infra:REAL" Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY.
"Bad Dads" Wes Anderson Tribute Show, Spoke Arts at Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY
FAILE "Savage/Sacred Young Minds", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Erika Sanada "Fighting Spirit", Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Jessica Hess "More is More", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Deedee Cheriel "Natural Resource", KP Projects/Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Brandt Peters & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore "Candy Gore", Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM.
"Invisible Collage" curated by ThinkSpace Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, IN.

Watch the studio visit!



If you like what Sean is doing, we encourage you to follow the page, check us out on social media and share with all your friends! We are so excited about this new venture and hope you all are too!

Follow the Art Knight on Facebook!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Dima Drjuchin: VISION QUEST!

Greg Barris
Fri 08.07.15


Dima Drjuchin's art is alive and constantly evolving, it is a separate reality from our own. His new show 'VISION QUEST!' is more personal than in the past, while his previous pieces were steeped in pure fantasy, in his new work Drjuchin has drawn himself into multiple pieces at varies ages as well as imagery of his wife Jeanette Converse and dog Glitter.



Drjuchin's multi disciplined life is also reflected in references to music and cassette technology hinting at his simultaneous work recording a new 4 track analog album. "I used to record myself on a 4 track as a kid, so I think it also ties into affection towards my childhood and discovering music inside and outside of myself by becoming a musician." His album and show both use the moniker 'VISION QUEST!' which is a reference to Drjuchin's use of music and art as a form of meditation and a journey inward. These paintings seem more contemplative, all the works being based on drawings from Drjuchin's sketchbook and planned on wood panels with pencil before hand, "which i've never really done before, I find the results are a lot better. I can work and rework shapes until they are right, it's almost shameful that it took me this long to do this."



This is a Vision Quest in a true sense, an experiment in ritual and solitude in search of a new reality and to invoke a vision from a guardian spirit, which in this case is Dima himself in different stages and forms as well as the Cosmic Serpent which can be seen in old and new art by Drjuchin. The serpent literally representing change, transformation and ultimately duality. Treat yourself to a Vision Quest of your own and see this show at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn NY.



Dima lives and works in Brookyn NY. This is his fifth solo show, his first with The Cotton Candy Machine. Please join us at the opening reception on August 14th at 7pm-11pm. Special after party performance of songs from Vision Quest! at the Tiger Lounge right around the corner at 11!



The Tiger Lounge is located at 272 Grand Street. Just follow the stares down by the Midway Bar.

Opening Event Friday August 14th
7 to 11pm

Glenn Barr: Pit of the Id

Grace Lang
Fri 07.10.15
On the evening of July 17th, we are welcoming back the Detroit-based master painter, Glenn Barr for his second solo show, "Pit of the Id," at Cotton Candy Machine! It has been almost three years since Glenn’s first solo show with us and we are eager to have his work on our walls again.



That show, “Detroit Rooms,” which opened in September 2012, was an enormous success, featuring over 20 original paintings, drawings and prints. This new show, too, will spotlight a variety of Glenn’s smaller works, although we can promise at least one large centerpiece to enthrall and mesmerize his many fans. While Glenn’s work is always very clearly his own, due in part to his hazy color palette and the almost seductive nature of his often isolated figures, he manages to explore many realms of imagery without ever leaving the universe he has created for himself. For this show, Glenn invites us to view his playful side through some re-imaginings of beloved characters like Judy Jetson and Wilma Flinstone. Painted in his softly gritty style, these ladies appear in moments of solitude, skin exposed and peering out through magnetic eyes. Simply the choice to pull inspiration from these particular retro vixens feels entirely in line with Glenn’s vision. Like many of the elements in his work, they are relics of America’s not-too-distant past; a vision of feminine beauty that spans all the way from the stones of Bedrock to the depths of outer space.



In addition to working from some new inspiration, Glenn is also continuing to explore familiar icons, such as bombs, missiles and other old-school instruments of destruction. Combined with his futuristic vehicles and chrome-clad ladies, these references to wars past push Glenn's work into a beautifully post-apocalyptic universe that transcends the confines of a single period in time.







We are also thrilled that Glenn will be including his stunning masterpiece, "Athena's Lament," originally created for the "Juxtapoz: 20 Years Under the Influence" art show last February. Measuring 31.5 x 22 inches, this large painting has a little bit of everything that we've come to expect in Glenn's work.



Be sure to follow Glenn on instagram to see all the works in progress. If you see something you like, let us know! Contact info@thecottoncandymachine.com for presale info and we hope to see you all at the opening!

Opening Event Friday July 17th
7pm to 11pm


 


One our favorite artists, Skinner, has collaborated with Shane Mortan and Video Rahim to make a video for Mastodon's new song "Asleep in the Deep". In this video we see a cat go on an amazing psychadelic adventure exhibiting beautiful visuals done by the artists. Click here and check out the video! 

Also, if you want to see more of Skinner, go to his page here and you can pick up one of his originals or prints that we have here at The Cotton Candy Machine!

 

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

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



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

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



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

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

Dima Drjuchin is no stranger to the Cotton Candy Machine. His story starts in Moscow where he was born, but he grew up to be an artist/musician making images and sounds in New York City. Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.

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







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

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

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



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



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



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

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



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

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





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

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

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

 



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



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

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

Next up on the list is Junko Mizuno, who will be having a solo show opening November 13th. Junko is a Japanse artist born in Tokyo. Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe. Junko's next exhibition will be here in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has shown with us in all five of the Tiny Trifectas, and with David M. Cook back in 2014. We can't wait to have her back!



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



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

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



The last time we did this
Cotton Candy Machine was introduced to Dima Drjuchin, Allison Sommers, Tina Lugo, Emroca, Cory Benhatzel, Sean Mahan, JoKa, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Hanna Jaeun, Amar Stewart, Wizard Skull, Gabi de la Merced, which are a group of people who have genuinely impacted the gallery since. This year we are so excited to do it again. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, send some examples over to Info@thecottoncandymachine.com.

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

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

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




Right now, Tara, Sean and Ronan are probably throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain. Yes, they are in Rome! Tara had her first solo show, "I Know It By Heart," open on June 11th at the Dorothy Circus Gallery and we couldn't be more excited! Tara McPherson was first introduced to the Italian audience by Dorothy Circus Gallery in 2009, during the “Inside Nostalghia” group show, made in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Tara McPherson has been more recently exhibited in Italy in 2013 for “Lacrima Aquarium”: an institutional group exhibition curated by Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery), which exhibited works by 33 international artists, inspired by the theme of Water, in the charming and exclusive location of the “Acquario Romano”. Now, back again, she is having her own show and exhibiting works that demonstrate her unbelievable talent and vision. 





From Tara, "When I was creating this painting I was thinking about particle physics and string theory, how these tiny subatomic particles are theorized to dance and not truly exist in one location. As well as the power we have with our thoughts and vision, I think it’s a fun idea to create a physical manifestation of thought… literally something coming out of one’s body, head or eyes. I tried to create a woman who was the goddess of sorts for this idea...







...The paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.”





Tara's solo show has also been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz among many more. Hi-Fructose comments, "With every new body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery, “I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery – portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for the artist." - Caro


Along with having an incredible exhibition, Tara was able to meet up with friend and renowned artist, Joe Sorren, who traveled from Florence to see Tara's show. 

















We are also so excited to see Tara paint her first mural! Her theme is water and it is part of a city wide mural project called Spray For Your Rights to promote social activism. 



It sounds like the trip has been a success and I think Ronan would agree! Complimenti, Tara!

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