Simply put, our David Cook (aka Bonethrower) and Junko Mizuno opening was TOTALLY RAD. There was so much excitement for this show that a massive line formed around the block as we were setting up. This opening was truly special, as it was actually Junko's first major East Coast show, a fact that helped draw a huge crowd.




Almost every one of Junko's pieces sold at the show, but we do have ONE original drawing left. Click to Purchase!

We also have some incredible silkscreened posters from Junko. These are the first Artist Proofs Junko has put up for sale, so this is a rare and amazing opportunity to have a hand selected piece from a prolific artist.


David's work, collectively titled "Black Metal Church (on Acid)," was phenomenal as always. Some of the pieces recalled imagery we are used to seeing from Bonethrower, like tongue-wagging skulls and exaggerated nipples, while others demonstrated a new, architectural direction. These are truly his Black Metal Churches and they seem like the only places that could possibly house his colorfully demonic creations. We still have quite a few of these incredible works for sale on our site, so take a look!



We were also super stoked to welcome our new friend, the Sticker God, into the Cotton Candy Machine. Featuring awesome silkscreened stickers by some seriously cool artists, the Sticker God has made a great addition to the shop, especially for those of us who grew up in malls and arcades that held these oldschool sticker dispensers. This one-of-a-kind machine was made by Tyler Howorth, Jessi Highet and Knox White, through Tyler's sweet company Waste Cog Studos. Thank you guys so much for letting us pray to your Sticker God!


As always, the crowd was colorful and fun, making the night even more exciting. Here are a few photos of our awesome attendees, but be sure to check out the event page for even more!


Thank you so much to everybody that made it out to this show. We had a killer time and sincerely hope you did too! (Judging from these photos, fun was truly had by all.)
Before the night even began, we at the Cotton Candy Machine knew that Amart Stewart's Hip Hop Royalty Party was going to be a bit different from our previous events. It marked the end of our first artist residency, an awesome new venture that we hope to continue exploring in the future, and featured massive oil portraits unlike anything we've ever shown before. Rather than just being a show opening, this night was a true celebration of the artist and his most current work. After witnessing his hard work and incredible turn-out, dozens of good people showed up to congratulate Amar on his finished collection. People did not just come to see paintings of Biggie and Tupac, but also to simply support the artist that became a unique fixture in our shop. The night started out wonderfully. The paintings were gorgeous and the crowd was (as always) excellent. We had the whole month of February watching Amar paint in the gallery to get stoked about the Hip Hop Royalty Party, but nothing could have prepared us for the wild events that actually went down that night. As folks were happily chatting with Amar and admiring the work, four sneaky attendees were planning a heinous theft that rocked the Cotton Candy Machine community.







In spite of this awful ordeal, Amar has gotten some very exciting press lately and was even dubbed number 3 on PolicyMic's List of
Ten New Contemporary Artists Challenging Everything We Knew About Art
. How rad is that?!

Check out these other awesome articles about Amar and his work:

Frank151: Inside the Cotton Candy Machine with Amar Stewart
 
The Source: Dutch Master Paints Our Rap Royals

Bedford and Bowery: Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

A few hours into the evening, our gallery owner (and real life Batman) Sean Lenoard noticed three massive paintings missing from the back room and instantly ran out the door in hopes of catching the culprit. Being the rockstar that he is, Sean managed to chase down the thief holding the largest of the pieces, a 5 foot tall portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was able to detain the thief (while still clutching the painting) until the police arrived to arrest him. As the Daily News stated, "His thief-catching skills are a work of art."



"This was after my long chase with Louis Lassalle, who is now under arrest and facing charges of grand Larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. I found him blocks away from Cotton Candy Machine with this Basquiat portrait by Amar Stewart, stashed between a fence and a railing. I confronted him and dialed 911. He immediately started threatening me and telling me to leave. He called someone and told them I hand found him. He kept threatening me and trying to scare me off. It made me laugh even though this guy could have killed me. I just knew he couldn’t catch me and the was no way I was going to just leave. He tried to run and jumped in a cab, so I rushed to the passenger side door and opened it to yell at the driver. Telling him that I was on the phone with 911 and he couldn’t take this guy anywhere. Louis got out of the cab and came at me, threatened me again. This happened with cab after cab as I began chasing him and stopping cabs from taking him away. Doing all this while carrying a giant 5′ painting. a few times I’d just run in front of the taxi and start yelling until the cabby would roll down the window and hear me out. I had to keep updating the 911 operator as we ran through the neighborhood. I chased him almost to the subway at North 7th and Driggs Ave. Then when it got a little crowded, and I was making a lot of noise about the situation, he started chasing me back the same way we came. So I’m running with this painting working against me as a wind sail, trying to keep my distance. We got to North 4th and Driggs when I saw the police coming down the street. He tried to bolt one more time but he was fat and winded and didn’t make it far. The officers arrested him and took him away. They have been questioning him about the other suspects involved. The DA’s office has been a huge help today. Thank you friends, the news media, the art community and NYPD for continuing to help. We are still missing 2 paintings and we will find them. Thank you again for your support."
- Sean Leonard, as reported on freewilliamsburg.com

The great freewilliamsburg article continues to say, "Despite Leonard’s heroic efforts, three of the four thieves got away with two paintings: portraits of Nelson Mandela and Snoop lion are still missing. So, if you know somebody who recently acquired a giant Renaissance-style portrait of Snoop Lion or Nelson Mandela, you should probably call the cops." YES, YOU SHOULD! Here are images of the portraits. We appreciate any information you may have on their whereabouts or the suspects responsible.









We sincerely appreciate the support that the media and NYPD have shown us. Tons of stations jumped on our story, helping us to spread the word and even make National News! Thank you so much to these stations for reporting the story! We are still hoping with all our might that the paintings might find their way back home.










Take a listen to this sweet interview with Amar and Sean, peppered with some excellent Hip Hop tracks:


Here is a great shot from this radio interview!



Here are links to all the news coverage on the whole ordeal:

New York Post: Gallery owner chases down art thief

Good Morning America: Gallery Owner's Chasing Down Art Thief a Stroke of Tenacity

Free Williamsburg:
Gallery owner chases PBR-sipping art thief through the streets of Williamsburg to recover portrait of Snoop Lion


DNA Info:
Thief Who Swiped Three Paintings from Gallery Caught Red Handed, NYPD Says


Yahoo! News (GMA) : Sean Leonard hit the streets of Brooklyn when a suspect ran off with a $10,000 painting.

News 12 Brooklyn: Art gallery owner takes down thief, recovers stolen painting in Williamsburg

CBS New York: Suspect Arrested In Brooklyn After Artist Retrieves Painting, Chases Him Down

CBS  Followup: Brooklyn Gallery Owner Speaks Out About Stolen Artwork As Search For Paintings Continues

NY1 News: Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Three Paintings from Art Gallery in Brooklyn

Brokelyn: Williamsburg art thieves make off with giant Nelson Mandela, Snoop Lion paintings

New York Daily News: Brooklyn art gallery owner stops thief who tried running off with pricey painting of Basquiat

ABC 7 Eyewitness News: Gallery Owner Chases Down Artful Dodger

Soundcheck WNYC: Rap Royalty As Painted By A 17th Century Dutch Master

The L Magazine: Portrait of a Failed Williamsburg Art Heist

The L Magazine: The Thief Behind Bungled Williamsburg Art Heist Has Been Indicted

Bedford and Bowery:‘Art-less Dodger’ Indicted For Swiping Portraits of Basquiat, Mandela and Snoop

OMG Posters: The Craziest Thing Ever Happened at The Cotton Candy Machine Earlier This Month…

InsideTheRockPosterFrame: Amar Stewart and the art heist at Cotton Candy Machine

If you have any information regarding these paintings or the suspects, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Cotton Candy Cave

Nick Fiore
Thu 03.20.14
If you've been to one of the opening events here at the Cotton Candy Machine in the past six months, there's a good chance I've asked to take your picture. I'm Nick, the photographer/videographer of all things Cotton Candy Machine. When I'm not filming the openings, artwork, and insanely talented artists who come through CCM each month, I like to host a little web series called Smut Cave, in which I explore weird things on the internet with a twisted journalistic eye.




As luck would have it, many of the artists involved with Cotton Candy Machine have the sort of maniacal sensibilities I like to showcase on Smut Cave, and thanks to the support of the good people at this fine art boutique, I've been able to interview some of them in person on the show.

This glorious union, of Smut Cave and Cotton Candy Machine, has allowed for some VERY candid and VERY strange artist interviews, which I am pleased to share with you in all of their NSFW glory. HUGE thanks to everyone at Cotton Candy Machine who made this madness possible:

1. SKINNER - The first victim to wander from CCM down into the Smut Cave, Skinner really set the stage with a mock-satanic ceremony complete with bloodletting:




2. DIMA DRJUCHIN - Dima's Smut Cave interview actually took place before he had any shows CCM, but his greatness secured his place within the canon of legendary Cotton Candy Artists. Be sure to watch through to the climactic sci-fi laser battle:




3. ALEX PARDEE - One of the most well-known artists to ever grace the Smut Cave, Alex was exceedingly generous both in his interview and in bringing out the costumes and makeup that would help define this psychedelic vision:




4. NICK GAZIN - Although Nick has yet to show his work at Cotton Candy Machine, his prolific presence in the New York art scene and broad-spanning body of work (including illustrations for pretty much every band you've ever listened to) made him a necessary addition to the Smut Cave:




For better or worse, these artists bared the core of their souls and hit me with a number of surprising responses through each and every interview. None of this would be possible without the cooperation of Cotton Candy Machine; a collaborative effort so powerful that the host of Smut Cave is the same guy asking to take your picture at the next opening event. Come say hi at our next event, and tell 'em the Spelunker sent ya! Or don't, that's actually really creepy....
It would be a massive understatement to say that the opening of our David Cook / Junko Mizuno show was a great success. It was mind-blowing! The work was incredible, the crowd was super awesome, and we had a case of delicious wine donated by Brix Wine Shop in the East Village. Thank you to everybody that made it out! It was an excellent evening. After creating a ton of new pieces for the show (most of which have already sold!) and journeying to the East Coast, Junko took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Thank you, Junko!







1. Can you remember the first time you felt inspired to make a piece of art?

No, I can't remember that because I was already drawing when I was two. I just naturally started making art and I don't know when and how it happened.

2. Do you doodle or keep sketchbooks?

Before I start sketching for a painting, I doodle on random pieces of paper to put the ideas in my head together but I usually throw them away once the final sketch is done.

3. You are well known for your comics as well as your paintings. Is your thought/working process very different for these two distinct art forms?

Kind of different and kind of similar. For a comic, I first come up with ideas, write them down as a script, make it into a storyboard then sketch and ink. For a painting I also start coming up with ideas first, doodle to put them together, then sketch and paint.

4. Were you pulling from any new inspiration or influences while making work for your show at the Cotton Candy Machine?

Since it's my first full show in NY, I decided to make it like an introduction to my world and I've put a lot of elements that often appear in my work. So the show is kind of inspired and influenced by my own art.

5. Is there any medium that you have not worked with that you would like to try?

I have a lot of things I'd love to try!! Sculpture (I've done it a little in my past, though), collage art, embroidery, etc, etc... I really wish I had ten more bodies!

6. Are there any artists working right now that you would like to collaborate with? If so, who?

I love Thu Tran who does amazing food-themed art! I recently got to talk with her via email. It would be great if I could do something
with her in the future!

7. What would be an ideal art project that you have not yet done?


Indoor theme park / museum is my dream project! I'm thinking about doing it after I turn 60 or so.

Oh man, we can't wait to see THAT!











To see more sweet photos from the opening, click here! All available originals from this stellar show are up in our shop now, so head on over and take a look!

Fan Art Part Five

Grace Lang
Sun 03.09.14
This week's fan art post comes from Aaron Tompkins, who is a rad painter and big time CCM fan. Here is what he has to say:

"It is inspiring me to see the art being shown at Cotton Candy Machine. An awesome diversity, but every artist is "A class" and all masters of there own styles. I aspire to have that connection with my artwork.

My favorite Cotton Candy machine artists are Alex Pardee, Tara Mcpherson & Bwana Spoons. These artists have created fully realized worlds that the viewer gets a window into. This is what i aspire to do... To create another dimension, have a direct connection to it and help it to grow to it's full potential."



We can see hints of all the artists he cites as inspiration, but this piece is still totally his own. The colors are very Bwana Spoons!  You definitely are creating a window into your own radical dimension, Aaron. Keep it up and thank you for sending us your work!

 

We could not be more stoked for our upcoming show opening on Friday March 7th, featuring Junko Mizuno and David M. Cook! Both of these talented artists are dear friends of the Cotton Candy Machine and we have always loved showing their work. Junko has shown in all three of our Tiny Trifectas and her amazing comics are consistant sellers in the shop. David, who also answers to Bonethrower, has been consistantly featured at the Cotton Candy Machine since the very beginning. Even after two solo shows with us, one in March 2012 and one in July 2013, as well as a mini exhibition/party this past November, we still can't get enough of his work.

  

Both artists are flying in from the West Coast and will be present at the event, showing entirely new original works. To preview the work, head on over to our event page! For those of you looking for an alternative to purchasing an original, you are in luck! Both David and Junko will have other goodies. The event will mark a special giclee print release for two of Junko's newest paintings in the show. One of the prints will be released in the store only, while the other will be released online only the night before the opening, Thursday March 6th. These beautiful giclees will both be printed in editions of 25, so this is a very limited opportunity!



In addition to all the amazing originals and the giclee print release, we will also have a special opportunity for the first 50 people to arrive...a raffle! The super cool art/jewelry company, Morphik, has generously donated two beautiful (LIMITED EDITION OF 250!) leather bracelets featuring  tiny replicas of Junko's piece, "Pregnancy," and we can't wait to send two lucky attendees home with these unique cuffs!


"Morphik is an independent, artist-driven fashion company based in Los Angeles and New York City with a mission to create intimate and provocative relationships between people and art."  Thank you, Morphik, for your incredible donation!

David will also be bringing some rad goodies (hats, t-shirts and skatedecks!) from Mid Life, a collaboration between him and his buddy Greg Anderson and hopefully some new prints. We still have a few remaining giclees from David's event with us in November for sale in the shop and online, so feel free to take a look

 
Please join us for this spectacular show's opening reception! Like all our events, there will be beer, music, and some seriously cool people to chat with. Both of these artists are based in California, so this is a rare chance to meet them on the East Coast, as well as see some of their astounding originals up close and personal. We hope to see all CCM patrons, new and old, in the gallery this Friday!

Also make sure to follow Junko on Twitter and David on Instagram!

Junko Mizuno and David M. Cook
Opening Event Friday March 7th
7pm to 11pm



Fan Art Part Three and Four

Grace Lang
Sat 03.01.14
There has been so much going on at the Cotton Candy Machine lately that we fell behind with our fan art posts! Since we missed last week, we are posting two this week! The first piece comes from Erica Perjatel, who has been inspired by Tara's work for years. Here is what she has to say about the Cotton Candy Machine:

"I cannot remember when it was that I stumbled across Tara's work, but I know it was before Cotton Candy Machine opened because I was super excited that Tara was opening a gallery that I could visit...I remember her artwork being the first that I said to myself "wow, this girl is making art that I truly like, with content that is similar to what I like to paint or draw, that I would want hang in my home"...I even think that it was finding Tara's work years ago that led to me Juxtapoz and High Fructose magazines..which now has led me to so many favorite artists. I follow Cotton Candy Machine on facebook and...I think its awesome that it's a space that anyone can walk into off the street and see some amazing quality art, instead of some pretentious gallery that's intimidating."


Thanks so much for sending us your work, Erica! This piece totally reminds us of Tara's amazing Cosmic Serpent painting from her most recent solo show, Wandering Luminations. Wonderful!

The second piece comes from Alejandro Giraldo, who says he found our gallery while looking fot Tara's artwork.

He says, "It (the Cotton Candy Machine) has inspired me, not only in the way of creating, but in the way of working with other people to create things from group projects to exhibitions. It has opened my eyes to new talents and new ways of seeing art. I must have to say, that I find in Tara´s work a lot of melancholy and it touches deeply in my heart, it´s a big source of inspiration for my own work."


This piece is too sweet, Alejandro! Thank you for sending it our way! This awesome duo brings to mind Tara's Kitty Wiggle and Bunny Wiggle! Perhaps even a little Ace and Ion?

Thank you both for the beautiful work and keep it up!

The Cotton Candy Machine is beyond excited to host Amar Stewart's Hip Hop Royalty Party, exhibiting all the phenomenal work he has created while working with us in New York.

"Amar Stewart is a New York based artist from London, England. His influences lie somewhere between Music and City Life. 



Growing up in a small town in the Midlands he began drawing at a young age typically sketching super heros in his scrap book. It was only in his 20's when he moved to London that he saw a whole new world. The city being filled with so much energy and creativity fed his mind with ideas. The next 8 years would be a learning experience. Experimenting with concepts, painting techniques, travelling and finding out what path he wanted to go down."

The Cotton Candy Machine is proud to have Amar as our first ever Artist in Residence. All month long he has been in the shop painting like a madman and we have really enjoyed watching his progress.



Although painting oil portraits is not new for Amar, the pieces he has been working on at CCM have one very cool new (well, actually pretty old) influence: Dutch master Frans Hals the Elder (c. 1582 – 26 August 1666). It's true that the Dutch masters have influenced plenty of painters, but we've never seen anybody use this type of inspiration in quite the same way. Amar dubs these newest pieces "Portraits of Hip Hop Royalty" and you'd be hard pressed to find a better name. By combining the faces of beloved hip hop icons with classical 17th century attire, Amar is creating a mashup of old and new that transcends time, carving out its own unique place in today's contemporary art world.



Amar's current work pays homage to some of hip hop's greatest fallen icons. Artists like Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and Left Eye find new life in these paintings as kings and warriors, further reminding us that their legacies will never be forgotten. Just as the classical Dutch portraiture that inspires Amar's work has stood the enormous test of time, these modern day "masters" of Hip Hop are sure to inspire future artists for generations to come.



But Amar is not only painting icons that have passed on. Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Action Bronson are some of the living artists featured in his new paintings. The faces are recognizable, but we've never seen them looking like this. Eminen stares out at us from beneath a massive cavalier hat, while Mary J. Blige somehow manages to make a huge ruffled collar look timeless and even chic. Simply put, Amar's paintings push the boundaries of what we think of as "modern art." They are like time travellers, adapting into the modern world without completely losing their roots in the past.









Amar Stewart has proven himself as an artist who can pull direct influence from art history, while crafting images that are entirely his own. We love the work he has made here so far and cannot wait to see what the remainder of his residency will bring forth, as well as the work he continues to make in the future.

Please join us on Saturday March 1st for a celebration of Amar's new paintings and a chance to meet this incredible artist!

Amar Stewart
Hip-Hop Royalty Party Saturday March 1st
7pm to 11pm

Open Studio Artist Residency Tuesday to Sunday Noon to 8pm
Email for private viewings info@thecottoncandymachine.com

To see more of Amar's work, check out his website or follow him on instagram!

Here at the Cotton Candy Machine, we love when music and art come together. Tara McPherson never ceases to amaze us with her visual art, but did you know she can also DJ like no one's business?! While in Mexico City for a pop up shop at Custom Rock Garage, Tara made a special Valentines DJ appearence at Caradura and totally rocked it. We have just brought back some fantastic posters from this very cool event!

DJ Set at Caradura Poster
By Tara McPherson
Signed Lithograph
17" x 27"
* There is slight wrinkling on the top right corner from travel, so there is only a $10 price tag!

Purchase Info Here!



The awesome poster layout was done by Smithe with one of Tara's new paintings from her Wandering Luminations show at Jonathon Levine Gallery.

Thank you to everyone who made it to this event as well as the signing at Guru Galeria. We only have limited quantities on this lithograph so act fast!

Check out these super rad photos of Tara rocking out, courtesy of @absolute_n!!




Tara McPherson Gig Posters

Grace Lang
Tue 02.18.14
Do you like music? Do you like art? YOU ARE IN LUCK! We just released a ton of Tara McPherson's earliest gigposters on our website! Many of Tara's popular characters and motifs find their roots in her early poster art, so owning one is a pretty amazing opportunity.

Click Here to Check Out All Our Rock Posters!!

Take, for instance, this 2002 poster for the Blackheart Procession...



Tara McPherson fans are all familiar with her heartless girl, but did you know this poster marks her first appearence ever?! Comissioned by the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, the poster not only features rockin' indie bands, but also has special significance to the artist. Can you think of a better reason for adding it to your collection?

Black Heart Procession, Ilya, Pleaseeasaur
By Tara McPherson
$25
Lithograph
11" x 17"
Edition of 300
2002
Signed and numbered.


Purchase Info Here!

Another amazing poster that has a special place in Tara's heart is this one she did for the Stitches, the Fakes, and the New Detectives back in 2002.



She cites herself as the client for this poster, as she used to play bass in the New Detectives. How cool is that? Featuring three awesome bands and some tasty looking shrimp, this poster is a must for Tara's collectors and fans. She says of it, "I think this was my first decent poster," making it basically a piece of contemporary art history.

The Stitches, The Fakes, The New Detectives
By Tara McPherson
$25
Lithograph
11" x 17"
Edition of 300
2002
Signed and numbered.


Purchase Info Here!

We do not have many remaining prints for most of these awesome posters and once they are gone, they are gone forever, so act fast!!

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