We are really looking forward to ushering in the Spring season with an incredible three person show, opening on Saturday April 5th.
The show will feature Ciou, Malojo and Dmitri Drjuchin, all three of which have crafted their own distinct (and stunning) universes, chock full of strange creatures, cool textures and just the right hints of darkness. In addition to showing entirely new works from each artist, we will also have some awesome extras for those who make it out to the opening! But first, a bit about the artists...
"Ciou was born in Toulouse in 1981. She actually works and lives in her home town, after living in Bruxelles and Paris. Suspended between dream and nightmare, her paintings consist of a base made of a collage of old papers, taken from old medical books, dictionaries, and nature manuals, where she uses acrylic and ink; creating her own personal mixed media. Her Influences are diverse : the American vintage culture from the 30′s to the 70′s, the Victorian style and the European barocco too, however she is focused on the Japanese culture and Japanese traditional and contemporary art. Her style is characterized by a line of great expressive force and a language where the power of color and deformation of shapes combine to make her stroke unmistakable. Ciou creates her own « necro-kawai » cosmology of characters mainly centered around witch-y nature burlesque girls and their strange animal companions. Her new works feature florescent psychedelic colors as a foil for her obsessive black line work. Her darkly charming works are creepy in a very playful way, a little bit of sweet and a little bit of sour in a friendly and dangerous world." (Bio courtesy of Ciou's website
A truly prolific artist, Ciou has been featured in all three of our Tiny Trifecta Shows (2011, 2012, 2013
) and we cannot wait to have her back!
"Malojo born in French city, Bayonne, but now lives and work in Toulouse, like Ciou! Comics, cartoons and old monster's movie posters are his first loves. Also fascinated by classic painters like Bosch, Bruegel or Caravage, they are as important to him as Tex Avery, Walt Dysney and Chuck Jones. The humor, sometimes cruel, of those cartoons characters as he loves the horrible scenes of religious painting. It came on his own to start painting funny monsters with tortured flesh and cute puppies with bad intentions." (Bio courtesy of Malojo's website
Although his color pallette is soft, Malojo's images hit you hard with creepy cuteness. Featured in our most recent Tiny Trifecta show
, this marks Malojo's second time showing with us. Aren't we lucky?!
"Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. 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." (Bio courtesy of Dima's website
Dima is no stranger to the Cotton Candy Machine. Not only does he make it out to all our events, but he was also featured in our December Brooklyn Biennial show
and his work was a huge hit. An artist who is constantly putting out new work and developing new ideas, we are stoked to have Dima back so soon. Brooklyn visitors might also recognize his work on the Roebling wall paintings from our Comic Con live painting event!
Now, onto the goodies!
Just like at our recent Junko Mizuno/ David Cook
opening, we will also have a special opportunity for the first 50 people to arrive...a raffle! Once more, the super cool art/jewelry company, Morphik
, has generously donated two beautiful leather bracelets featuring tiny replicas of Ciou's "Blue Cat the Wizard" and "New Heart" paintings. We can't wait to send two lucky attendees home with these unique cuffs!
Ciou / Malojo / Dima Drjuchin
We will also have some amazing limited edition Ciou and Malojo collaborative button packs, as well as button / postacrd packs. These lovely sets are each editions of 50 and are signed by both artists.
Ciou also brought us a few copies of her beautiful illustration book, Chat Siamoise, written by Guillaume Bianco. This little book features a witchy little girl who really loves her cat, a perfect subject matter for Ciou's drawings! The story is written both in French and English, so you can learn while you read!
Malojo brough us some books too! Tales of the Uncute is a collection of selected works from the 2009-2013, all of which are totally sick.
Along with the incredible new works for our show Dima Drjuchin is releasing his first 3 dimensional collectible art piece! Follow him here @dimadrjuchin to see them painted leading up to the show, but for now... a sneak peak!
As an artist/musician, Dima does some absolutely incredible work with instruments. He will be bringing some of these customized pedals and amps to the show for your viewing pleasure. This will be the second time his amazing gear has been in the shop, as he played a rockin show at the Biennial Closing Party.
Whether you are in the market for an original piece, a print from the shop, or some sweet zines, this opening is going to be a real blast. We hope to see everybody there!
Opening Event Saturday April 5th
7pm to 11pm
Permalink | Cotton Candy Machine, New Releases, Events, Parties, Mindless Entertainment, Art, Openings, In Store