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!

On Saturday June 6th, Cotton Candy Machine opened its doors to the biggest show of the year again- Tiny Trifecta. We were so excited to showcase over 100 artists at this year's Tiny Trifecta and the turn out was even more amazing! The variety of artists offered something for everyone and excitment was buzzing over each $100 piece.



As always, this show was curated by Tara McPherson and featured some of the coolest artists working today:

Killer Acid, Rachel Adler, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Andrei Bouzikov, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Deedee Cheriel, Luke Chueh, Ciou, David M Cook, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edminston, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, Ian Ferguson, Eric Fortune, AJ Fosik, Mab Graves, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Chad Halbert, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Joka, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Aya Kakeda, Andrea Kang, Andy Kehoe, Boy Kong, Kraken, Ian Kuali’i, Brad Kunkle, Grace Lang, Jesse LeDoux, Tim Lee, Henry Lewis, Kristen Liu, Farron Loathing, Lola, Travis Louie, Tina Lugo, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Malojo, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Dan May, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Caitlin McCormack, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Heiko Müller, Yoh Nagao, Lori Nelson, Joohee Park, Shaunna Peterson, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Arabella Proffer, Martha Rich, Matt Ritchie, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Lucas Ruggieri, Jay Ryan, Isabel Samaras, Skinner, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Brian Sparrow, Beau Stanton, Diana Sudyka, Chris Uphues, Adam Wallacavage, Elizabeth Winnel, Wizard Skull, Yoskay Yamamoto & Lauren YS




Ronan was clearly very excited... and the feeling was contagious!!



Even more amazing was the dedication and enthusiasm of all those who waited in line to buy their own favorite Tiny Trifecta piece. We loved seeing family, friends and new friends gather together all excited to be a part of this fantastic night. Without this community, Tiny Trifecta wouldn't be what it is. 



"For this years mini print numbering pre registration at 4pm everyone got one of these three prints by Esao Andrews! It turns out the first three collectors in line had Esao's original paintings as their first pick. Now everyone who registered in line scored one of these mini Giclee prints for free. It's been a wonderful few years since Esao used a corner of Tara's studio to work and paint for a show, to now when people are camping in front of the same space open at CCM to buy his art inside for this show. Unbelievable!"
-Sean Leonard
These prints are now available for purchase in the shop!



Speaking of the first three in line.. here they are! Now, THOSE are some happy campers, huh? Thank you so much, Joe, Paul and Dan for keeping the excitement up and being some of the most dedicated collectors out there!



One of the biggest added bonuses of the event was a special visit from our friend, Daniel Danger. We were lucky enough to hold a pop-up show of Danger's amazing work and showcase it through the whole weekend. Naturally, his pieces were a hit and his embellished clayboard screen prints sold out fast. Having his art up in the shop during the Tiny Trifecta was an amazing addition to our show and everyone who came would definitely agree.






We were also very thrilled to show pieces by French duo, Malojo and Ciou. The two experiment with the integration of fantasy and horror. Their intricate detail and design of these mysteriously wondrous characters leave people wanting to see more- making them a hit last Saturday!



Also at Tiny Trifecta was Lana Crooks and her faux specimens. Using materials as simple as wool, Crooks brings these little creatures to life in the most breathtaking way. They were such a joy to see in person!



Philadelphia-based painter, Joka, also was on display last Saturday and we couldn't have been more happy about it. JoKa, often known for his pieces that take a distorted view of reality, shows here a beautiful pointalism painting created using solely toothpicks. 



We were so happy to have Megan Massacre in the show! Megan Massacre is a renowned tattoo artist based in New York City and has been featured in shows such as America's Worst Tattoos and NY Ink. Not only could the lucky buyers take home one of Megan Massacre's drawings but they could have Megan herself tattoo it inside Cotton Candy Machine!




And for those of you who could not make it to the event, you are in luck! There are some incredible pieces left over and they are all available for purchase on our website!





Thank you to all the artists and everyone who came out to Tiny Trifecta this year and a special shoutout to Beau Stanton for this amazing mural, making the perfect backdrop for our Tiny Trifecta pieces!  Also thank you to Hi-Fructose and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for your wonderful coverage on the event! Each and every one of you made it such a special and memorable night. 

Daniel Danger: Back in Brooklyn

Grace Lang
Thu 06.04.15
In addition to celebrating the Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta this Saturday, we are also thrilled to announce an event with the legendary Daniel Danger, happening all weekend long! Now, an already exciting weekend is bound to be even bigger and better than ever before! Since the Trifecta crowd has already began camping out in front of the shop, we want to give them a little something special this year. Of course, the event is open to absolutely everybody, campers and non campers alike!

Daniel Danger is an illustrator and printmaker working out of New England. The son of an middle school art teacher married to a professional potter, Daniel was never going to be a mathematician or claims adjuster for a top rated insurance agency. Amidst old houses dead from the fallout of urban sprawl, railway bridges asleep from neglect, and trees that engulf everything; his work attempts to remind you of something you may have said to someone, or something someone may have said to you; back in that time period thats just too far away to remember clearly, but not so long ago you forgot about it completely. His memories and many of his friends are simply ghosts now, shaking him awake with mistimed alarm clocks and the sounds of a television from across the house. Documentation is key to get through the day. Things are always changing and its easy to lose yourself.

As a continuation of a print edition we did with Daniel in May 2013, we will be releasing more of his amazing screenprints on clayboard, each of which will be hand-embellished by the master himself. Both prints feature Daniel's incredible dilapidated houses, as well as special embellishments such as wolves, deer and foliage. So, please join us on Friday, June 5th at 7 pm to celebrate the beginning of this momentous weekend!

Here are the base screenprints before embellishment!



And here are two versions of the hand embellishment possibilities!

The prints on the left will be released as 12 x 16 inch screenprints on clayboard, while the ones on the right will measure 16 x 20 inches.

Opening Event Friday June 5th
7 to 11pm

Runs Saturday June 6th & Sunday June 7th

Tiny Trifecta Preview

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15



It's that time of year again for the Cotton Candy Machine! The Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta show is fast approaching, June 6th at 7 pm! A plethora of artists providing three pieces each to the show, all at $100 a pop. All original work will be sold first come first served in order for those who wait and preregistration begins the day of the show at 4pm! Art enthusiasts line up for the most unique show we do, here's some dedicated homies from last year!

Killer Acid, Rachel Adler, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Andrei Bouzikov, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Deedee Cheriel, Luke Chueh, Ciou, David M Cook, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edminston, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, Ian Ferguson, Eric Fortune, AJ Fosik, Mab Graves, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Chad Halbert, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Joka, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Aya Kakeda, Andrea Kang, Andy Kehoe, Boy Kong, Kraken, Ian Kuali’i, Brad Kunkle, Grace Lang, Jesse LeDoux, Tim Lee, Henry Lewis, Kristen Liu, Farron Loathing, Lola, Travis Louie, Tina Lugo, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Malojo, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Dan May, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Caitlin McCormack, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Heiko Müller, Yoh Nagao, Lori Nelson, Joohee Park, Shaunna Peterson, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Arabella Proffer, Martha Rich, Matt Ritchie, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Lucas Ruggieri, Jay Ryan, Isabel Samaras, Skinner, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Brian Sparrow, Beau Stanton, Diana Sudyka, Chris Uphues, Adam Wallacavage, Elizabeth Winnel, Wizard Skull, Yoskay Yamamoto & Lauren YS

Curated by Tara McPherson





This is a day you won't want to miss, here's a preview of some of the amazing work that will be available for purchase in this massive show!



Jim McKenzie for Tiny Trifecta @jimmckenzie



Killer Acid is joining the ranks this year! @killeracid




Michael Hacker returns for another year of the Trifecta! @michaelhackerillustration



Kelly Denato for Tiny Trifecta! @nopunchbacks



Esao Andrews for Tiny Trifecta! @esao


Matt Richie for Tiny Trifecta! @rat136




Mab Graves for Tiny Trifecta! @mabgraves



Isabel Samaras for Tiny Trifecta! @isabelsamaras.art



Brandi Milne for Tiny Trifecta! @brandimilne



Arabella Proffer for Tiny Trifecta! @arabellaproffer



#zoebyland for Tiny Trifecta! @#zoebyland

Be sure to get a spot in line to witness the magic. It's going to be a good night in the Cotton Candy Machine!

@thecottoncandymachine



























Myles Karr in the House

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15
Today is a big day for the Cotton Candy Machine, our first ever in-house tattoo session courtesy of Myles Karr! His set up is in our shop today instead of his usual Three Kings Tattoo, and we are very happy to have him. We invite all who can come to the shop and get inked! Myles will be here all day, doing all new designs, many of which are inspired CCM artists, Like Dima Drjuchin, Allison Sommers and Daniel Danger. All tattoos will cost between $100-150, so come early to put your name on the list! The event will work on a first-come-first-serve basis and we promise to supply tons of eye candy while you wait!

Take a look at the designs you can acquire on your flesh today from this very talented man:







All set up and ready to go!







The first tattoo to ever be completed in the Cotton Candy Machine's walls! 





An Allison Sommers inspired piece! Check it out, here's her original painting, still available for sale:



Misere Nobis
Original Art
by Allison Sommers
Gouache, Mixed Media and Collage on Paper, Framed
12 x 9.5 Inches
$750.00

There is a first time for everything and we are very happy with how this is going. Stop in and get inked, or just watch Myles do his thing and check out the work we have up for They Live, which ends tomorrow! 


@myleskarr
@threekingstattoo
@thecottoncandymachine
@awsommers
@dimadrjuchin
@tinymediaempire
@taramcpherson



An Interruption Of Blood

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.30.15
Tara McPherson has a new giclee available in the shop, check out this beautiful woman: An Interruption of Blood is an oil painting on linen that Tara did for the Juxtapoz 20th anniversary show in LA, 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz. This also happens to be a work that caused an uproar on instagram regarding the #FreetheNipple cause, arguing that there is a disconnect in fairness regarding female nudity on the internet vs. male nudity, resulting in Instagram issuing an apology to Tara and removing the flag on the photo. Instagram's anti-topless mission infiltrating the fine art world was what was most disconcerting, as this is not an obscene image in virtually any sense of the word, but it seems as though they are loosening their clutches somewhat on these regulations after instances such as this keep occurring. It's truly refreshing to see a point proven on the basis of defending a work of art, proving the immense power that a painting can harness. The influence of the visual arts can sometimes be discredited or forgotten in this day and age, but instances like this prove that mindset to be obtuse. 
 
An Interruption Of Blood
Giclees
by Tara McPherson
$70.00

This giclee used the image from Tara's original oil painting, Created for the Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary show in Los Angeles.

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100
17" x 21.5"

Use promo code "Springsale" to save 15%!

Keep up with Tara as she prepares for her upcoming solo exhibition at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome by following her on instagram @taramcpherson


Secret Serpents and Faith No More

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.16.15
Tara McPherson has a wide repetoire when it comes to making artwork and posters for musicians. The correlation between the visual arts and music is something to be celebrated, which McPherson wastes no time in doing. She has created artwork for seemingly all the best, making corresponding pieces for the musical stylings of so many talented soundmakers: Kings of Leon, The Mars Volta, Blonde Redhead, Interpol, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, The Hives, There Will Be Blood, Mastodon and many others. 



Most recently Tara has been working with Faith No More, who is currently on their 2015 tour. Tara has some beautiful printed posters for them, and there is a limited amount still available for sale, all signed by the artist herself. They can be purchased from the Secret Serpents online store, a company who sells a variety of printed artwork as well as original artwork for a variety of different bands. 

Regular Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$40


Variant Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$100


McPherson created a poster for each night that Faith No More played at Webster Hall in New York City on this tour. Each poster also has a variant edition, featuring the exact same poster but in an alternative colorway. The regular prints come in an edition of 115, while the variant edition size is a mere 35!  Because the edition size is so small, these variant prints cost a bit more, but the killer purple hues make it well worth those extra bucks. There is a limited amount still available for sale, all signed and numbered by the artist herself.

Regular Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$40


Variant Edition
Silkscreen
18" x 24"
Edition of 115
Signed and Numbered
$100


McPherson has worked to make posters for Faith No More in the past, such as this one from a show in Williamsburg in 2010, which is no longer available for purchase from Secret Serpents (or anywhere else!), but is eternally rad and therefore has been added to this blog post.



Faith No More is killing it this year, all their posters are exclusively only available through Secret Serpents. Follow Faith No More on instagram if you want to stay updated on all of the wickedness @faithnomore 



Tara took this killer shot from one of the nights at Webster!

You can follow Secret Serprents on instagram to keep up with poster updates and to follow some really cool bands @secretserpents

Also be sure to follow
@thecottoncandymachine and @taramcpherson for updates on all the illustration fine/art artists that you could possibly sink your teeth into.

Mad Max: Fury Road Inspired Artists

Kelly Garrett & Grace Lang
Sat 05.16.15
It is fascinating to witness overlap in creative fields, and to see how the influences of 2D productions can expand and infiltrate 3D and 4D work. For George Miller's latest creation of the horrifying dystopian society that is "Mad Max: Fury Road", he enlisted the help of many talented artists to assist him in the storyboard process during preliminary stages of the film. The end result is a catalogue of artist responses to a war ravaged, water-deprived, destitute landscape that Miller has manifested from the deepest, darkest cavities of his brain. The book, "Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists," contains incredible artwork from artists scattered all over the world,
including but not limited to our very own Tara McPherson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Bermejo, Dave Johnson, Paul Pope, a friend of The Cotton Candy Machine who has shown his work on our walls, David Mack, Howard Chaykin, Nicola Scott, Gabriele Dell'Otto, Cliff Chiang, George Pratt, Tommy Lee Edwards, John Paul Leon, Teddy Kristiansen, Simon Bisley, Gilbert Hernandez, Javier Pulido, Declan Shalvey, Rebekah Isaacs, Dave McKean, and many more!  It includes a brief commentary from each artist, with a forward by George Miller. The book has been released by DC Comic's imprint, Vertigo in conjunction to the film's May release.



For many artists, the question, "what is your inspiration?" can be somewhat daunting. An often elusive force, an artist's inspiration is constantly evolving, finding new ways to manifest in the work. Sometimes, all of the specific influences that lead to a piece's completion are tough to pin down, even for the artists themselves. When it comes to inspiration, there's usually a little bit of this and a little bit of that, sprinklings of the countless ideas and images that make up our creative lives. Knowing this, it is always fun to find ways in which different artists work from the same basic inspiration. Director George Miller clearly recognizes this, calling his curated book  "a brigade of wonderful artists from all around the planet 'freestyling' their responses to the movie." The book is a codex of interpretations, all stemming from the same dystopic universe but ending up in their very own realms of Mad Max territory.

Take, for instance, Tara's painting of the characer Furiosa played by Charlize Theron, shown below. 



Tara McPherson writes "She has such a strong look and intense makeup that really resonated with me. I knew I had to paint her the instant I saw her,". McPherson is known for her compelling ability to depict powerful, independent women of all sorts. Charlize Theron's character in this movie is more than appropriate subject matter for McPherson, as she completely proves to be a prominent symbol for female strength. The fact that Tara felt so attracted to the character's intense makeup is no surprise to fans of her work. Many of Tara's paintings and drawings use makeup to convey complex emotions rather than simply a pretty face. From her dripping heart-tears to her candy colored corpse paint, Tara's use of makeup (much like her girls themselves) depict both human strength and human vulnerability. Makeup is the impermanent mask we choose to show the world, a mask capable of both camoflaging and revealing the person underneath. This feels especially true for a character like Furiosa, a woman once valued only for exploitation who has risen up for the sake of justice. The soot and dust that surround her, evidence of her struggling world, create the intense makeup that so many find commanding.



As was Miller's intention in curating this project, the book contains multiple interpretations of the same characters, each crafted by a different hand. This demonstrates that although multiple artists chose the same starting point from which to work, they chose these points for different reasons and took them in different directions. Like Tara, David Mack also chose the character Furiosa as his focus. Although he does not mention the character's iconic makeup look as the specific element that fuelled the piece, he certainly includes it. Mack's added commentary reads, “For this new film, I was fascinated with the religious connotations. The iconography and tribalism based on a belief system with a central metaphor of the machine."

Ryan Kelly, too, focuses on the film's heroine, as well as the other powerful females surrounding her. In a more classic comic style, this piece captures its characters mid-movement, each of them braving the elements of a ruthless wasteland. In Furiosa's face and stance, we see a determined warrior prepared for anything.




Marguerite Sauvage is another artist who felt instantly attracted to Furiosa's power. She states, “the women characters; so beautiful, strong and numerous, these female characters had to be the main part of my image. I also was struck by the image of the abandoned dead tree in this red or blue desert of dust, so I took care to integrate it into my image. Then my image will speak by herself about the feelings I wanted to convey, from determination to faith or fate.”



Here's a look at Paul Pope's piece for the book, which also focuses on some of the film's badass babes.



"Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists." is available for purchase through Vertigo as well as through Amazon. Be sure to get a copy to take a look at the vast array of astounding responses to the post-apocalyptic wasteland Miller conceived.



George Miller was interested in the idea of a female road warrior that would be equivalent to Max for this installment, and praised Theron for her complete dedication and the authenticity she brought to the role. He referred to the women in the movie as an organic element that he would definitely like to incorporate more into future installments. Theron commented on Miller's capacity for celebrating the female race with "I always had this little voice in my head of George going, 'well, now I'm going to show you a real woman.' When you come across that rare filmmaker that really wants to embrace that, it's really nice, and should there be more of that? Hell yeah."



In the movie, a tyrannical warlord holds women captive to utilize as his sex slaves and wet nurses, treating them like his own personal livestock. Furiosa, played by Theron, breaks free from this imprisonment and becomes a renegade for the others still under the warlord's control, complete with a shaved head and a mechanical arm that she rigged herself, allowing her to be a sharpshooter who can also operate an 18 wheel war machine through the desert. She's trying to liberate the other women the warlord has in his clutches, who are also all firey, strong woman in their own right.

Tara McPherson and Charlize Theron are both powerful examples of strong women who are capable of tackling many things at once while retaining a level of self love and respect that is beautiful and inspriing to women as a whole. McPherson's interpretation of Furiosa completely captures this feeling of liberation, strength, and determination present in the character's heart. 

Check out the trailer for George Miller's latest masterpiece, featuring powerhouse and dignitary of the female race Charlize Theron. 

Be sure to keep up to date with all things Cotton Candy Machine by following us on instagram! 
@thecottoncandymachin

THEY LIVE

Kelly Garrett
Fri 05.08.15


Recently a group show of epic proportions has been introduced to the Cotton Candy Machine's walls: They Live. The amazing artists featured in this gigantic collection include Alex Pardee, Allison Sommers, Andre Bouzikov, Arik Roper, Boy Kong, Brandi Milne, Brandt Peters, Charlie Immer, Chris Uphues , Ciou, Daniel Danger, David M. Cook, Dima Drjuchin, Elizabeth Winnel, Farron Loathing, Grace Lang, Hikari Shimoda, Karl Deuble, Katie Carillo, Kelly Denato, Kraken, Lauren YS, Lori Nelson, Lucas Ruggieri, Malojo, Nathan Jurevicius, Ramiro Davaro Comas, Sean Mahan, Seher, Seldon Hunt, Skinner, Smithe, Tina Lugo, and of course, Wizard Skull.

The walls are vibrating with the voices and minds of these gifted creators. A mammoth amount of artwork and talent is present in this space until May 31st. With the install of this show came a sweep of new giclee prints from the ever lovely Lori Nelson and our buddy Dima Drjuchin available for purchase, signed and numbered by the artists responsible. Take a look at the new prints available!

Supermoon
Giclees
by Lori Nelson
$30.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
8.5" x 8.5"

Onset of Ugly
Giclees

by Lori Nelson
$30.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
8.5" x 11"



Amazing Larry
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$30.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
8.5" x 8.5"

Old Kid Crashes The Party
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$60.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
17" x 17"



Return of the Wonderer
Giclees
by Dima Drjuchin
$30.00

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
8.5" x 8.5"


It's a great time to come into the shop and spend a while getting a look at all of this work in person. The blood sweat and tears in these works is almost tangible. 













Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine on instagram to stay up to date with events at the gallery and information about the all the artists that come through here.  Also don't forget to keep checking the website for updates on new prints and artwork available for purchase. What a time to be alive with all this artwork at your fingertips!


 



Short Sleeves and Spraypaint

Kelly Garrett
Sat 05.02.15
With the Brooklyn summer charging towards us in full throttle, the sun is shining and the walls outside are buzzing. Artists are getting up everywhere in this neck of the woods: Tristan Eaton, Grace Lang, Lauren YS, K-NOR, and DIMA Drjuchin are tearing up walls left and right with a vengeance. An artistic odyssey, a quest for creation, a journey to allow the greater good a peak into the brains of these amazing makers on a large and public scale at everyone's disposal, making this concrete city a colossal gallery at everyone's fingertips.

Let's take a look into the minds of our artists:

TRISTAN EATON

Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and Brooklyn. After growing up on comic books, graffiti and skateboard culture, Tristan designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and began working as an artist full-time. He has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’, designing the Dunny and Munny figures for Kidrobot.

Shortly after studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Tristan founded Thunderdog Studios, of which he was the President and Creative Director for 10 years. Thunderdog Studios regularly designs and consults for clients such as Nike, Disney and Barack Obama on projects that span the globe across all mediums. In 2012, Tristan moved back to his childhood home of Los Angeles to pursue his paintings and large scale mural projects full-time. Tristan’s work can be seen in galleries around the world and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).



Tristan working on his part of a collaborative wall with Cyrcle"We left our families, We abandoned our homes, We worked for nothing, We slept on floors, We partied hard, We lost our minds, We danced with the devil, We faced our fears, We swallowed our pride, We gave our hearts, We tried and failed, We followed our dreams, We are cyrcle, We never die!"


More shots of collaborative wall.



Ronan looking out for Tristan Eaton.



The wall has been Ronan-approved even before its completion.



Work in Progress on the Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle wall.

Be sure to keep up with Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle by following them on Instagram if you feel so inclined:

@tristaneaton

@CYRCLE

GRACE LANG

Our very own Grace Lang is tearing up the town, getting up in Bushwick and on the Roebling Wall, and even on rooftops with the lovely Lauren YS. Grace has an affinity for tough music and dreams of being Buffy or an alchemist. She studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design while also gaining a BA in Literature from Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts. Grace strives to give her demons and the warriors that slay them form, and is very much interested in the relationship between mind and body. She breathes a light into heavier topics in not-so-serious ways, making her work relatable to many by addressing fears, hopes, and anxieties in a more victorious way. Much of Grace's work stems from the belief that personal demons don't have to be enemies, but can rather be aspects of ourselves that are utilized for good. 



Grace's killer mural in Bushwick by the L train.

Grace Lang and Lauren YS collab up in the sky, Grace did the beast and Lauren did the Babe.



Grace Lang babe on the Roebling wall.

Be sure to stay updated on all things Grace by following her Instagram:

@grooseling

LAUREN YS

Lauren YS moved from Denver to the Bay five years ago to attend Stanford University where she studied Visual Art and English. Unsatisfied with the gallery grind, she started painting murals as a way to work large, travel, connect with urban landscapes and other artists who share a lifestyle of wanderlust. She is inspired by forests and oceans, nasty feelings, things that grow while we are sleeping, ultraviolet colorscapes, little girls who fight monsters, black holes, cybernetic organisms, love, death and jelly.



Lauren's completed gate on the Roebling Wall.



Work in Progress on the gate.



Lauren being a rockstar. 

Follow Lauren on Instagram to keep up with her amazing work:

@lolo_ys

K•NOR

K•NOR is a Brooklyn artist and designer with a penchant for weirdness. He has displayed work in group shows across the US and has worked with top action sports brands including Vans, Burton, Rome SDS, Armada Skis, Vice Media, and Focus Skate Mag. He's been working on a gate at Dardy Bar  just a few doors down from Cotton Candy. 



The finished gate for Dardy Bar.

Be sure to keep up with K•NOR by following his instagram:

@knorcrap


DIMA DRJUCHIN

Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. He graduated Parsons School Of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.

“My work channels different points of reference from my Russian background, to pop culture, to comic books, to fine art, to spirituality, to the occult. I can’t truly say that it’s a commentary on anything, because I am not interested in judging anyone or any thing. I believe it’s more of a reflection of multiple influences that get filtered through my mind and come back out all at once on my canvas redefined to my own liking. That said, I also try not to take anything too seriously and on some level I believe I still paint in a similar mind set I did as a child scribbling on a piece of paper. Most of my ideas are on the spot and I let how I’m feeling at that moment guide me to what happens next in the piece. I think ultimately I’m just trying to entertain myself.”



Dima touching up his gate on Roebling.

Stay up to date with Dima by following his instagram:

@dimadrjuchin


The creative energy these people possess is enough to rule the world, check this stuff out while you're walking the streets on the beautiful summer days that await us. Nothing beats the chance to see a massive work of art with no strings attached. No museum fees, no uppity environment. Just raw, stripped down, paint on brick. There's something beautifully honest about the simplicty of the act itself paired with the extensive impact it can have on those who see it. Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine  for updates on the artists and walls in the area, and keep an eye out for these amazing art warriors. 




Lauren YS: Devil's Jelly

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


The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
By Lauren YS



Devil's Knots
By Lauren YS


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




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

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



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



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


Feed Your Head So It Can Feed You
By Lauren YS


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


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



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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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



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


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






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




















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

Opening Event Saturday April 18th
7pm to 11pm








Tina Lugo
and David Cook brought the house down this past friday, marking four years of The Cotton Candy Machine's existence as a gallery, with fitting magnitude. The show filled Cotton Candy with countless people yearning to take a look at what Lugo and Cook brought to the table with their shows "Sleep Sex" and "Seeing Machines", respectively. Their focuses and divergent styles complemented each other in a blissfully offbeat sort of way that was well recieved by those who stopped in to check it out. If you did not get a chance to make it to this opening, do not fret, for these bodies of work will stay up for the next month.

Inculcated by waves of Saturday morning cartoons, characters portrayed in comic book literature, and videogame culture, Tina Lugo became instantly infatuated with the bright colors of the animated world. As she grew up, the social and sexual undertones of these cartoons unbridled themselves from the confines of her childhood memory. Tina began to realize that the sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor she expressed had stemmed from what she had watched on early 90’s television and only fueled her passion to uncover the subversive and controversial qualities in the pop culture of yesteryear. The use of enamel and plexiglas in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger. Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx where she still resides. She studied at the School of Visual Arts where she obtained her BFA and worked with fellow artist, Nicolas Touron.

For "Sleep Sex", Tina has focused her brush on twisted bedroom scenes. Half fantasy and half nightmare, these new paintings instantly evoke a raw emotional response from everyone who comes across them. Whether it's a stifled giggle or a gutteral shudder, your body can't help but react to Tina's dark and sometimes silly imagery.

Here's Tina working and her installation piece for "Sleep Sex", definitely something to come check out in person.




David M. Cook is the architect of a mischievous microcosm. Amicable and unassuming, he hardly seems the “type” to consistently and skillfully crank out such a lewd labyrinth of work, but the cheeky hedonism comes all too naturally. Based in Brooklyn but originally from Louisville, Kentucky, David (who also answers to Bonethrower) uses no shortage of fine lines to design a world that is equal parts modern mysticism and memento mori—at the end of the day, it all sinks in like a psychotropic drug. David has been in Los Angeles working away and we are so excited to have him back here on the East Coast! His iconic Robot Skulls has evolved over the years to take on new meaning and shape. "Seeing Machines" is the perfect amalgamation of his vision.



What better way to acknowledge this milestone than by pairing beloved veteran artist at Cotton Candy, Cook, with especially impressive newcomer to Cotton Candy, Lugo, in order to conceive a culmination of amorous erotica and precision memento mori? Something old, something new...but what do we have that's borrowed or blue? MERCH! We have merch. Except you don't have to give anything back, it's yours to keep. Lugo and Cook both have giclee prints available for purchase, as well as some pretty sweet additions to your wardrobe. The smaller giclees, Cosmos and Backdoor Pussycat, are editions of 20, while the larger Seeing Machine and A.D.I.D.A.S. are editions of 25. Get them while you can!


Cosmos

$15.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
7" x 5"



Backdoor Pussycat

$30.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
8.5" x 11"

Seeing Machines
$70.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
16" x 22"


A.D.I.D.A.S.
$70.00
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
17" x 22"

There are also still some original pieces from these exceptional creators available for purchase. Get one (or two, or 5, or all of them) while you still can. For instance, Stella and Harley, Patti and Robert, Sean and Tara, and Maggie and Ricardo are a gang that is fleetingly available. Or perhaps you want to snag Forever My Pillow Princess or What Came in the Night before it's too late!




Stella and Harley
$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches




Patti and Robert
$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches



Sean and Tara
$1100.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
21 x 25.5 Inches



Maggie and Ricardo

$1600.00
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches



Forever My Pillow Princess
$400.00
Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches



What Came in the Night

$400.00
Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches


Again, if you missed out on the opening, no worries! Tina and David will have their work up until May 3rd, so get on over here! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us for this event, and thank you to all who have supported The Cotton Candy Machine for the past four years.



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



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


Four Stages of "Residence"

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


Six Stages of "Break (3)"



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

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


"Momentary" is one of the few remaining pieces!

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


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



"Frost" is still up for grabs!

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

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




Death is Coming: Memento Mori

Kelly Garrett
Sat 03.07.15
The snow is no match for the frigid grip of death that is imminent on The Cotton Candy Machine's walls. An unconventional solace from the cold can be found at 235 South 1st Street starting this month. As you escape the biting chill of outdoors, your goosebumps will be provoked by a different provenience than the icy concrete. Not to fear, for this exploration of mortality is something to revel in. Six veterans of cessation will be manifesting their respective views of the physicality of eternal demise, beginning on no more appropriate a date than Friday the 13th. Read on for further information on each of our various friends of the Reaper, and be sure to come experience how wonderful it can be to let death infect your soul.

Andrei Bouzikov was born in Vitebsk Belarus in 1979. He was taught art by his parents at an early age. After receiving an award for Excellence in Visual Arts from high school, he decided to become an artist. Andrei's art reflects his childhood and the surroundings he grew up in. Fascinated with his native country's past, he creates haunted and surreal images of war, religion, broken dreams and an uncertain future. At a young age he would spend most of his time in Belarasian forests, researching for artifacts from the past. Andrei immigrated to the United States in 1996 at the age 16. In 2000 he attended the Academy of Art University, where with the help of the Universitys exellent instructors he polished his painting and drawing skills. In 2006 Andrei left school to persue a career as a freelance illustrator. Andrei currently lives and works in the Lower Haight in San Francisco.





Thomas Hooper
is a tattooer, artist, husband, and a father who lives in Austin, Texas, where he works out of Rock of Ages Tattoo. His sensibilities as an artist are defined by how he incorporates his other life titles into his tattooing. With muted color palettes of blacks and grays interrupted with occasional accents of color, detailed linework that echoes his expertism in tattooing, and atmospheric washes and textures, Hooper achieves communicating an opinion of death that viewers can welcome with open tattered-cloaked arms. Hooper's work is prevalent in wearable forms besides the permanent art he leaves within the flesh of those who seek him out; he also has apparel and metal work.





Seldon Hunt has been working as an art director, designer and illustrator since 1995. In recent years much of his output has been devoted to creating a diverse and highly recognizable body of visuals that have become synonymous with contemporary heavy metal. Legendary bands he has worked with have include to name but a few, Isis, Neurosis, High on Fire, Melvins, sunno))), Pelican and Nachtmystium. His voluminous output of the beautiful to the macabre to the sublime and disturbing has graced the apocalyptic sonic releases of some of modern metals most profound masters. Everything from LP and CD covers, to posters, t shirts, skate boards and apparel have been graced by his complex visions of the fantastagoric. He has collaborated frequently with metal grand sage of the underground Stephen O’Malley on various projects. His work is exhibited globally and appears regularly in music, art, culture and design publications as well as being displayed in many new books on contemporary design and illustration.






Farron Loathing's
phantasmagoria can be felt throughout the underground Metal music scene and other spheres of cool, in t-shirts, album covers, concert posters. band logos, skate boards, video games, toys, and motion pictures, all corrupted by Farron's macabre imagination. His major influences include Albrecht Durer, Marvel Comics, Austin Spare, folklore and the occult, thus creating a language with which to express the dark beauty of a hidden world that whispers to him from beyond the infinite chasms of the sub-conscious.






Arik Moonhawk Roper was born in 1973 in New York City, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, then returned to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts from 1991-1995. Since then he has built a universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery. After starting out creating record and cd covers for a variety of bands, and various gigs in the commercial art world, he has continued onward and into more diverse areas of poster design, graphic illustration, and animation.





Allison Sommers
is a Brooklyn-based art-worker. She graduated from the University of Virgina with a BA in history and a concentration in early medieval England. Atelierbetriebe is her art-working studio, a factory of non-commodity manufacture, an ethic of both work and art. She practices art like a tinker or philosopher-alchemist would approach their workshop, meaning all avenues are considered, objects and drawings are continuously evolving. Constant motion is an important driving force, fingers are always fiddling, marks are always being made. For Allison, art is a verb. She makes paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, miniatures, and assemblages. All pathways of making are fair game.





Memento Mori

Andrei Bouzikov, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Farron Loathing, Arik Roper and Allison Sommers

March 13th to April 5th, 2015

Opening Event Friday March 13th
7pm to 11pm

Please contact Grace at info@thecottoncandymachine.com to be included in the online preview, or for general questions about this marvelously cadaverous show! And don't forget...death is coming!




Joe Sorren: Momentary

Grace Lang
Fri 02.27.15

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

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



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

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




Interruption by Joe Sorren

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



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



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









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



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

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

Babes in Deathland

Grace Lang
Fri 02.20.15

Babes in Deathland

Opening Event Saturday February 21st
7pm to 11pm


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










We've got a story for you!







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



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

 

 

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



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





Some of Chris's eye-catching street art.




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



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

February Fun!

Grace Lang
Fri 01.23.15
It's been a pretty cold winter here in Brooklyn, so we are very pleased that February has some HOT STUFF in store for us! First thing's first - It's sale time! Starting this evening, we've made the HEARTHOLE promo code live on our website! This means you get 15% all online orders if you use the code! How sweet is that?!



Whether your hearthole is open or full, Tara McPherson's prints are pretty darn perfect for this holiday. Combining sweet motifs like hearts and stars with the darkness of a punched-out hole in your chest, much of Tara's work conveys love as it really is: beautiful and charming, but also a little bit vicious. A majority of her pieces focus on singular female characters, reminding us all that you don't need another person to feel the love!


The Love Space Gives is as Deep as the Oceans
Lithograph
13.75" x 14"



The Healer
Mini Giclee on Acid Free Velvet Cotton Rag
8.5" x 11"



Laughing Through the Chaos of it All
LIthograph
13" x 15 3/4"

Dima Drjuchin's Paperbot Book Signing and Building Party!

Saturday, February 7th



Paper Bots is made up of 20 ultra-cool robot designs that can turn anyone on!
Each bot is pre-cut and scored so you can simply punch them out and fold them up with easy-to-follow instructions right on the page. You’ll instantly feel teleported to a bold new futurescape with these fun 3-D objects. Paper shuffling? A thing of the past—these bots will happily perform your dull, repetitive tasks on command. Paper Bots cleverly combine paper crafting with advanced paper engineering so no glue, tape, or tools are ever needed! Paper Bots make great drones for ages 7 to 101…and they may actually serve humankind after all—lets just hope its not on a plate.

Our friend, Dima Drjuchin, designed the characters for this interactive book!

Please join us on Saturday, February 7th from 4 - 6 pm to celebrate the book release. Dima will be signing copies and helping all of us to build these funny little paper friends!


As soon as we got copies of this awesome book in the shop, the CCM crew had a killer time building all 20 bots. To generate even more excitement about the party, we've been giving these little guys away to everyone who comes into the shop and mentions our instagram post. It's been wonderful watching the bots go to loving homes. But one is simply enough.. look at how great they all look together!







This event is going to be a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups alike! We hope to see you there!

Chris Uphues: Small Gift

Friday, February 13th


Chris Uphues’ passion for knickknacks and pop imagery appeals in a very personal and visceral way, like “rummaging in the junk drawer of the soul.” In addition to his fine art painting practice, Uphues is also well versed in design, street art and ‘zines, with a singular style that translates across genres, and inspires and feeds back into his multifarious practice. Uphues sources influence from stickers, charms, keychains and a variety of imagery he calls “incidental graphics”; the smiley faces, hearts, hippie flowers and slot machine cherries that pervade our shared visual language. More often than not, these images populate Uphues’ works in swarms, creating all-over patterns of puffy mushrooms, doe-eyed hearts and melting smiley faces that democratize the pop references, past and present.











Grace Lang: Babes in Deathland

Saturday, February 21st



Yep, this is MY very first solo show ever! There are not enough words out there for me to convey just how stoked I am. I've worked at the Cotton Candy Machine for over a year now and find inspiration here every single day, both by personally being around all the incredible work and by witnessing how it affects other people. Getting to know the artists that we show with has pushed me and my work tremendously. Now, I am so honored to be one of those artists!



In Babes in Deathland, I am exploring both familiar and undiscovered territory through new paintings and sculptures​. The demons that have appeared throughout my work for the past couple of years have now met their match in the babes that wade through rivers of goo in order to combat them.​ Continually preoccupied with the concept of personal “demons,” my work reflects the internal struggles that plague us all, creating visual manifestations of those dark little thoughts that are at once frightening and sort of funny. Much of my work stems from the belief that these personal demons are not necessarily enemies but, rather, aspects of ourselves that can be utilized for good. Often depicted in moments of triumph, my babes display their battle wounds proudly, allowing scars to stay fresh and dripping, even assimilating slain monsters into their armor. The babes serve as a reminder that with each painful experience, our armor grows and we become the warriors of our own worlds.






Although I am still working hard on all the pieces for this show, here are some fun in-progress photos of what you can expect to see!





We will also be doing a print release for this show, so stay tuned for more info! I sincerely hope to see you all there!



Bunnycutlet Presents: 7 Artists

Grace Lang
Fri 01.09.15
New year, new artists! For our very first opening of 2015, we will be showing 7 incredible artists, most of which are brand new to the gallery and all of which have created unique personal worlds in their work..worlds that we are thrilled to enter.  We asked our friend, Liz Artinian, artist and founder of Bunnycutlet gallery, to be our guest curator and she rocked it out of the park. Just in case you aren't familiar with some of these artists, here's a little info on each of them, with examples of their work, some older and some for this show. Get stoked!

Kelly Denato lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with a closet full of ghosts and a tragically non-existent dog. She first showed with us this past summer, as part of our Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta! Her paintings are at once dainty and tough. The use of ribbons and waves of hair, softly layered onto textured backgrounds, cause her orb-like characters to flow delicatley through the pieces, allowing bits of darkness to peak through the transparent forms. As Liz writes on the Bunnycutlet website, "her subjects are visceral; darkness and disappointment are represented with joy and innocence, allowing the viewer to simultaneously experience Denato’s emotional duality in one tumultuous image."





Ian “Hydeon” Ferguson is a contemporary graphic artist, designer, and silk screen printer living and working in New York City. He was born in National City, CA in 1985 and grew up in San Diego. He received his BS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2006. He has lived and worked in Seattle and Chicago before moving to New York City in 2014. His work is imaginative and explores a variety of surreal manifestations from his life experience in relation to his environment. He often deploys narrative depictions from lucid dreams, metaphysical curiosities, architecture, nature, and cities. Ferguson primarily works in Indian ink as well as gouache, acrylic, and mixed media. His creative approach stems from conduits of Americana folk art, street art, fine art, and elements of graphic design.





Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. His illustrations (represented by Kate Larkworthy) has appeared in Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New York Times, Smart Money, and on the cover and interiors of BLAB!. He has been selected to appear in American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. In addition to gallery shows across North America and Europe, he is currently working on picture book projects for children as well as adults. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his wife Marinda and cat Louis.





Christy Karacas is an artist, director and writer, best known for co-creating Superjail!, one of the most brilliant shows to come out in recent years. Violent, intricate and always bizzarre, Christy's personal artwork is certainly within the same realm as the show's aesthetic, focusing on panned out visions of obscene riotous beings (often robots vs. cats instead of prisoners vs. more prisoners), but unlike Superjail!, these large pencil drawings are strickly black and white. Compulsively detailed to an extreme degree, the pieces get more and more impressive the closer you look. They communicate a hilarious frenzy of violence that will be familiar to fans of the show, but while embodying only a single "frame."





Kristen Liu Wong is a Brooklyn- based artist from San Francisco who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute. With a color pallette reminiscent of a California beach Barbie and imagery pulled straight from a neurotic nightmare, Kristen's work packs a lot of punch. Like all of our favorite artists, a quick look through her portfolio shows a young artist with a highly developed mini universe. Focused both on people and places, her paintings invite narrative interpretations. The scenes, which often seem to show the moment right before something big happens, are unsettling in the most beautiful way. Clearly a bit obsessed with patterns, Kristen embraces seemingly "feminine" elements and pushes them into a strange and dark place where masked weirdos watch you through the windows and you don't even mind.





Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London. Jean-Paul's work balances the fine line of combining highly rendered figures with abstract areas of color. While emotions are amorphous, they evoke a color and a vibration that physically resonates within people. The incorporation of iridescence and animal familiars takes the figures out of the mundane and into a world where a veil between realities is pulled away.





Joohee Park A.K.A Sticky Monger  is a visual artist based in New york who recently finished her MFA in Digital Arts of Pratt Institutes. After getting BFA in Information graphic design from Ewha University in Korea, She has been working in a various art and design fields extending her visual experience. Joohee is most well known for being an artist who obsessively likes to play with sticky vinyl cutouts based on her hand illustration. Next week we will be posting an interview with this prolific artist, so stay tuned!





Opening Event Friday January 16th
7pm to 11pm




If you happen to follow the amazing Dima Drjuchin on instagram, you are most likely familiar with his affinity for Batman. His sketchbooks are filled with hilarious doodles, depicting the masked vigilante in various reincarnations, all distinct but all totally Dima. Now for the very first time, Dima has brought his love for Batman to a whole new level, creating 50 acrylic paintings for the first ever "Fuck You I'm Batman" art show, opening Friday, December 12th at 7 pm. Yes, you read it right.. FIFTY paintings!



Being the radical dude that he is, Dima took some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions about the upcoming show. Thanks, Dima. You rule! So, here we go...



What is the origin of “Fuck You I’m Batman?”


Around 2007 I started drawing Batman in my sketchbook while doodling. He kind of became a go-to subject when I was at a loss for something to draw. One time I drew one and wrote "fuck you I'm Batman" underneath and thought it was funny. So I turned the idea into a design that my buddy Greg Barris and I use as part of our sticker campaign around NY and LA. It grew from there into tshirts and different versions of the sticker. It kinda died down for us in the last few years. In the last few months I started drawing batman again in my sketchbook when doodling and I kept going with it. So that set off a brain storm to make it a show, the show that Fuck You I'm Batman never got, and it would be fun to relaunch the shirts, make an updated version of the sticker and do a bunch of small paintings.





You did an insane amount of paintings for this show, all with a different looking Batman. Do you consider all of them distinct characters or different versions of the same dude?

I'm not sure what they are. I'm not sure what kind of narrative they exist in. I think they're a little bit of both, if that makes any sense. It's in the same sense that we've grown up with several different versions ofBatman, from comic books, tv shows, movies, video games, etc... there is no one definitive Batman. All are different versions of the same trope. The story is often rewritten, the design of him changes frequently, you can't point to one batman and say that's him. So I think these are kind of in the same realm as that idea, but more in the microcosm of my world. Maybe each one is it's own mini reboot of the same character.







Did you approach this project differently than you might for a show with a less defined theme?

It's a very different show for me then what I usually do. for one, this is a mass volume of small pieces. This was partly an exercise in working on a smaller scale. I've started doing smaller pieces in the past year, since I started to show with CCM actually, and i wanted to get better at it. What better way than to assigned an obscene amount of works to produce? Also since theres a very defined theme for the show it was easy to just settle in and just have fun with redesigning ol' bat. It wasn't that much different then when I was just doodling him. It was just to a bigger scale, and more defined form. Plus since Batman has such a rich history it was easy to play around with a lot of his familiar tropes. It was fun to plug all of them into my style.





It has been almost exactly a year since your first show with us. Do you feel like your work has changed since then?

Most definitely. I had a major shift in the way i work with my first show at CCM. I always try to keep evolving and keep things moving, but the last year has been a pretty significant change. I'm excited about what has happened so far and I'm stoked on where it will go.

What is the first thing you remember drawing obsessively as a kid?

I know I used to draw Garfield a lot as a kid. I had a Garfield stuffed animal, and I noticed a lot of my drawings of him are in the same pose as my toy, so I think I drew him from life haha. Come to think of it I still draw animals sitting in the same position. I literally just realized that right now... When I was 10-12 I drew the Ninja Turtle a lot, and my early teens is when I got into metal so I drew a lot of skulls and evil shit.

Batman has been revamped so many times in comics and movies. Do you have a favorite version?

I really like the Lego Batman in the Lego Movie. Will Arnett as Batman makes all the sense to me. But in all seriousness, I don't really have a favorite. I really loved the Dark Knight movies, despite whatever flaws people have picked them apart for, it was a great tone for the character, and the movies were so much fun to watch over and over. I remain optimistic about Affleck.



Do you think there is a big difference between a super hero and a vigilante?


I feel like when you call some one a "super hero" you're implying that they have a super power, like superman or spider-man. Vigilante is a human being without extraordinary powers. They just have to will to do it.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

Flight would be fun, though i don't know what sense that makes since i'm not a big fan of heights. Though maybe if I had the gift of flight I would no longer contextualize height with danger since up and down would be not that much different then the way I perceive left and right or front and back.



Do you think you will ever be done with the “Fuck You I’m Batman” concept?


I think I got a lot of it out of my system this go around. But never say never. Unless DC says never... then I'll probably stop for good.

If you could do any art project, no matter how big or expensive, what would you do?

I would to build a gaint Lil' Goof pyramid on the moon. I would settle on building it on Earth too... I guess...



We still have one Lil' Goof available online! Sweet!

We will be printing and releasing special edition "Fuck You I'm Batman" giclee prints the night of the opening, so stay tuned!
We are also super stoked to have some awesome "Fuck You I'm Batman" silkscreened t-shirts, available in red, purple and black!







To see more of Dima's astounding art, check out his website and instagram!







Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm


Sweet Releases from Grace Lang

Grace Lang
Fri 11.28.14
As many of you already know, part of our mission here at CCM is to bring affordable art to the masses because, afterall, don't we all deserve some extra beauty in our lives? This is why we always carry a huge range of products, big, small and everything in between. Inspired by this mentality, I wanted to create some cool, cheap art products. As a young artist, getting my work "out there" is tremendously important, so I figured that two small accessories (perfect for your favorite hoodie or your beloved winter coat) would be an awesome way to do this. Now, it is with a ton of pride and excitement that I announce the release of my two brand new products, now available both in the shop and online! Both the pin and the patch are just $7, making them fit everybody's price range. If you are looking for a small holiday gift for your favorite monster loving weirdo, look no further!

SHHHH 1" Enamel Pin



Gobble Gobble Embroidered Patch
2.5 x 4 Inches




I cannot say enough nice things about the Cotton Candy Machine and what it has done for my life, but one of the biggest reasons I feel so thankful for this place is the support I've gotten from my fellow artists and art fans. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all!

You can see more of work on my website and instagram!

If you would like to know a little bit about the thoughts behind my work, check out this interview I just did with Art in New York!

Internet Friends by Lori Nelson

Grace Lang
Tue 11.25.14
Lori Nelson's massive panel painting...It started as a fun addition to our booth at New York Comic Con, but quickly became so much more! Sponsored and supported by the incredible folks at Golden Paints and Trekkel Brushes, the CCM Comic Con experience was pushed to the next level by the five amazing women we had live painting at the booth. As stunned attendees walked by, gawking and snapping iphone shots, Tara McPherson, Tina Lugo, Lori Nelson, Hikari Shimoda and So Youn Lee each created an enormous masterpiece. Since she simply couldn't get enough of the project, Lori continued to work on her piece in the shop for the following two weeks, ending with a huge resin pour!


As with most masterpieces, the creation of "Internet Friends" began with a sketch (and a cup of coffee!)



Lori (and the other ladies) even moved their live painting to one of the main stages at Comic Con! Now THAT is painting under pressure! 





As is the case with all of Lori's work, the final piece is truly glowing. Playing with different light sources (both natural and man-made), "Internet Friends" pushes us to embrace modern technology, without losing the sense of wonder that comes with spending some time in nature. Technology and nature do not need to be mutually exclusive. As contemporary beings, we can always have a little bit of both!



To add some extra excitement to the piece's unveiling, we also released two new giclee prints from Lori, now available online! Both of these images are taken from Lori's "I Want to Believe" series, which features children/monster hybrids absorbed in moments of prayer.


Credere Volo (I Want to Believe Series): Little Piety

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
8.5" x 8.5"



Credere Volo (I Want to Believe Series): Beatito

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
8.5" x 8.5"




Be sure to check out more of Lori's incredible work on her website and follow her on instagram!

This past Friday, November 14th, we introduced Brooklyn to "New Maps of the Abyss," a fantastical show with art legends, Skinner and Arik Roper. To help celebrate this event, we released a brand new print from each artist. Both prints feature the art from original pieces in the show and both are simply too sick to pass up.

For this show, Skinner chose to honor the demons of his past, namely the Dungeons and Dragons creatures that fuelled his imagination as a child. For the print release, he chose one of the rarest demons of them all, the Orcus. Measuring 17" x 22", this print is an edition of 25, so they won't last long!



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


"It is probable that this creature is one of the most powerful and strongest of all demons. If he so much as slaps with his open hand the blow causes 1-4 hit points of damage. His terrible fists can deliver blows of 3-13 hit points...Additionally his tail has a virulent poison sting...Orcus furthermore is able to summon certain of the undead, for he is their prince."
- Dungeons and Dragons Manual

We are also stoked to now have copies of Skinners "Forbidden Activities for Neglected Children" 36 page coloring and activity book!



Full of intricate demons awaiting your coloring skills, hyper metal imagery to make you feel like a baddass and helpful words of encouragement like "Clean up your room, ya bum," this activity book is unlike anything you had as a kid. Every single page is a masterpiece and for only $10, it's a total steal. We can't say enough good things about this little slice of heathenistic heaven.

Also in honor of "New Maps of the Abyss," we released a print from Arik Roper. The image is taken from his "When the Mind is Open the Tower will Appear" painting and is an edition of 25, each print measuring 17 x 22 inches.



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


Featuring a mythical landscape, half lush and half desolate, this print is subtle yet demanding. With only the backside of a dragon visible, this awesome print hints at the old days of fantasy art, without being too overt about it.

We are also thrilled to have copies of "Mushroom Magick," a gorgeous field guide to identifying the most special mushrooms Mother Earth has to offer!



"Mushrooms fascinate some, and freak others out. "Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide" is an art book introducing viewers to the wonderful world of these fleshy fungi, which are as widely varied as they are interesting and beautiful. With particular emphasis on the psychedelic varieties, each mushroom species has its own listing as well as a watercolor painting to give viewers an idea of how to identify these mysterious mushroom types. "Mushroom Magick" is a fine read for the curious, the mushroom lover, or for the experimental."
-Midwest Book Review

On the evening of November 8th, our buddy Wizard Skull brought the term "Re-Animator" to a whole new level, introducing us to some seriously whacky new pieces, in tandem with the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Taking real animation cels from some of the most beloved cartoons from your childhood (the Smurfs, He Man, the Care Bears and more), Wizard Skull has reimagined these familiar images into hilarious new scenes, chock full of mutant hybrids, sexual overtones and general strangeness. In honor of the show, we produced two new awesome products from Mister Skull, a "United States of America Freedom Fries" giclee print and a mask set of the same title. We are so proud to release these online!


Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 50
17" x 22"


Calling all Patriots! This giclee print, "United States of America Freedom Fries," measures 17 x 22 inches and is a signed and numbered edition of 50! 

Using the image from this giclee, we have also created an awesome costume. Now you, too, can be Sexy Ronald, repping this glorious country and all its speedo splendour!





2014 Fall & Winter Event Calendar

Chloe Thomas
Thu 10.16.14

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

Pumpkin Exhibition and Carving Workshop
Friday, October 17th and Sunday, October 19th

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers
is a full creative art studio that specializes in elaborate pumpkin art. Maniac takes pumpkin carving to new levels of creativity and skill, providing unique and stunning carved pumpkins for parties, events, and occasions of all kinds.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labor of love but quickly spiraled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan and Chris Soria, have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. Their pumpkins have been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, and they continue to elevate the art of pumpkin carving every year. Winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, they have made numerous television appearances, sharing their skills and talent with viewers worldwide.

Outside of the Fall season, Marc Evan and Chris Soria are fine artists and active muralists with public art throughout NYC.

For more info on this awesome crew of carvers, check out their website, facebook page, instagram and twitter!

Please join us on Friday, October 17th from 7 - 11 pm for a Maniac Pumpkin exhibit!

Then, join us again on Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 6 pm for a carving class!
Tickets for the class are $125 and all the materials will be provided, including pumpkins!

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Screens 'N' Spokes

Take a Stand Against Multiple Sclerosis!
October 18th - 19th

Screens 'N' Spokes is an art show, a bike team, and a group of folks taking a stand against Multiple Sclerosis. Founded in 2007 by Sam Verrill and Jess Harris, the effort has raised over $350,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It has also rallied an entourage of artists, musicians, cyclists, and people living with MS from across the US and abroad to bring new energy and enthusiasm to the cause.

Indie rock posters? Bikes? Screens 'N' Spokes unites them to create a fundraiser for the people. Over the past eight years, more than 50 artists have created original screenprints for Screens 'N' Spokes. All artwork is donated by the artists pro bono and then sold to benefit the NMSS. Many of the artists have been touched by MS in some way, and want to pay tribute to their loved ones living with the disease.

For Screens ‘N’ Spokes’ first show in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine, they will be showcasing over 30 prints by artists like Cricket Press, strawberryluna, Bobby Dixon, Greg Pizzoli, Two Arms Inc.and Mat Daly. Two brand new prints by Jay Ryan and Rich Kelly will also be premiered.

Opening Event Saturday October 18th

7pm - 11pm


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The Fairy Queen

A One-Night-Only Benefit Drag Extravaganza
Thursday, October 30th

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30pm and 10pm Shows
at The Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st St, Brooklyn (located near the Bedford L Subway – just one stop from Manhattan)

Come, all ye sassy songsters and fabulous queens, for a night of revelry – our first-ever Halloween benefit celebration with music, dancing, champagne, raffle prizes, glitter, and more! Costumes and masks are encouraged.

Featuring: Jacob Ashworth (Violin), Jonathan Blalock (Tenor), Sara Couden (Contralto), Jean Laurenz (Trumpet), Jamilyn Manning-White (Soprano), Arash Noori (Theorbo), Claudia Rosenthal (Soprano), Daniel Schlosberg (Harpsichord), John Taylor Ward (Baritone), Jude Ziliak (Violin), and more performers to be announced.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

$20 Rude Mechanical in advance (general admission)
$25 Rude Mechanical at the door (general admission & standing)
$50 Lover (reserved seat & drink ticket)
$100 Fairy Royalty (reserved seat, drink & raffle tickets, fairy waiter)

If you can't join us this time, please consider making a tax deductible donation online with your credit card. You can also write us a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, "Fractured Atlas," and send it to Heartbeat Opera, 676 President St #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

More info: www.heartbeatopera.org
Email: heartbeatopera@gmail.com

See you there!
Cheers,
Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske, Co-Artistic Directors
Jacob Ashworth and Daniel Schlosberg, Co-Music Directors
Alyssa Simmons, Benefit Producer

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Re-Animator by Wizard Skull

November 8th - November 20th

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 Twitter or Instagram.

"Re-Animator" 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 The Smurfs, He-Man, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, 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 November 8th
7pm to 11pm


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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


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Apocrypha by Lucas Ruggeri

November 22nd - December 6th

Lucas Ruggeri is an illustrator and fine artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Later relocating to Savannah, Georgia he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2008. His work draws it's technique from antquitade printmaking, pen, and ink drawings Albrecht Durer and Gustave Doré while simutaniously taking on fantastic and pictoral narratives. Ruggeri's labyrinthine illustrations defy spatial and proportional conventions; depictions of anthropomorphic creatures and cadaverous figures are amongst the many inhabitants of his behemothic yet contemplative landscapes. Ruggeri has been featured in Juxtapoz, has had exhibitions across the United States, as
well as Europe, Africa, and Australia. Simutaniously he also does covers and art for bands such as Kylesa, Cough, and Black Tusk.

Heavy mythological influences have inspired the name of the show, Apocrypha. Defined as "statements or claims that are of dubious authenticity," the word's origin is the Medieval Latin adjective apocryphus, meaning "secret, or non-canonical." You can follow and see more of Ruggreri's work on his
website as well as his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Opening Event Saturday November 22nd
7pm to 11pm

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Fuck You I'm Batman by Dima Drjuchin

December 13th - December 30th

Dimitri (Dima) Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up 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.
You can also follow Dima's body of work on his Tumblr and Twitter.

Opening Event Saturday December 13th
7pm to 11pm


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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

Fun Stuff this Week at CCM!

Grace Lang
Sun 10.12.14
We are very excited to announce three fantastic events happening at the Cotton Candy Machine this week! On Friday, October 17th, we will be hosting the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers for a pumpkin art show! The following day, Saturday the 18th, join us for Screens n' Spokes, a poster show for a good cause! Then on Sunday, the Maniac Pumpkin boys will be back again for a super special carving class!

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Come by the gallery on Friday, October 17th from 7 - 11 pm for a Maniac Pumpkin exhibit! There will be pumpkins inspired by many of your favorite contemporary artists who have shown work at Cotton Candy Machine.


Maniac Pumpkin Carvers is a full creative art studio that specializes in elaborate pumpkin art. Maniac takes pumpkin carving to new levels of creativity and skill, providing unique and stunning carved pumpkins for parties, events, and occasions of all kinds.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labor of love but quickly spiraled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan and Chris Soria, have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. Their pumpkins have been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, in numerous television shows and publications, as they continue to elevate the art of pumpkin carving every year. Winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, they have impressed viewers worldwide, with their carving skills and talent. Outside of the Fall season, Marc Evan and Chris Soria are fine artists and active muralists, with public art throughout NYC.





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On Saturday, October 18th from 7 - 11 pm, CCM will host Screens 'N' Spokes, an art show, a bike team, and a group of folks taking a stand against Multiple Sclerosis.


Founded in 2007 by Sam Verrill and Jess Harris, the effort has raised over $350,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It has also rallied an entourage of artists, musicians, cyclists, and people living with MS from across the US and abroad to bring new energy and enthusiasm to the cause.

Indie rock posters? Bikes? Screens 'N' Spokes unites them to create a fundraiser for the people. Over the past eight years, more than 50 artists have created original screenprints for Screens 'N' Spokes. All artwork is donated by the artists pro bono and then sold to benefit the NMSS. Many of the artists have been touched by MS in some way, and want to pay tribute to their loved ones living with the disease.

For Screens ‘N’ Spokes’ first show in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine, they will be showcasing over 30 prints by artists like Cricket Press, strawberryluna, Bobby Dixon, Greg Pizzoli, Two Arms Inc. and Mat Daly. Two brand new prints by Jay Ryan and Rich Kelly will also be premiered.





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Join us again on Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 6 pm for a special PUMPKIN CARVING CLASS!

Tickets for the class are $125 and all the materials will be provided, including pumpkins! This is a rare opportunity to learn pumpkin carving from the professionals. The workshop will cover everything you need to make outstanding pumpkin carvings and impress your friends, family, and colleagues. No experience is necessary, class is open to all skill levels, from beginners to enthusiasts.

Email info@thecottoncandymachine.com to reserve your spot now!




Niji Bambini by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

This Friday October 10th we are so honored to open "Niji Bambini" by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda an exciting two artist show at Cotton Candy Machine. This will be a triumphant return for Camilla after her sold out 2012 show here in Brooklyn. Hikari has come half way across the world from Japan and will have her first show in NYC with us and the pairing is perfect.

Opening Event Friday October 10th: 7pm - 11pm
Show runs October 10th - November 9th


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Camilla d'Errico

Camilla d'Errico is coming back to Cotton Candy Machine with an outstanding follow up to her sold out success "The Candy Escape". Join us this Friday October 10th from 7 to 11pm after NYCC as we have the honor of hosting "Niji Bambini" with the newest paintings and drawings by Camilla d'Errico! The rainbows are melting and creating a magnifecent display!

Visit TheCottonCandyMachine.com on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com for pricing and availability. Thank you all who have emailed already, we have had a huge response to the new paintings. All requests will be honored in the order they are received, so please include a list of pieces in order of what you'd like to purchase. Thank you all for your excitement it's exciting! See you soon!

Camilla will be signing with Hikari Shimoda at 1pm at New York Comic Con booth 203 in The Block. You can also catch Camilla in artist alley at NYCC Booth P15!

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Hikari Shimoda

Hikari has traveled from Japan to join us here in Brooklyn! We are absolutely thrilled to host Hikari Shimoda's first show at Cotton Candy Machine along side Camilla d'Errico for "Niji Bambini". The opening event will be held October 10th from 7 to 11pm after NYCC. These new superhero characters will lock you in, then leave you dazed with that warm fuzzy feeling.

Visit TheCottonCandyMachine.com on our event page for a preview of the show. The pre sale will begin Thursday October 9th. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com for pricing and availability. We are releasing two new limited edition prints that will be available at the opening event first come first severed so come early!

Hikari will also have exclusive NYCC releases! Two new 8.5"x11" prints will be release at NYCC with us in Booth 203! There will be one print released on Friday at 1pm and the other Sunday at 1pm. Both prints are an edition of 25 and will be sold first come first served.

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New York Comic Con Booth #203

It's Time for NYCC again! We are excited for this years event! New York Comic Con is October 9th to the 12th! Heads up we did change our booth number! Tara McPherson presents Cotton Candy Machine will be at booth 203! We have an awesome list of new prints and releases for #NYCC2014!

We are so happy to announce that we will be hosting Live Painting at our booth 203 all weekend long! This New York Comic Con, for the very first time, we have Tara McPherson, Lori Nelson, Hikari Shimoda, Tina Lugo and So Youn Lee each painting their own large 4' x 8' foot panel live for you. Keep checking in to see the progress here!

Along with the print releases and the live painting we've scheduled signings with each of the artists! Here is our signing schedule for the NYCC Booth 203!

Thursday, Oct 9th 1:00pm: So Youn Lee & 2:00pm: Tara McPherson

Friday, Oct 10th 1:00pm: Hikari Shimoda and Camilla d'Errico & 2:00pm Tina Lugo

Saturday, Oct 11th 1:00pm Lori Nelson signing & 2:00pm: Tara McPherson

Sunday, Oct 12th 1:00pm: Hikari Shimoda print release & 4:00pm:
Tara McPherson

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New Prints by Tara McPherson

Three of Tara McPherson's most breathtaking paintings will now be available as a large lithographs! New and special release for NYCC we are excited to announce:


Crystal Waterfall by Tara McPherson (top left)
11" x 19" Signed
Lithograph
$20

Supernova by Tara McPherson (top right)
13' x 19" Signed
Lithograph
$20

Borealis by Tara McPherson (bottom)
15.25" x 19 Signed
Lithograph
$20

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"The Wanderers" by Tara McPherson Video Time-lapse

"The Wanderers" spotlights a companionship that has become familiar to the world. The beautiful traveler adorned with candy color corpse paint snuggled in an embrace with her arctic wolf. Set on a voyage and leaving most behind. They are stopped as they wonder to share a moment for the galactic display of a meteor shower. Continuing on their adventure something is missing and it might just be a home.

As Tara McPherson prepared for her third solo show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery "Wandering Luminations" she set up an iphone 4s to time-lapse the paintings process.

Order "The Wanderers" limited edition print here!

See "The Wanderers" Time-lapse here!

The Wanderers by Tara McPherson Time Lapse from Cotton Candy Machine on Vimeo.


Photo from Sweet Streets LA

Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. 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.

Hikari's next show at CCM begins soon on October 10th to November 9th where she will be featured with Camilla d'Errico. Be sure to check it out!




How would you describe your style and what "Irasuto" is to you?


Cute and pop subjects you can see in my pieces first are important key items to understand the themes of my art. There are various aspects in this world today, and it's difficult to reveal the essential qualities of things just by depicting those serious aspects as they are. Therefore I need manga-like characters and cute colors or subjects as a "common language" to represent serious aspects of this world. Definition of "Irasuto" today is manga-like artwork that artists paint freely as they please, so it's different from "illustration" that has specific orders of client. In other words "Irasuto" is articulate, so "Irasuto" has a strong influence on young people who face various problems in the world, and also have great potential for the future.



Your work often revolves around children. What were your main influences growing up?

The reason I use children as my subject is based on my childhood experiences. My parents had been both working and in a sense I had been a lonely little girl because I hadn't seen my mother in my house during the daytime. In addition, I think children are "plain existence," so they can be a motif to represent human being itself. What I've been influenced by are animations by Hayao Miyazaki and his comic book "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind." I'm still being strongly influenced by them.






Photos from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Can you tell us about the work you plan to feature at Cotton Candy Machine's show soon?


I will show 10 water color pieces, 4 collage pieces, and 1 oil painting from my "Children of this Planet" series.

How has it been being featured all around the world?

Every experience is brand-new.


Photo from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Do you have anything you dream of doing in the future?


I would like to collaborate with new projects like fashion and music.

Again, thanks so much to Caro from Sweet Streets LA and Hikari Shimoda for making this interview happen. Keep checking the event page for updates and new images of the art that will be in the show. You can follow and see more of Hikari's work and show schedule on her website and facebook page.


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 instagram.com/trucostudios, and facebook www.facebook.com/TrucoStudios, for more of his crazy awesome art, and pick up your copy of Manimal friends at the Cotton Candy Machine store over here!

CCM x SF

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 bobbimarbles.com. For more info, contact Karl at karldeuble@gmail.com

- 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 info@thecottoncandymachine.com!

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!






CCM X SF

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. 

Sweet!

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.
Check out his website!

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.
Check out her website!

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.
Check out her website!

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.
Check out his website!
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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.
Check out his website!

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



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.

Check out his website!
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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.
Check out her website!

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.
Check out his website!



Boy Kong Presents Lucha No Libre

Grace Lang
Fri 06.20.14
We are so excited to team up with super prolific painter, woodworker, mural artist and world dominator, Boy Kong for an event this Saturday June 21st from 7 pm until 11 pm. Please join us for some beers, laughs, and of course, incredible new original art works.

This incredible dude not only just finished an amazing mural titled "Two Tongue Tiger" at Rag & Bone's Houston's street location, but he quickly followed up this feat with a dope mural on our Roebling Wall the very next day!



And here is a little preview of what you can expect to see this Saturday!


And while you're at it, watch this sick little promo video for Boy's new body of work, "Lucha No Libre!"

Be sure to take a look at Boy's website and follow his instagram for more baddass art and some serious world domination.
Whether you are one of our beloved returning patrons or have never been into the shop before, we look forward to seeing everybody here tomorrow evening for a celebration of neon luchadors and all their whacky ways.


From May 9th through June 8th, we had a wonderful time celebrating these three magical ladies and their stunning work, full of devilish kitties, geometric volcanoes, and some seriously mutated children. The artists looked just as beautiful as their work, signing prints and posing for photos with fans. The crowd was awesome and kept the energy up all evening, whether they were buying originals, merch, or just supporting the artwork. Need proof of how great a night it was? Check out these photos!










To see more event photos, head on over to the event page!
We still have some incredible originals, beautiful prints, and baddass merch left for sale on our website, so take a look!

ZINEFRIENDS
It's a Zine Fest!

April 27th 1 to 8pm

This sunday, April 27th between 1-8 pm, Wizard Skull and Killer Acid present a Zine festival titled ZINE FRIENDS. All ten all-star zinefriends will come sell some awesome home-made zines prints and paper mischief.

These ten artists have been rocking out hard on the local scene for quite some time and we are excited to have them all here at once! The Zinefriends are:

Lale Westvind,Retard Riot, Heather Benjamin, Lala Albert, Killer Acid, Matt Crabe, Caca Pasa, Alabaster Pizzo, Chris Uphues, WIzard Skull

At the end of the evening we will have live music sets by Dima Drjuchin and Tom Chesire from West End Motel.


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Sean Starwars
May The Fourth Be With You
May 3rd and 4th

We're hosting a have a Star Wars themed weekend!
Get ready for a live woodcut workshop by Sean Satrwars on the 3rd and the next day...May the Fourth be With You! We will be hosting a costume contest, as well as an evening of Star Wars stand-up comedy. So don't be shy, call your Leia and get your Skywalker suit out of the closet because it's time to shine. Darth Vaders, we're talking to you too!


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Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way, Lori Nelson
Opening event Friday May 9th, 7 to 11pm

Don't miss our next show opening on May 9th with three girl power artists: Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way and Lori Nelson!
Jessicka is known for combining her fascination with Goth culture, all things John Waters, religious iconography, and cats. Lindsey gathers inspiration from artists like Mary Blair, Henry Darger and Georges Melies. 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.
This show is bound to be phenomenal and especially exciting for those of you looking for some awesome female artists to fall in love with!


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Tiny Trifecta
4th Annual Group Show!

Opening event Saturday June 14th

Get your tents out of the storage and pack your sleeping bag for our Tiny Trifecta! Yes, it is right around the corner (you can even camp out next to our new Roebling wall treasures, come check 'em out!)

Once again Tara McPherson will be curating the Tiny Trifecta!! All of your favorite Cotton Candy Machine artists and more, together for one of the most exciting art shows of the year! These talented artists will create three tiny pieces of $100 art.

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, Emroca, Brian Ewing, Shepard Fairey, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Erik Foss, Gris Grimly, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Thomas Han, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, Joka, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Ian Kuali'i, Kozyndan, Grace Lang, Henry Lewis, Farron Loathing, Tina Lugo, David Mack, Sean Mahan, Jim Mahfood, Malojo, 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, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Russo, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, Jay Ryan, Victoria Salvador, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Skinner, Amy Sol, Allison Sommers, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Amar Stewart, Diana Sudyka, Fefe Talavera, Yosuke Ueno, Jonathan Wayshak, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth and Chet Zar.

In an effort to create a smoother and more efficient experience for everyone, pre-registration to purchase the art will begin at 4pm the day of the opening at Cotton Candy Machine. We will be proceeding in order of those waiting. Limit of 2 pieces of art per person, first come first served. Initial sales are in person only the day of the event, remaining unsold pieces will go online the following week. Thank you!


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CCM x SF
Opening event Friday July 11th, 7 to 11pm

On July 11th the 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. Sweet!

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Camilla D'Errico and Hikari Shimoda
Opening Event Friday October 10th
7pm - 11pm

For October 10th till November 9th we decided to bring you two artists that like seeking for the reflection of what is hidden inside:
Camilla d'Errico who finds joy in angst - in shape and in form, in color and in texture – and in the embodiment of passion, along with Hikari Shimoda who paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality.



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Arik Roper and Skinner
Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm

You saw them on our Roebling wall, now prepare yourselves to see them inside our magical space beginning on November 14th.
Arik Roper and his famous universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery, alongside with Skinner and his psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaotic mind.
It IS as good as it sounds.

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Charlie Immer and Glenn Barr
Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Don’t let the winter stop you from coming to our show on December 12th through January 4th, It's going to be a fantastic collaboration of the two successful fellas Charlie Immer and Glenn Barr.
You saw them in HiFructose and MAD, now it's time to see them with your own eyes.




As you can see, we have some fantastic stuff lined up for the next few months. We couldn't be more excited to be showing such prolific artists, prooving how completely cool today's art world really is.

On Saturday April 5th, we opened a magnificent show by French artists Ciou and Malojo, and local artist/musician Dima Drjuchin. This fanciful exhibit features insanely intricate originals as well as beautiful wall paintings from each artist. These colorful and imaginative works are the perfect pieces to usher in the Spring season. The opening reception was super fun, so thank you to everybody who made it out! Just in case you missed it, here are some awesome photos of the work!





Incredible, huh? Well, internet people, you are in luck! We still have quite a few of these originals left for sale! Check it out!







Not in the market for an original? We have other options! Malojo brought us some great prints of the piece pictured above, Tritone. Click here to check it out! Ciou brought some goregous prints as well! We have lithographs of Brain Beach Party and Mister Wallace Magician Company, as well as silkscreens of Modern Circus, the original of which is still available for purchase here. All prints are signed with love by the artists.

This original piece is also still available. Click here for more information!


But that's not all! Ciou brought us a bunch of specially signed copies of her new (and first!) art book, as well as her illustrated Chat Siamois, written by Guillaume Bianco. She did a special little doodle in every one!

Malojo brought us his first art book, Tales of the Uncute, too and each one is signed! What's even cooler is that Malojo produced this book him self! Rad!

For those of you that could not make it out the event, here are some of our favorite shots from the night. Head over the event page to see more!



And as always, the crowd was amazing, colorful and fun. It seems only right considering the colorful whackiness present in each artists' work!






More photos here!
This exhibit will only be up until May 4th, so don't miss your chance to come and fall in love with some seriously cool visionaries. Again, thank you so much to all the people that made this night so wonderful. We hope to see you ALL at our next opening on May 9th!

Cotton Candy Fan Art

Grace Lang
Sun 04.13.14
Canicienta is a 20 year old artist from Mexico City, who has a serious love for Cotton Candy. She even says the sugary treat saved her life at a time when her sugar levels were dangerously low! She says that Tara McPherson and the work we showcase here at CCM have been a major influence since she entered the world of illustration.


Carnicienta is so into our sugary namesake that she actually made a Cotton Candy Costume! How SWEET is that?!

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us! Keep it up!

Buff Monster Fan Art

Grace Lang
Sun 04.06.14
Check out this awesome piece of fan art from one of our young fans, Nathan, who lives in New York and loves Buff Monster's Melty Misfits. Nathan, you already rule and we can't wait to see how your art progresses! Thank you for sending us this photo and keep drawing!


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!





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!

Ciou / Malojo / Dima Drjuchin
Opening Event Saturday April 5th
7pm to 11pm

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!!

Fan Art Part Deux

Grace Lang
Sun 02.16.14
This week's awesome fan art post comes from Kellie Huskisson, a UK artist and big Tara McPherson fan. This piece was made for a "tributes" book, which featured Kellie's favorite female artists, musicians and characters. Here is what Kellie has to say about Tara and the Cotton Candy Machine:

"I was first introduced to her work around 2005 when i first started university and picked up a book on rock poster art. Amongst the hundereds of artists in the book, her work was some that really stood out to me, her use of colour and gorgeous clean line work really drew me in. Through my years in art college i looked into more of her work, her characters and methods. She has become one of my all time favourite artists so of course i had to include her in my series of awesome ladies!

Being from the UK, i had yearned to be able to make a trip to CCM at some point. What could be better than a boutique dedicated to one of my favourite artists and also featured other artists i was a big fan of? I was able to do this during a trip to NYC back in 2012 and it didn't disappoint. A sweet, individual space that hosts some of the best artists in my opinion. And lovely staff too! I hope i can make it back some time soon."

We hope you can too, Kellie! Thank you for the fantastic piece and continue to rock!



Our First Fan Art Post!

Grace Lang
Sun 02.09.14
Our first Fan Art post comes from the awesome 17 year old Andrea Antomattei, who lives in Queens with her chihuahua and grandmother.



Andrea was first exposed to Tara McPherson's work through the movie Juno, in which Tara's art was prominently featured, decorating the title character's bedroom.

She says, "the way you (Tara) created your own style, the way you made the colors so unique, and the way you were able to give a strong message just took my artist heart away. Once I knew who you were and heard that you had a store in Brooklyn I remember waking up my grandmother at 11:00 at night and begging her to take me. She yelled at me I spanish. But I went ... My curiosity ran wild and it felt like I was knowing the secrets of becoming a great artist. Since then, I knew that I wanted to be just like you. To have my own business, my own artwork up in New York, and to inspire other people ... Your work will always be in a special place in my heart , not only for your amazing talent but for helping to understand heart breaks"

Thank you for reaching out, Andrea! Your work is wonderful and we are so happy that our gallery inspires you. Keep it up!

Hey fans! Are you inspired by Tara McPherson or one of the other artists we feature? Perhaps just Cotton Candy? Show us! We want to see your art!

Every Sunday, we will be posting a new piece of awesome fan art on the Cotton Candy Machine blog. How cool is that? Please send your images to info@thecottoncandymachine.com with "Fan Art" as the subject and tell us a little bit about how the Cotton Candy Machine inspires you!

We are pleased to release our newest Canvas Print from Tara!

On sale NOW! "My Love Flows Out Like A Waterfall" Canvas
Giclee by Tara McPherson
$200.00


Click Here to Buy!



Tara created the painting "My Love Flows Out Like A Waterfall" for her "Inside Nostalgia" series in 2009. The original painting is acrylic on birch. This canvas giclee looks an awful lot like the real thing!

16" x 24"
Giclee Print on Canvas
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100


• Acid and lignin free, heavyweight, cotton-poly blend archival canvas.
• Environmentally friendly, water-based protective coating approved by Wilhelm Research, Epson and HP to increase light fastness and help seal and protect artwork from moisture, humidity, atmospheric contaminants, abrasion and fingerprints.
• Gallery wrap stretched over 1.5” thick heavy duty stretcher frames giving clean edges and corners for a museum quality look.
• Canvas prints will begin shipping on February 11th, 2014



Talking Art with Tina Lugo

Grace Lang
Tue 01.28.14
One of my favorite things about working at the Cotton Candy Machine is the constant exposure to amazing artists. Almost every day I write down another name to look up when I get home. Tina Lugo is one of those artists. Her work in our Brooklyn Biennial Submissional Show got (and continues to get) an incredible response, which is only natural since her work RULES. Tina's images are dark, yet vivid with color. They are humorous, yet evocative of much deeper feelings too. Simply put, she is a rad girl with a lot of talent. I recently bombarded her with some questions and her responses were truly excellent. Thank you, Tina!



Can you remember the first time you realized you were meant to make art?

I definitely knew that I liked drawing at a young age, but i was convinced that I was destined to be a veterinarian. Mind you I was four. I would draw and color to the point that i had every crayon color memorized, from mac n' cheese to periwinkle blue. But I was going to be a veterinarian... It wasn't until middle school, after much Toonami, that i realized i wanted to create the things i was seeing-since my dreams were crushed of becoming a Thunder cat, drawing became all i wanted to do.
 
You graduated from SVA pretty recently, right?
 
Yes. In 2011. Good year.

Your pieces have such a specific voice. I know from my own experience that art school professors often dissuade students from trying too hard to find a “personal style.” Did you experience any of this at SVA? Tell me a little bit more about how you found your voice as an artist. Was it a natural evolution or did your work take a drastic turn at some point?

Definitely. There was always a teacher saying 'you don't have a voice until you are a junior'. It was frustrating, but it made a lot of sense. They didn't want you to be closed minded, or think there was only one way of approaching something, or only one grand master technique. They encouraged experimenting with your craft. It was a natural growth in some ways, you always have to make some bad art in order to make some good art and be able to admit that your professors knew what they were talking about. Even if you were too stubborn to listen. If it wasn't for all of that, i'd probably still be trying to be an illustrator.

Do you feel like art school helped you more with developing your techniques or your ideas as an artist? Or is it both? Neither? I’m always interested to know how other art school graduates look back on their education.

There is always the classic debate: should i go to art school when i can teach myself? Its a personal decision, and for me, i would never had met some of the greatest peers and friends i have now, nor the wonderful artists that taught me that i can now call friends. There is only so much you can do on your own, and it definitely helped having people around me who have made their living off making art. They gave me a lot to digest, from new artists I had never heard of before, to actually showing me new techniques that may suit my needs and the artists who have used them in interesting ways. Despite some debt, (more then some) i would do it all over again.

When you dropped your pieces off at the Cotton Candy Machine for the Brooklyn Biennial show, I was immediately drawn (art pun!) to them, mainly for the bright colors and intense imagery. When I looked closer, it took me a little while to figure out your technique, which is painting on plexiglass. That is what intrigued me most. Even though I love all the pieces, I especially loved looking closely at “Candy Crush” because you can really see how the technique adds dimension to the work. Instead of using white paint, you leave negative space for the white paper beneath the plexi to show through. So cool! Please tell me everything you possibly can about your technique. How did you discover it? When did you begin working this way? What is the process like?

Senior year was the year that made me. I was still struggling with where i fit as an illustrator and slowly began hating the process and how formulated it could become. My portfolio professor suggested i try something else. He kicked my ass a lot and was known for making students cry and hate themselves. I never got a chance to thank him for doing it though. It pushed me to paint and pushed me to want to be better than what i was doing. He told me to try Plexiglas, since i had absolutely no patience for things drying, and loved working at a fast pace. So i experimented with it but wasn't finding as much traction as i wanted. I had started an internship with the limited free time i had,  being a painting assistant for French artist, Nicolas Touron. It was unpaid, except for awesome Vietnamese sandwiches he bought me every Friday, and the pleasure of working on his colorful pieces. He showed me how to use bright color and a limited color pallet. He worked at a stellar pace and i watched him as much as i could. He showed me the paints he used-what i would later work with-and his fluid process. It was a big turning point for me and my work. But my process wasn't as easy to start as I expected. The oil base line work was permanent and I had to be careful with what I put down. I've never been the type to do a crazy amount of sketches or drafts. Once I had an idea I just went for it. The tricky part was knowing that I am essentially painting backwards, as the finished product would later be mounted on the painted side. So I played a lot in the mirror, figuring out what looked good, and if it was readable when flipped over. It taught me a lot about how we see things, and how we read imagery much like a book-from left to right. Once the line work is done, I go over in a paint by numbers fashion and rarely mix -unless I can't find the color already made somewhere. I can complete a piece in about 6 hours from start to finish. Once I realized that I could drop that number even lower by working with negative space using a heavy white paper instead of white paint, I was thrilled with the result.
 

Your work is obviously pretty emotionally charged, but maintains a darkly humorous element too. When you begin a piece, are you consciously trying to “say something” or are you acting on impulse and allowing the meaning to sort of emerge naturally? If you are trying to say something, what is it?

I was a late bloomer in life, and also pretty naive. I wasn't into sex, although I was curious. I was obsessed with the animated world and was very much afraid of growing up and what that meant. I deterred as many sexual experiences as I could. When it eventually happened, it paralyzed me and I no longer knew how to be a kid anymore. I struggled with sex and my sexuality for a long time, and it took a very special person to show me how not to be afraid of it. Much of my work comes from that place, of wanting to be that kid, to be innocent again but being too far gone. I grew a sense of humor about it all. A childish enthusiasm about sexuality and how differently we all experience it. Sometimes I paint so blindly, just adding in things that would live in this dreamscape and it isn't until later that I can pull some twisted experience that I may have had from it.

Tell me a little bit about your experience applying to and being part of the Brooklyn Biennial show at the Cotton Candy Machine. Were you familiar with the space? Had you attended any of our past shows?

I had sent work to CCM  a long time ago, but admittedly I wasn't ready. The work just wasn't ready. When my job moved me into the neighborhood - a mere block away, my buddy Matty pushed me to go and talk to the people there. I met Sean, introduced myself as non-creepily as I could, mentioned that I just had a show put together by Jonathan Levine, and he told me about the show he was making and said I should submit. So I did. I didn't think I'd be picked-I never do. When he told me he wanted me in it I was thrilled! But also dreading it, as most of my work was already gone. I had to make three new pieces within two weeks for the show.

What was your impression of the Brooklyn Biennial show as a whole?

I thought the show was pretty great! I was impressed with the space, and the atmosphere. It was definitely my kind of scene. We had some pretty amazing artists present.


Do you have a favorite moment or memory from that night? It must have been really exciting for you!  

Oh its so hard to choose just one! But it would have to be meeting Tara McPherson and her telling me that she bought one of my pieces. It was a definite NO WAY  kind of moment. Its nice to know I'm part of her erotica collection.


I gotta ask, do you ever experience shocked or horrified reactions to your work from conservative people? Maybe the elderly? How do you deal with it?

Of course! All the time. But we all know its the conservative ones that secretly like it the most. There's always a "wow...thats uh, that's something" but never had someone  outright disgusted, at least not to my face. Someone said I was spreading hate speech and had my Facebook fan page deleted. Who they are, I will never know. It can be disheartening but I am always honest about what I do. Its something I will have to deal with because of the nature of what I do. I accept that.


What are you working on now? Future projects? Hopes? Dreams?

I'm working on new pieces now. I want to have a series put together to have another show this year, and maybe one day, be represented. That's definitely the dream. My goal is to paint big, like storefront window big and have a whole gallery space to myself.  But that will happen when I have the money and space to do such a thing. Everything will come in its own time. But it would be pretty exciting to see that wouldn't it?

Tell me, in the simplest terms, WHY you create art.

I wouldn't be able to function as a normal person if I didn't feed my creativity. The longer I go without it, the more anxiety and irritability forms. Its the same way someone goes for a run to clear their head, or picks up a hobby to escape for awhile. Its a basic need by now.






Questions by Grace Lang
All Photos by Austin Crimmins

To see more of Tina's painting process, check out these videos!






We will be having a closing party for the Brooklyn Biennial Show this Saturday from 7-11 pm. Tina, as well as some of the other featured artists will be there, so come on by if you want to meet some crazy talented folks! Dima Drjuchin, who also has work in the show, will be playing some music live at the event. He is bringing his custom guitar and his pedals to entertain us. All the work will be coming down after the party, so it marks your last chance to come see the show. It's sure to be a killer evening, full of art, music, and lots of laughs. We'd love to see everybody there!

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional
Closing Party Saturday February 1st
7pm to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, Ny 11211

Gotham Exhibition At Fice Gallery

Cotton Candy Machine
Fri 01.17.14
Our good friends at Fice Gallery in Salt Lake City are having an opening tonight for their Gotham exhibition featuring some great NYC based artists. Cotton Candy Machine's own Lyejm Kallas-Lewis will be exhibiting along with Bonethrower, Cope2, Faust, Ricky Powell, Pixote, 13th Witness, Stash, Sara Blake, Kalvin Lazarte, Russ Karablin, Craig Wetherby, Leif McIlwaine, Anthony Vasquez, and Jhon (Nohjcoley) Wright. This will be a show you won't want to miss!! If you area in the are make sure and check it out.

Gotham Exhibition at Fice Gallery
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 364-4722
Email: ficegallery@me.com
www.ficegallery.com

Contact Fice for pricing and availability.



Here is a little sneak peak of a few of Lyejm's pieces for the exhibition:






NYCC 2013 Success

Sean Leonard
Thu 10.17.13

 Thank you NYCC!!

What a year! New York Comic Con 2013 was awesome! 





Tara McPherson was back at NYCC for her first time in two years! Huge thanks to all of the fans and collectors who came by the booth and hung out! Thank you to all of the new fans and collectors it was wonderful to meet so many new faces! Great costumes, great cos-play, good robots, gruesome rockstars and all the artists you need to know in one place. NYCC was done right from The Block to Artist Alley and it just makes us even more excited for next year!





We had the opportunity to do something extra special in the Block at NYCC this year. We got to set up panels on stage and have 5 amazing artists paint live as they prepared these original paintings for the Roebling Wall! Thanks to everyone who posted photos of the works in progress! Make sure to sure the #RoeblingWall so that we can see all of your pics! The biggest thanks to Dima Drjuchin, Arik Roper, Skinner, Bwana Spoons and Jeremyville for painting these and each doing such a special thing for Cotton Candy Machine, NYCC, our neighborhood Williamsburg, and then helping us make Brooklyn sweeter. You all rule!

Make sure to check out the Event Page Here
Tag yourself on our FaceBook Page here

Come visit these paintings on the Roebling Wall at Cotton Candy Machine.

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Located in Williamsburg near the Bedford & Lorimer L,
Metropolitan G, and Marcy JMZ Subway stops.
Store Hours • Noon to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday •

Thanks again! 
Sean




Zerofriends Opening

Lyejm Kallas-Lewis
Wed 10.16.13


We had a great opening with Zerofriends on the 11th. This show is truly one you do not want to miss with the delightufly diverse and dark body of work from Dave Correia, Jon Wayshak, Robert Bowen, Matt Ritchie and Alex Pardee. We always love when these guys come to town and in some crazy Zerofriends way they always manage to out do themselves. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported both Zerofriends and Cotton Candy Machine. Don't worry, the fun isn't over!! Not only is the show up until the 3rd of November but we still some amazing originals available from the show. Do not miss out!

Also check out all the awesome photos from the night of the opening at this link:
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/events/show/alex-pardee-and-zerofriends-copy



Check out some of the pieces from the exhibition!! And do not forget, these pieces are currently still available for sale! Wait what!? Yes, you did read that right.


Clink this link for the webstore listing of "Bloom 3" by Dave Correia
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/store/detail/bloom-3/


Clink this link for the webstore listing of "Subject 004" by Jon Wayshak
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/store/detail/subject-004/


Clink this link for the webstore listing of "Freddy vs Jason" by Matt Ritchie
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/store/detail/freddy-vs-jason/


Click this link for the webstore listing of "New Biology Psittacidae" by Robert Bowen
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/store/detail/new-biology-psittacidae/


Click this link for the webstore posting of "Hang In There" by Alex Pardee. We are selling the original line drawing along with a framed 18" x 24" Giclee print of the piece as well.
www.thecottoncandymachine.com/store/detail/hang-in-there/


These are not the only originals still available either, so make sure and check the original artwork section of our website to see all the wonderful pieces we have available. We also have tons of giclee prints and apparel from them in store right now.  Stop by and see the all the work while it is still up, you have until the 3rd of November!

You can always find or reach us at

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Call us! 718.387.3844


Located in Williamsburg near the Bedford & Lorimer L,
Metropolitan G, and Marcy JMZ Subway stops

LIVE PAINTING AT CCM THIS SATURDAY!

This has been 2 years in the making and I'm so proud and honored to announce that Cotton Candy Machine will be curating artist to be featured on the Roebling Wall side of our building! We are kicking off this new public art space with 3 local artist Buff Monster, L'Amour Supreme and David M Cook! Each artist is preparing a 4 x 8 foot panel that will be finished live at the Roebling Wall Saturday May 4th from 2 to 6pm. Join us for this live painting event and the closing party for Number Of The Beast by Buff and L'Amour! We will have some beers and a good time so you should come out!


Number Of The Beast Closing Party and Live Painting

Buff Monster, L'Amour Supreme and David M Cook!

Cotton Candy Machine's
Reobling Wall
Roebling and South 1st street
Brooklyn Ny 11211

Join us Saturday May 4th from 2 to 6pm
Give us a call if you have any questions
718-387-3844


Number Of The Beast

Sean Leonard
Thu 04.11.13

Live Painting at CCM Today!


Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme are preparing the ritual for tomorrow night! Stop in today if you are in the area and watch the mural get its finishing touches as Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme paint live at Cotton Candy Machine.




Follow Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme on Instagram! 

Make sure to follow the dudes on Instagram to get updates from where they are sitting or standing or jumping or painting. You can see it ALL right from them! With progress shots as they have been completing pieces for the show and murals painted on their world travels. I think you'll like it.

Follow Buff Monster here instagram.com/buffmonster

Follow L'Amour Supreme here instagram.com/lamoursupreme






Number of the Beast by
Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme
Cotton Candy Machine 2 Year Anniversary

Opening Event Friday April 12th
7 to 11pm

For info about Pre-Sale email Sean@TheCottonCandyMachine.com

Drinks Sponsored by Sailor Jerry and Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Call us! 718.387.3844

Located in Williamsburg near the Bedford & Lorimer L,
Metropolitan G, and Marcy JMZ Subway stops

Make sure to check out the other Galleries open for the Williamsburg Every 2:nd Friday art walk at every2nd.org and wagmag.org


Rebuilding From A Fire

Sean Leonard
Thu 02.07.13
Unfortunately it is true. Our apartment is toast.


Tara, Ronan and myself are safe, we were out of the country when the fire happened. Our downstairs neighbor Anton saved Jupiter our bunny too. It was a 4 alarm fire that spread from the building next door. It completely burned our adjacent wall and the roof. We found out from a text message while we were relaxing in Mexico. More news slowly came in almost real time. "They just smashed out your windows" we heard next. The first time I Googled the fire I got multiple links to blogs and news stations with photos and video. It was surreal to say the least. We lost a lot and now we are rebuilding from a fire.

The word spread quickly about our apartment and the amount of love and friendship that surrounded our family was amazing.Thank you all for being so kind and generous. Everyone who was displaced by the fire is safe and that is the most important thing. If you would like to help here is how.

Cotton Candy Machine produces our own fine art prints and our Giclee printer was lost in the fire as well. We are releasing 2 new prints to help us and CCM recoup from our loss. Both prints are Timed Releases and available NOW February 7th to 15th. These are the first timed release prints Tara McPherson has ever produced. The edition size will be determined by how many prints are purchased between now and the 15th of February.



The Love Space Gives is a Deep as the Oceans
by Tara McPherson
CLICK TO PURCHASE
$100
24" x 24"
Signed and Numbered
Edition size will be determined by the number of prints ordered
Giclee on Somerset Velvet Paper
Printed with Archival Inks

This new giclee by Tara is from a painting that was part of her Bunny in the Moon solo show and the cover of her newest book by the same name, Bunny in the Moon.



Bunny In The Moon
by Tara McPherson
CLICK TO PURCHASE
$25
8.5" x 11"
Signed and Numbered
Edition size will be determined by the number of prints ordered
Giclee on Somerset Velvet Paper
Printed with Archival Inks

This new giclee by Tara is the title piece from her Bunny in the Moon solo show and featured in her newest book Bunny in the Moon.

*This will be a timed print release only available from February 7th to the 15th. Due to the circumstances with the fire the prints will be shipping at the end of March.

There is no limit on how many prints you can order. If you can please buy them both and buy one for a friend.

Thank you all again for the love and support.
See you soon.
Sean


Dancing Through The Snow
By Tara McPherson
17" x 21"
Signed and Numbered
Edition of 100
$80


Click here to purchase this Print

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks

*Release date will be November 8th at Noon PST / 3pm EST.

*We will be donating a portion of the profits from the sales of this print to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

This amazing print comes from a painting Tara created for her show earlier this year at Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The original was painted in oils and finished with silver leaf. This beautiful rendered scene with a polar bear doing the foot work in this playful dance is balanced by the flat and reflective nature of the silver used on the treetops and the dress of our heroine. The sterling hood of her gown juxtaposes and frames her soft rounded face bringing the flat silver and rendered oils to a beautiful focal point. The whole world has come to life as this little gang passes through some mountain friends and enters a surreal pink forest. Keep an eye out, one of the mountains looks like he is up to no good.

This is truly wonderful print release. The painted reflective details in the forest's icy path are really something to see up close.



If you have any questions about this release or any other please send us an email to info@thecottoncandymachine.com



New Shirts by Tara McPherson

Sean Leonard
Sun 08.26.12

Now available online!!

It is always so exciting to release new shirts! All three of these shirts by Tara Mcherson were released at the Cotton Candy Machine booth in SDCC last month and now they are available online for the first time! Click the images for a direct link! 


Lucius And His First Mustache Finger shirt!
This image was originally created by Tara McPherson for the Melvins as a gig poster for their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2008. The poster has long since been sold out and now Lucius lives on in this new shirt! This beautiful 10 color screen printed shirt, Including metallic gold highlights, is available in a Women's scoop neck and a Men's Fine Jersey T-shirt. They are the softest, smoothest, best-looking T-shirts available anywhere!



Demoness shirt!!!
This image was originally created by Tara McPerson for High On Fire and their show at Gramercy Theater here in NYC in 2010. We just added a few more of this posters to the web store here it is almost sold out! Now for the first time this Demoness is available in this 7 color screen printed shirt! With horns and corpse paint she ritualistically kneels in a puddle of her own pink puke. The metallic silver highlights on her Axes make this shirt shine.


Black Swan shirt in new color!
This dark, cool and elegant Women with her Black Swan companion are from the painting "Isolated Metronomes" by Tara McPherson. It was created for a solo show with Choque Cultural in São Paulo Brazil back in 2008. Now the Black Swan is available in this 8 color screen printed shirt! With the Dancer and the Swan being isolated in a field of Day's Eyes you're sure to have a good look out!

Free Lithos and Stickers

Order any of these new shirts now from the Cotton Candy Machine and receive some sweet goodies for free! The first 50 people to order will receive a Litho or Sticker of the same image as your shirt!


You get 8" Lucius Litho Print with the Lucius shirts.
You get 4" Pink Puke Vinyl Sticker with the Demoness shirts.


With the Black Swan shirt you get this 9" x 10.5" Litho signed by Tara McPherson!

Be one of the first 50 people and get the sweet stuff!
Go to the online store here! 

Talk to you soon.
Sean

Recap of Tender Times by Scott C.

Sean Leonard
Sat 06.02.12
What an amazing month it has been. Tender Times by Scott C. has been such a treat to show here at Cotton Candy Machine. Check out this video and some pictures from the event. Thank you to Nate Denver's Neck for the song. Make sure to check out the event page here to see the rest of the photo's from the evening.










David Cook Bone Thrower

Sean Leonard
Thu 03.08.12
We are one day away from the opening reception for our first show of the year. This Friday the Marching 9th... Cotton Candy Machine presents Bone Thrower by David Cook. I asked David a few questions to help us all get a little more familiar with him and his work.



Let's start with when we first met. Do you remember where and when?

I believe this was helping you build some of the shelving for the Cotton Candy Machine. you can correct me if I am wrong. I had met Tara sometime before and when she told me about the store and that you may need a little help, it was a no brainer. I am such a huge fan of the idea and what you guys are doing that I have been pretty willing to help anytime I can. Plus you ended up being a pretty awesome dude so it is not hard to come and hang out and lend a hand whenever you may need it.

Awe, thank you David. You are an awesome dude for saying so. Well we did meet once before, it was at your show in San Francisco at White Walls Gallery. The show was super busy and I didn't do anything to crazy to remember me by. On top of that I was standing with Tara so I wouldn't remember me ether. haha.

In preparing for this show I described your work as "Creating images of precise rays and intricate patterns making unbelievable texture and depth in his characters." I took a stab at it and I feel like I am pretty close with some of the work. You once said that you want your work to look as if a computer has done it. How would you describe the work you are doing now?

I love that a lot of the time people are totally confused as to how I made these things. I like the mystery. I like people getting so lost in an image and all of it's tiny details that they don't notice how close they have gotten to the work until they almost bump their heads into it. Then they step back and realize they were looking at some giant tranny monster in fetish gear choking out a snake that turns into a penis. I think only when people get up close and really investigate what am I doing do they realize how much time, effort, and skill it took to make it. I just love seeing people interact with what I have done. it always makes me feel like I have done something right.



You are always working on so many commissions and different projects. You even showed with us last year in our grand opening "Tiny Trifecta" and again with 5 other artists in the "Shirts and Destroy and the Exquisite Corpse" show. Could you share a few of your highlights from last year?

Lets see. I kind of work my ass of all the time so that is a hard one. I will have to say doing the Exquisite Corpse show with all of those amazing artist was one of the funniest art making experiences of my life. We had so much fun with each other and with the expectations of what each other was going to make that we all really pushed ourselves to really try and have fun with it. Every meeting we had to exchange the drawings was just a comedy show and a fantastic learning experience that I just got so much out of it. I think we all did. Doing my interview with you was also a pretty damn good time. I will say I still want someone to do something with all of that footage. I think there is probably some really great stuff from all of us. and we are all totally wanting to see Seldon go on his current state of black metal rant.



You are kicking ass on instagram I must say. I alway love to see what Bonethrower is posting! Tell me how you feel about instagram and tumblr and all of these new social media sites poping up? Good, bad everything?

Well I can't say anything bad so far. i had no idea that instagram would be an avenue for me to show so many people what i am doing and get new work. i just thought it would be fun to show my friends things and see what they were up to. Facebook is not something that really interests me very much and i thought this would be a fun thing. All of the sudden it has just sort of taken off and seems to keep growing. i love getting to see in progress work that some of my favorite artists are sharing on there as well. Tumblr has been a really interesting on too. The folks at tumblr have taken an interest in what i am doing and are really pushing my work out there. Having said all of this it is pretty funny that those things are happening because about all i can do with a computer is check my e-mail.



On top of creating artwork for galleries and different illustration jobs you play guitar in the Brooklyn based band Marching Teeth. I've had the pleasure of seeing you guy and I must say I liked it, heavy, mean and loud. Tell me a little about the band and what is next for you guys?

We hope to have a recording done and out with in the next 2 to 3 months. This band has been one of my favorite band projects i have ever done. Getting to start a band with 2 of your best friends and play heavy metal is kind of awesome. it is a labor of love more than anything seeing as Aaron Baumle the drummer is married and has child, and that Damon Meena the bass player singer is one of the owners of the company that we all work for. We play as much as we can and are all super proud of the songs we have written. We hope that we are doing something a little different than the rest ( I guess everyone does) and love getting any chance to play. We are heading to South By Southwest for the first time the day after the Cotton Candy Machine opening.

Hell yeah! We will be down there again for Flatstock 33! This years SXSW just keeps getting better! On the topic of music and and art... What can you tell me about working on the Young Widows album art?



 I used to work with Evan Patterson for years at a screen printing shop in Louisville Kentucky. We spent a lot of time standing next to each other talking shit everyday and listening to music. I got to see the beginning of the band and see how it grew and changed. I always love to hear what Even is up to, he has always been one of my favorite musicians. So when he asked me to do it and gave me his concept I didn't hesitate for one second. I did a few different versions before i settled on what ended up being the cover. I have never been anything but proud to have gotten to work with them and am looking forward to doing stuff with his new band called Old Baby. (not kidding about that name) they are my favorite thing he has done yet.

Thank you for your time and I am super excited for the opening! 



Lets make sure people know how to follow you! Here are the best places to keep track of David M. Cook and his progress on this ocean of an internet!

www.dmcook.carbonmade.com
www.dmcook.tumblr.com
www.holyteeth.tumblr.com (this is my inspiration blog of sorts)
bonethrower on instagram

David Cook Bone Thrower
Opening Reception Friday March 9th
7 to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


See you at the show! 
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The very next day after Tara's show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Hollywood California we headed on a tour through South East Asia. After 18 hours of air time we finally landed in the Philippines.



Vinyl on Vinyl 2 Year Anniversary!

This was Tara McPherson's second time to Manila and you can read about her first trip here on Tara's blog! Our friends at Vinyl on Vinyl in Makati were celebrating their 2 Year Anniversary and invited Tara out for the celebration and a show.







For the 2nd Anniversary of Vinyl on Vinyl, Tara McPherson had original, graphite on paper drawings for the main pieces in the exhibition. On top of the quickly SOLD OUT drawings VoV was fully stocked with Rock Poster, Art Prints and Gicless all signed and numbered ready to go home with eager fans.




For the Designer Toy World there was an even more exciting focal point. Vinyl on Vinyl work with Tara to create "Lucius and his first Mustache Finger" and bring to life this huge sturdy 13' resin sculpt. They did an excellent job on these pieces! Each one is hand painted in the classic color way from the original Gig Poster Tara created for the Melvins. Just like in the poster Lucius is not alone and comes with 3 of Tara's iconic mountains. Packaged in a giant wooden box with the title screen printed on the outside and die cut foam inserts for each piece on the inside. To finish off the set each comes with a signed and numbered Giclee of the Lucius art work. Limited to only 35 pieces world wide this collaboration was a beautiful success!





Along with the event at Vinyl on Vinyl, Tara was asked by Fully Booked to do a couple Q&A's at the local College and University. The first was held at De La Salle College of St Benilde and was open to all students. It got packed quick as everyone gathered in the Cinema room just before Tara took the stage. After a quick introduction Tara moved into the Q&A. There was a large verity of MMA majors in the audience witch raised a range of different questions. Good luck to all of you students and like Tara said "Work your ass off!" Thank you to everyone who came out!





The second Fully Booked Q&A was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman at their U.P. College of Fine Arts. The Students and Faculty of this program are amazing. Here more the students are studying a fine arts major so Tara was a real sweet treat for this crowd. It is beautiful to see how all the way across the world these young growing artist respect and appreciate Tara's work so much. Thank you to Florentina Colayco, the Dean of the College! Thank you to all of the students and teachers that came out. Thank you Elle for your cute caricature of Tara!!



After I pulled off a few statue impressions and Tara did another photo shoot we got to go play around the City! Manila is crazy busy and there is so much going on all of the time! The streets and the traffic are unlike any place I have ever been. It moves like a million fish trying to swim through crowded creeks. There is very little regard for traffic signs or lane markers. It's like a wild free for all of cars jumping a leaping ahead for a clear shot down the path. I'm sure there are traffic laws in Manila but it seems driving is more fun here ignoring them. It's all fun and games until you get stuck in total gridlock for hours.







If you get the chance to check out Manila make sure to stop by The Collective in Makati and there you will find all kinds galleries, shops lots of great food and our good friends and incredible hosts Vinyl on Vinyl! Thank you Fully Booked and to Gabby, Pia and the whole team from VoV for the amazing show and wonderful week!



Singapore is hot enought to melt Superman.

It was on to Singapore which is a super futuristic city island amusement park country. I loved it and you must go there!



This huge Melting Superman sculpture was at the Singapore Art Museum and is titled “No One Can Save Us”. I got a real kick out of this piece and talked about it with almost everyone I met while we were there. This amazing multilevel conversation piece was created by artists Eric Foenander and Steve Lawler (aka Mojoko). You can recognize the character from a block away. Most of him has melted away already and you can still tell who this hero is. I think they nailed it with using Superman's iconic colors and pose and needing nothing more. If global warming makes it any hotter in Singapore not even the "man of steal" can save them. The piece was part of the exhibition: The Singapore Show: Future Proof.


CCM Pop up in Singapore with

Darkroom Army! 




Darkroom Army X Tara Mcpherson from darkroomarmy on Vimeo.



Inspired by the global urban art and analogue photography scene, Darkroom Army aims to create revolutionary analogue photographic equipment, whilst merging art with analogue cameras. So in conjunction with the release of the McPherson x Darkroom Army FED 5B LOVE BLOWS analog camera, we had a the first Cotton Candy Machine Pop up shop in Singapore.










Jackson Aw and the rest of the crew at Darkroom Army were such great hosts! The events at the Pop up were great! We met so many great collectors and fans. I can't believe how many toys have made it out there!



Darkroom Army also had Tara kick off their Lecture series.



 

At a crazy toy flea market in the old mall I saw some more Original Fake Kaws pieces. They were Fakes!


FLAPSLAP!



FLAPSLAP is different than what most Google searches or Urban Dictionarys will tell you. This FLAPSLSAP is a modern Designer Toy art Gallery / Collection run and owned by Jeffrey Koh. He gave us gum in Singapore!  We broke the law!




It was really a great time in Singapore. Thank you again everyone at Darkroom Army! Big thank you to everyone who came out to the events and the lecture! We hope to come back soon!

Cambodia



Cambodia has the of the coolest old Temple cities I have ever seen. Angkor Wat is a massive Temple that is surrounded by a mote and at it's prime housed a Million person strong civilizations. Walking around learning and thinking about these old cultures was my favorite part of this whole trip. Bayon Temple was built by a King who put his face on everything he could and had it carved all over his temple.




Cambodia and our stay there was truly more special than my words can do justice. So I hope you don't mind a million photos!. Tara and I were fully equipped with Mini Diana cameras (by Lomography) and all different kinds of 35mm film. All of the photos in this Cambodia section are from the film we shot. Enjoy.


















Thank you Nichole "The Baroness" and Carlos East the Beast Brother for all of your help and suggestions in Cambodia! See you back on the East Cost!



Thank you again to everyone who helped us in one way or anther on this tour of South East Asia Nations. Thank you Vinyl on Vinyl and Fully Booked, thank you Darkroom Army, PEEK!, FLAPSLAP, Singapore Swatch Watches and thank you Buddha! It was amazing! I hope to see you all again! Come to Brooklyn now and visit us!

See you at the Boutique.
Sean
We are very pleased to announce the full Somewhere Under The Rainbow print set! These Paintings  come from Tara McPherson's Lost Constellations solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. This series of Paintings depicts five young Girls all adorned with Corpse Paint makeup.  Each of the Metal Faced Beauties has a different condition growing from their head.  These images create a range of emotions from companionship and protection to growth and loss... It seems like whether you have seen these paintings once or you've seen them a hundred times, everyone will have their own idea of what the relationship between the Girl and her Surreal Counterpart really means. A few of Tara's favorite Characters Mr. Wiggles and the Skull Flower make an appearance in these pieces as well. 

The Prints will be released Thursday January 12th 2012 at 3pm EST. The FIRST 30 Orders will receive a FREE MINI Print. The Somewhere Under The Rainbow prints will be sold as a Set or Individually. This is an Edition of 100 and all prints are signed and numbered.

Somewhere Under The Rainbow SET
by Tara McPherson
SOLD OUT
This is the Set of 5 Prints.
Each Prints is:
8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks




Somewhere Under the Rainbow Turquoise
by Tara McPherson SOLD OUT

8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks




Somewhere Under the Rainbow Peach
by Tara McPherson
SOLD OUT
8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks



Somewhere Under the Rainbow Green
by Tara McPherson
SOLD OUT
8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks



Somewhere Under the Rainbow Blue
by Tara McPherson
SOLD OUT
8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks



Somewhere Under the Rainbow Pink
by Tara McPherson
SOLD OUT
8.5" x 15.5"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks


*** We have sold the first batch of prints Tara signed and numbered. Therefore all prints ordered from this point forward will be shipped the first week in March when Tara returns from her events and can sign and number the rest. We will still be including the free mini print for all orders placed who have to wait as well! Thanks for your understanding!


If you have any questions about these pieces or any others feel free to write to

orders@thecottoncandymachine.com

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Talk to you soon!
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What a Year it has been.

Sean Leonard
Sat 12.31.11
Thank you 2011

This year has been amazing to say the least.  When this year started I was running the Zerofriends Pop-up store in LA.  Now at the end of 2011 we've traveled the World and come back to Brooklyn to open the Cotton Candy Machine Boutique.  Working makes me happy.  I can honestly say I've never been happier in my entire life.



After we blew up and Rock'd out Zerofriends LA with the Cella Gallery, Tara and I headed on the very first Cotton Candy Machine Pop up Store tour!  We got on a plane with the mission of Making Brazil Sweeter by setting up mini Cotton Candy Machine Boutiques all over this wild wonderful Country. 




We started our Brazilian tour in SãO PAULO with Choque Cultural!  Huge thank you to Baixo, Mariana and Eduardo!  We set up in the new Project Side of Choque's space. It was sweet.  The art scene in Sao Paulo is very strong and they are very aware of what is going on and see what is important. I think they truly have a grasp of what is going on in these movements that are happening right now. I like what they are doing and most of all it is a pleasure to see them very time I get to. Hope to see you again soon! Then it was on to Rio de Janeiro witch it is like some kind of heaven on earth.  While in Rio we teamed up with La Cucaracha in Ipanema. Hope to talk to you soon Maxx! Next on the tour we headed North up the coast to Belo Horizonte were we where hosted so well by Quina Galleria's Ayrton and Rodrigo.  The last stop on the tour was in Recife for Porto Musical.  It took us almost a full month of traveling through Brazil to pull this all off. Mission Accomplished! We had 4 amazing events and made lots of new friends. Hope to see you ALL again some day! We love you Brazil and we will be back as soon as we can.

Before we could even plant our feet back in Brooklyn it was off to Austin Texas for SXSW and FlatStock 29.



Thank you as always to everyone at the American Poster Institute and we'll see you again in March Austin for FlatStock 33!  I'm going to eat veggie dogs from Frank that is for sure! (Dog plug)

We got back to Brooklyn with just enough time to lay down the last few coats of paint on the walls and fill the new Tee shirt racks with Apparel.  We were ready to open the doors.

April 9th 2011 we opened the Cotton Candy Machine Boutique in Brooklyn with our Grand Opening show the Tiny TrifectaTara McPherson put together this show with a group of her Contemporaries.  The Tiny Trifecta was +100 Artists all doing $100 tiny pieces of Art Celebrating the 100 day of the year. It was a huge success to say the least. Thank you again to all that helped make it so special. You can see more of the photos and videos here  Tiny Trifecta 

"Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Grand Opening event for the Cotton Candy Machine... the TINY TRIFECTA!! When thinking of what to do for the first exhibition, I wanted it to be something magical, shiny and glorious, and what better way to make magic happen than to get 100 of my favorite artists together for a fun show!" - Tara

Featuring the art of Jessicka Addams, Esao Andrews, Jim Avignon, John Baizley, Shawn Barber, Gary Baseman, Andrew Bell, Leia Bell, Bongoût, Robert Bowen, Beast Brothers, Mike Budai, Casey Burns, Scott C, Joe Capobianco, Marcos Chin, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, David Cook, Dave Cooper, Jessi Cornett, Dave Correia, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Daniel Danger, Camilla d’Errico, Stephan Doitschinoff, Dana Glover, Dan Grzeca, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, PJay Fidler, Justin Hampton, Kevin Hayes, Mark Heggie, Hero, Boris Hoppek, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Jordin Isip, Jeremyville, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Lindsey Kuhn, Henry Lewis, Travis Louie, Lola, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Angie Mason, Dan May, Tara McPherson, Mike Mignola, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Kathie Olivas, Alex Pardee, Marion Peck, Brandt Peters, Joshua Petker, Nathan Pickett, Anthony Pontius, Little Friends Of Printmaking, Arabella Proffer, Noah Rice, Nathan Rice, Martha Rich, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Jay Ryan, Mark Ryden, Isabel Samaras, Jon Schnepp, Mike Shinoda, Rafael Silveira, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Morgan Slade, Timba Smits, Shawn Smith, Jeff Soto, Nathan Spoor, Tofu Squirrel, Diana Sudyka, Fefe Talavera, Jill Thompson, Adam Wallacavage, Jonathan Wayshack, Eric White, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth, Chet Zar.







Tiny Trifecta coverage on CCM, MTV, Hi-Fructose 1, Hi-Fructose 2, Juxtapoz, Clutter

The line up for the rest of the year was no different.  For our second event we had Paper View a show with Zerofriends.  It was like bringing the family back together for this one. Alex Pardee and Dave Correia came out from the San Francisco Bay for the opening. It's always my favorite time of everytime to have these guys around.  Along with work from Alex and Dave we have pieces from Skinner and Robert Bowen. We've been carrying Zerofriends since our second month open. I don't think we will ever stop. 




Paper View coverage on CCM, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Eyesuckink, PlaywithKnives, Creep Machine,

Love and respect to one of my best friends on the Planet Darren Scott from Zerofriends! I'll see you soon! We are having Alex Pardee and Zerofriends back for another show this June 2012. I can't wait.

May felt like my Birthday all month. Miss Van was in New York for her Solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery so we invited her over for a Book Signing at the new Boutique. She is a very sweet and it's easy to see why everyone adores her work so much.



Miss Van coverage on CCM,  Hi-Fructose,  Jonathan LeVineMichael Michael MotorcycleTokyoBunnie,


Rock IT To Me kicked off our very first Rock Poster show.  Leia Bell, Brian Ewing, Michael Motorcycle, Little Friends of Printmaking, Jermaine Rogers and Kissie face Jay Ryan.  Thank you to all of the Poster Collectors both old and new for all of the support! 





Rock It To Me coverage on CCM, Inside the Rock Poster Frame, IHCS,

During our month of Rock It to Me.  The Melvins came to Brooklyn for 2 SOLD OUT nights in a row at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We had the band over for an event we called Meet the Melvins. The guys in the band are amazing and this was a very rare opportunity to meet these Rock legends. Everyone who made it out will probably never forget it...Thanks to all the photos and videos!



Meet the Melvins coverage on CCM, BrooklynVegan, Culture.wnyc, Planet Chocko Zine,

July was full of Rock Posters, Art Prints, Original Paintings and Danger. We only had one Solo Show this year and it was with Daniel Danger. If you have seen his work you probably will never for get what it looks like. If you have not seen it yet just take a look here. He is unbelievably talented and truly a Dangerous man. Keep up the good work Daniel, all of it. 




Daniel Danger coverage on CCM, Arrested Motion, OMG Posters, Throw Up the Horns, Inside the Rock Poster Frame

Summer time was sweet with our Buff Monster and Jeremyville Sprout up!  I can say this was the sweetest the Boutique looked all year! These two have such a strong work ethic it was no problem for them to fill it to the ceiling. Buff created a small army of new Customs and Jeremyville brought larger than life prints of the Apocalypse. Mission accomplished in Making Brooklyn Sweeter.





Buff Monster and Jeremyville coverage on CCM, Buff Monster, JeremyvilleClutter,  KidrobotDaily duJourVinyl PulsePlastic and PlushHandlebar,  According2GUrban Vinyl Daily,   ILoveMegatoysrevil, LivingProof,  SpankyStokes 2K,  Curatedmag,  Tottglobal, Rocketpunch, The wonderful life,

This is a good time to thank Tristan Eaton and Thunderdog studios.  They have been a huge support and help.  Thank you Rob for being the kind of guy who can do anything any time. You guys have a tight crew.

After the Reign of Pink came a Dark Storm. Six Artists from Shirts and Destroy made things a bit darker at Cotton Candy Machine.





Exquisite Corpse coverage on CCM,  BrooklynVegan, Saved Tattoo, FlavorpillMeditationsinatrament, Stephanie Tamez,  Heartbeatmedia,  Tattoo Artist Mag,  SwallowsnDaggers,

A super good friend and all around talented artist Anthony Pontius helped put this show together with all Brooklyn Based Shirts and Destroy Artists. Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Begley, David Cook, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt and Anthony Pontius and the Exquisite Corpse. Over the course of two months each artist collaborated on 12 originals. Each artist creating 2 Heads, 2 Torsos and 2 Legs completing a Corpse blindly. The skill and creativity these artist put into these pieces of art is outstanding. With this strong body of work coupled with Shirts and Prints from each artist the show was a success. Big thank you to artist Ryan Begley owner of Shirts and Destroy for making this possible! Make sure to check out the Tee Shirt Dungeon it's super close to the Cotton Candy Machine!

The weather in New York during October is perfect. I love every bit of it, the colors, the nerds, the freaks.  The leaves start to change,  the city floods with people for NYCC and you have Halloween! We topped all that off with events featuring Circus Posterus, Lulubell Toys and the Amazing Scott C.




Circus Posterus coverage on CCM, Circus Posterus, Vinyl Pulse, Kidrobot, Toys Are Sanity, VinylGoddess, Frequency

The same weekend as New York Comic Con we had the opening event for our Circus Posterus show with Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Travis Louie and Chris Ryniak.  The show was full of Sketches, Resin Sculptures and Prints from each artist. With each artist having such a rich and deep body of work their collectors knew how precious these pieces were. Now they have all found happy homes.  Big thank you to Kathie and Brandt for all of your help putting this one together! 

One night after the next! Same weekend The Lulubell Toy Bodega opened up shop at the Cotton Candy Machine. They had been busy orchestrating the event from all over the world. And when we opened up that night the boutique was full of brand new Toys all in the exclusive Cotton Candy Machine color ways.





Lulubell coverage on CCM, SpankyStokes, Vinyl Pulse, Toysrevil, Cherryvinyl

Along with the new CCM color ways in all of these toys, we released the 6" Resin Masters of George a Character by Tara McPherson. Thank you to Lulubell Amy out in Arizona, Lulubell Luke out in Japan and Julie B of Pretty in Plastic for the amazing show! Keep an eye out for the George Vinyl coming soon!  I can't wait to see what we can pull off this year! Check out Photos and Video from the show here.

To finish off our October here at the Boutique we had a Book Signing with Scott C. for his new book Amazing Everything.



Scott C coverage on CCM, PyramidcarFrequency

Scott C. lives right here in Brooklyn and he is loved all over the world. This was a chance to celebrate his new book and show off his amazingness. We are having Scott C. back for a Show this year so make sure you come check it out! More details soon!

November was time for a Rock Poster Show.





Slow Jams and Dedications coverage on CCM, Hero, Burlesque, Gigposters

Slow Jams and Dedications was our Rock Poster show with Hero Design, Burlesque of North America and Mike King. We always love a good Rock Poster Show and so do the Collectors. Each of the Artist brought some old classics and some freshly screened prints. This wont be our last Rock Poster show!



Tee Shirt Party coverage on CCM, Sara Land, The Blot Says, Inside New York

November was a full month too.  We had a One Night Tee Shirt Party with Sara Antoinette Martin introducing her new Tee shirt line Skelecore! Sara has been a long time friend of the Cotton Candy Machine and she actually took almost every photo in this blog.  It has been awesome to see her continue to grow as an artist. Keep up the good work! Thank you Sara!




Zombie Ice Baby coverage on CCMMishka, SpankyStokesKHFC,  

We had a very exciting Toy release and Collaboration between Shig x Tara McPherson. Tara was asked to do her own color way of the Ugly Four Eyes Nag Nag Nag. Her creation was the Zombie Ice Baby. Only 12 were ever made.  Shig sold 5 from Japan and we got to sell 5 of them through the Boutique.  It might be the coolest toy ever made.

Then to end out the out the year we had our Holiday Group Show! We released brand new prints from 5 of our favorite Artist! Esao Andrews, Travis Louie, Jeremy Hush, Paul Pope and Tara McPherson.




Holiday Group Show coverage on CCMHi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Circus PosterusSpankyStokes, Creep Machine, Branded Arts

That was our year at the Cotton Candy Machine!! Thank you so much to all of you who have made it possible our Family, Friends, Artist, Collectors and Fans. Of course none of this could have happened with out the amazing people in our life. 2012 is going to be even better! Hope to see you in Brooklyn!

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Holiday Group Show and New Prints

Sean Leonard
Fri 12.02.11

Paul Pope, Esao Andrews, Travis Louie, 

Jeremy Hush, Tara McPherson


This was our very first Show producing Prints. The pieces we had the opportunity of releasing are unbelievable. Here they are from each of the 5 Artist.

Travis Louie



Claire and her forest Schnook
by Travis Louie $200.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
17.5 x 24
Edition of 20
Signed and Numbered


This super limited print has the title of the piece hand written by Travis on each print. His penmanship is phenomenal and adds to the piece wonderfully.



Travis Louie signing Claire and her forest Schnook prints.




The General
by Travis Louie SOLD OUT
Giclee with Archival Inks
8.5 x 11
Edition of 45
Signed and Numbered


Esao Andrews



Red Portrait

by Esao Andrews $100.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
20 x 24
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered




Grey Portrait
by Esao Andrews
$25.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
8.5 x 8.5
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered

Paul Pope



Profile
by Paul Pope
$50.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
8.5" x 11"
Edition of 20
Signed and Numbered
and Special Stamp


Paul Pope signing Profile prints. 


Jeremy Hush




The Primrose Path
by Jeremy Hush
$75.00

Giclee with Archival Inks
12.75 x 24
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered




Wake
by Jeremy Hush
$20.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
8.5 x 9
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered


Tara McPherson



From The Abyss
by Tara McPherson
$100.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
20 x 24
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered





Umibozu
by Tara McPherson
$25.00
Giclee with Archival Inks
8.5 x 11
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered


The Original Umibozu Painting was a small part in Tara's "Bunny in the Moon" solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. A book is in the works too! Bunny in the Moon: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume 3 comes out through Dark Horse this March 2012.

Here are a few instalation photos from our Holiday Group show. 





Have a Happy Holidays from the Cotton Candy Machine! 

If you have a questions about any of the pieces you see in this show feel free to email us.

orders@thecottoncandymachine.com

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Phone/Fax 718.387.3844
www.thecottoncandymachine.com

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Black Friday Prints Giving

Sean Leonard
Wed 11.23.11

Online and In Store Free Prints




After you enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast and your Midnight Madness sales Join us for Cotton Candy Machine's very first Prints Giving! We are Giving away this Large Lithograph print of "George's Halloween Portrait" by Tara McPherson FREE with the purchase of Anything from the online store! That's right buy Anything from the site and get this print free! All online orders placed on Black Friday qualify!

Prints Giving is even sweeter if you can make it to Cotton Candy Machine here in Brooklyn. On top of the Free Prints With Every Purchase we will have our "$10 Out of Edition" prints on the floor! These are prints that are not included in the regular edition. They have been pulled aside for a variety of reasons from having a bent corner to the colors not meeting the high standard we have in our prints. This stack of prints is full of some of the most rare and sold out prints by Tara McPherson just Out of Edition and now only $10! First Come First Serve and we open at Noon!

Later that night we will be releasing the Shig x Tara McPherson "Zombie Ice Baby"

Prints Giving Friday November 25th
Online All Day
In Store 12 to 8pm

Zombie Ice Baby!!



"Zombie Ice Baby"
Shig x Tara McPherson

On Black Friday, November 25th we are having the most talked about Toy release we have ever been a part of here at Cotton Candy Machine. The newest collaboration in the NagNagNag series, 'Zombie Ice Baby' by Tara McPherson and Shigeru! Just last week Shigeru, who is the Japanese Vinyl master and Creator of the Nag, released his 5 toys of the edition through his website on 11.11.11 at 11:11. They were sold through a Lottery and collectors submit through email to be included in the raffle. Those 5 toys are all sold and that only leaves the 5 toys that we will be releasing here!

Join us for the Birth (release) of this Baby Four-Eyes Nag Nag Nag collaboration Friday November 25th from 9-10pm here at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn! Tara McPherson will be at the event to send these Zombie Ice Babies off to their new homes. Greg Rivera of Mishka and Artist L'amour Supreme will also be joining us for the release!  We will be holding a Lottery here at the Boutique. It is FREE to enter the Lottery, everyone who comes out will get to enter their name in the Lottery. Names will be pulled from the entries for the opportunity to BUY the Toy!  Your best chance of Collecting these Ugly Nag Toys is coming to the Boutique that night and entering in person. This wont be the first time people travel from all over to be apart of one of our events. I hope to see you here!

If you can't make it here for the Event... We are holding an Email Lottery as well! This will be for only ONE of the 5 Toys we will be releasing through Cotton Candy Machine. There will be a 3 hour window for the Email submissions from 3pm to 6pm EST on Black Friday, November 25th. Send an email to zombieicebaby@thecottoncandymachine.com and please include your Full Name, Shipping Address and a Phone Number to reach you. Only one entry per person, multiple entries will be discarded. The winner will be picked at random during the event on Black Friday night. The other 4 Nag Toys will be sold here at CCM in person on Black Friday.



The motto is C.U.N.T witch stands for Collect Ugly Nag Toys. That's funny! Another funny thing about that is it's really hard to Collect these Ugly Nag Toys because they are VERY RARE. More people want to Collect them than actually can. It always keeps you coming back for Shigeru's next Nag release! 





Shig x McPherson
Zombie Ice Baby Release party
Black Friday November 25th from 9 to 10pm

Thank you all for stopping in, for the phone calls, the emails and the excitement around this Nag Nag Nag. We are just as excited as you! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you at the Boutique on Friday!

*Update- We were able to donate $300 to Oceana and Sea Shepard charities from money raised in the auction of the last Nag doll. Thank You!!


Talk to you soon!
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Sara Antoinette Martin Tee Party!!

Sean Leonard
Mon 11.14.11

This Friday November 18th

Sara Antoinette Martin!


We are so pleased to announce the release of Sara's new Tee Shirt line Skelecore!  This Friday November 18th form 7 to 11pm we are having a Tee Shirt Party in her honner.  She is bringing Prints of her wonerful paintings, Sculptures and she has even done toys for Kidrobot and we will have a few of those beautiies on display as well.  We will be carring Skelecore the Tee Shirt line here at the Cotton Candy Mahcine and we love Sara so we are throughing her a party! 



"Robyn With Dahlias"
Giclee Print
13" x 19"
Edition of 40







The Tee's are looking great! Sara has done an awesome job on the Skelecore Designs. Taking from her painting and original illustrations to create these amazing pieces. All of the runs are super limited and hard to find. If you come across one it might be your only chance to grab it. This Friday will be your chance to get your hands on a few and make your torso happy.



Sara and the girls, Jessi and Tara

Sara Antoinette Martin is also long time friend of Cotton Candy Machine. She worked as Tara McPherson's studio assistant for years. Originally from eastern Long Island, Sara graduated from the Pratt Institute in 2005 with a degree in illustration and hasn't left the borough since. She has always been working in the arts and with artist. On top of working with Kidrobot doing product photography and working here with us at CCM she has continued to work on her own art. Sara has created a body of work with images and icons that speaks with a unique voice all her own. In the last year she has started to Tattoo and stays pretty busy with her amazing ideas for good priced ink at Brooklyn Tattoo. Check out Sara's blog Sara-Land.



Sara Antoinette Martin laughing and pretending to be Korean and Easo Andrews pretending to Shotgun a beer.



Michael Michael Motorcycle, Sara Antoinette Martin, Mark (Hero Design) showing off their mustaches.

Join us this this Friday

Sara Antoinette Martin
Tee Shirt Party!
November 18th, 2011
From 7 to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Have a good night!
Shotgun

Freak Store Caracas Venezuela

Sean Leonard
Fri 11.04.11

I love South America! 3.0




Tara McPherson and I were invited to go do a few toys events in Venezuela. After this trip I can accurately say I love South America. We got to enjoy this adventure with fellow Brooklynites (Both from England) Andrew Bell and Jon Burgerman. The events were all put together by Mario of Freak Store and the entire trip was hosted so well. When we first got to the hotel Mario told us "You will be taken care of while you are here," he said "you can just leave your wallets in your rooms.... In fact it's probably safer that way." It made us all laugh because it is TRUE. There is no secret that Caracas is pretty sketchy in parts. Luckily everywhere they took us was beautiful and safe and I never once felt in any danger. Well, It's no more dangerous than Brooklyn.



Freak Store is a Art Toy Store in Caracas. They have been killing it down south. Always on top of the newest hottest releases and getting their collectors what they need. After having the opportunity to see and experience the events it was obvious that they are making people happy. Their big event I Love Munny 3.0 is a huge success and it was all smiles from ear to ear. This event is an open invitation show where artists customize a Kidrobot Munny. The work created for these shows has been recognized world wide and truly celebrates the Art of Customizing. Andrew, Jon, Tara and I got to guest judge for the event too. It was hard to pick the winners but it was fun!










Make sure to check out the rest of the photos from the I Love Munny 3.0. There is also video from the event on E! Congratulations to the winners!  Keep it up and I can't wait to see what I Love Munny 4.0 has to offer!  The next day was the event at Freak Store.






The excitement from all of the collectors was wonderful. Freak Store was full of all kinds of Designer Toys. They had loaded up on Prints, Books and Shirts from the Cotton Candy Machine too so there was something for everyone!   DIY toys were the most popular becuase you could get a doodle from each of the artists. The signing had a huge line so Andrew, Jon and Tara stayed for an extra 2 hours so that no one would be left out. Thank you all again for the support!

Next was the Workshop. The day started off with a fun filled talk from each of the special Guests. After getting a little more familiar with Tara, Andrew and Jon this was a chance for all of the attendees to customize their own Kidrobot Munny. Everything from paints, brushes and scupty were provided even the Munny was ready at each seat. After hearing each of the Artists speak it was easy to be inspired and get to work on creating there own little monster. Big props to Mario and Freak Store for teaming up with Kidrobot on such a special idea.  Andrew is a Custom master so it was very fun to watch and learn from his skills.





Everyone there was able to take some time and create a new little creature of there own surrounded by inspiration and encouragement. Tara McPherson sculpted a horn and painted a new Custom Metal Unicorn Munny.  It was a really fun day! Thank you to everyone who came out for the event!  Keep Creating!



Once all of the events where finished we got to head to the hills and see what Venezuela was like a little ways out of Caracas. 





The whole trip was a wonderful experience. Getting to see a new part of the world with the love of my life Tara. Meeting a TON of new people that are excited about toys, just like me. Having the opportunity to watch first had how talented Andrew Bell is at his craft and sharing his "Creatures In My Head." Laughing non stop with Jon Burgermam. I wirite, "Dear Jon, We'll always have the waterfall." Jon says "I think I miss you." That reminds me! You must check out Jon's band Anxieteam. Jon also wrote a nice little Blog Entry "Crackers in Caracas" about the trip too! Thank you Mario and everyone a Freak Store for putting this trip together.




"I think I miss you too"
Talk to you soon.
Shotgun.

It was Amazing

I

We had our good friend Scott C. over for a book signing at Cotton Candy Machine. His new book Amazing Everything, published by Insight Editions was just released and so we had a party here! The book is full of Scott's fun and playful watercolor paintings from the past few years. Jack Black wrote the forward for "Amazing Everything" and it sets the mood for the art you are about to see. I think we all agree with Jack when he said "Scott C. reigns supreme!" Scott had a killer Book signing at 111 Minna in SF you can check that here. He continues to travel exhibiting his work and speaking at conferences all over the US. Keep an eye out to see if he is traveling to your part of the world because you wouldn't want to miss it. Scott is every bit as Amazing as his art.


"Zombie in Love" by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by Scott C and "Amazing Everyting"


Scott C. sketching away in his new books! 


Mummy, Me and Scott C. 






Mummy and I fell in love kinda.


Meghan (Miami), Scott C. (Amazing), Sean (Me), Tara (Love), Jessi (Boutique)

You can see the rest of the pictures form that night here

Thanks to everyone who came out! We have a Show with Scott C. next May!! His show is on my birthday and I couldn't ask for a better present than to have a party at the boutique with one of my favorite artist on Google Earth.  It will be More Amazing.

Talk to you all soon!
Shotgun

In conjunction with New York ComicCon, The Cotton Candy Machine is excited to announce A Circus Posterus Event featuring Circus Posterus artists: Travis Louie, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, and Chris Ryniak. This event will showcase limited edition prints, 3D works, and small originals. An opening reception will take place at The Cotton Candy Machine boutique in Williamsburg on Friday, October 14, at 7pm. The exhibition will be on display until November 6, 2011.

Founded by renowned artists, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, Circus Posterus is an active collaboration of artists, curators, and collectors whose mission is to create cutting-edge exhibitions and art projects showcasing the diverse mediums of its carefully selected members that include Sas and Colin Christian, Kukula, Travis Lampe, and more. Their unusual array of paintings, prints, sculptures, and toys pay homage to pop and “low-brow” culture.

Travis Louie grew up watching sci-fi and horror films in Queens, NY. He studied illustration at the Pratt Institute and ventured into painting after graduating. Galleries started showing his work rather quickly and his Victorian and Edwardian inspired portraits of imperfect beings were quite well received. Louie's oddly beautiful characters are based on ethereal stories he writes in his journals. His palette is typically limited to black and white with very little muted colors that evoke a hauntingly beautiful mood.

New Mexico artist Kathie Olivas has mastered the styles of early American portraiture and has taken it to an otherworldly realm. At first glance her idealistic renderings of young children conforming to a post-apocalyptic society are adorably sweet but upon closer inspection are quite disturbing and corrupt.

Brandt Peters is a Los Angeles native who resides in New Mexico with his partner, Kathie Olivas. He comes from a bloodline of artisans and his work directly reflects his self-described "eclectic" upbringing. Peters stays true to the carnival sideshow creepiness of his cohorts and often celebrates vintage comic illustrations and pre-war animation. His characters are alive and energetic, as if trying to escape the canvas.

Detroit born painter and sculptor, Chris Ryniak, is a graduate and former instructor of the Ringling School of Art and Design. His delightfully grotesque animal-monsters are often multi-toothed with over-sized eyes. They are set on a backdrop of nature untouched by man. He grew up the son of a fisherman and nature plays a significant role in his oeuvre. He chronicles his emotional experiences in such a way that one can determine his moods by gazing into the eyes of his acrylic creatures.

The Cotton Candy Machine is the new art boutique created by Tara McPherson and Sean Leonard located in Brooklyn, NYC, specializing in art prints, posters, apparel, books, toys, and more by a variety of contemporary artists. The Cotton Candy Machine hosts monthly art shows, events, and signings, and is the exclusive shipper of all Tara McPherson's merchandise.


     


We are very pleased to present the Buff Monster and Jeremyville video from the opening reception here at the Cotton Candy Machine! This was such a fun show. Both artist created some awesome new originals for the event, from small paintings to custom toys! The Boutique looked wonderful and sweetened the day of everyone who stopped by. 



Big thank you again to Zac and Contuit Media for putting the video together. Thank you Malcom Sosa from Rademacher for letting us use the song, make sure to check out their new album Babyhawk (Part I of III) 

Here are a few treats you can still find from the show at the Boutique and Online!
Like these new Tee Shirts by Jeremyville



Click here for "Get Free" Tee by Jeremyville




Click here for "Walk Happy" Tee by Jeremyville




Click here for "Let's Scribble" Tee by Jeremyville


We have a few different styles left from Jeremyville and make sure to check out their website for all of these and more. Click here for Jeremyville.com



Having two Artist who are Toy Designers as well was a great addition to the Boutique. On top of all of the Toys we also have a few prints from Buff Monster. Both of these two prints are the only we have left of each. Get it while it's hot.

Click here for "Cloud" 4 color silkscreen by Buff Monster




Click here for "All of my favorite flavors" Giclee by Buff Monster





Click here for "Cy Clops" Custom Painted Toy by Buff Monster


Have a look at all of the goods from Buff Monster by clicking his name.  Find even more of Buff's work and his web store here. Buffmonster.com

That's all for now! I hope to see all of you here in Brooklyn soon.



Have a good day! 

Shotgun

Rock It To Me video

Sean Leonard
Fri 08.12.11

Leia Bell, Brian Ewing, Michael Motorcycle,

Little Friends of Printmaking,

Jermaine Rogers, Jay Ryan



This was our first Rock Poster show here at the Cotton Candy Machine and it wont be our last! Each Artist brought Rock Posters and Art Prints from their personal collection. Everything from brand new Prints being signed here at the Boutique to Super rare only 5 in existence and Artist Proofs galore.  Our man Zac from Conduit Media keeps killing it on the videos for us! Thank you Sam and Dogfish Head for the drinks!! Thank you Melvins for letting us use "Revolve" from Stoner Witch!  Enjoy and Share.

Rock It To Me from Tara McPherson on Vimeo.


Thank you to everyone who came out for the opening and next time you are in Brooklyn make sure you come and see us!

Have a good one!
Shotgun Sean

Meet The Melvins Video

Sean Leonard
Thu 08.11.11

We love the Melvins and this was like a dream come true.

Tara has done Posters for the Melvins for years. Launching the Special Edition Rock Poster T-Shirt with the Melvins has been amazing. Doing our "Meet the Melvins" event was like a dream come true.


They played 2 nights Back to Back at the Music Hall of WIlliamsburg.  In between those 2 shows we had them here at the Boutique for an unforgettable event here is our video from that day.

Meet the Melvins from Tara McPherson on Vimeo.


Big shout out to Zac and Conduit Media for the killer video.  Thank you to Sam and Dogfish Head for the Beer!

Enjoy and Share!

Shotgun Sean

THEY ARE HERE!

Today August 5th we are very excited to open our next show with Buff Monster and a Jeremyville SPROUT UP.




Buff is in town from LA for the week (along with a few other friends) and he is not holding back. From small original works on paper to creating a 3" army of Custom Buff Monster Vinyls to Screen Prints that have been sold out for years he brought the PINK.

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Art Work 5" x 5"
Framed 9" x 9" approx
2011



Custom Toys
Acrylic and Spray
On Vinyl Buff Monster Toy
3” Tall


The Jeremyville Sprout Up is in full bloom and it's here at the Cotton Candy Machine! After taking over Australia and Inhabiting NYC's Manhattan it was time to Sprout Up in Brooklyn and these streets are full. From AMAZING Original Paintings and Community Service Announcements to Toys and Skate Decks there is plenty of eye Candy for everyone.


Polymer Paint and Ink
On Canvas Panel
Art 10" x 14"
Box Frame 15" x 18.5"



Polymer Paint and Ink
On Canvas Panel
Art 10" x 14"
Box Frame 15" x 18.5"


Here are all of the details for the opening.

Buff Monster x Jeremyville
Opening Reception
August 5th 2011
from 7pm to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Stree
Brooklyn, NY 11211


For all of you who can't make it tonight we are having a Pre-Sale on the Originals from this show today from 12pm to 5pm EST. The Pre-Sale will end at 5pm before the show opens live here at the Boutique.

Daniel Danger x CCM Exclusives

Sean Leonard
Sun 07.31.11

The DD x CCM show was nuts... but it's not over yet!

Today was the last official day of Daniel Dangers solo show. With San Diego Comic Con in the middle this has been one crazy July. Thank you all.


i never had a plan for you - Blue Color Way

"i never had a plan for you..."

Blue Edition of 120
7LOTB
24" x 36"

BUT The fun is not over. Starting Tomorrow August 1st @ 3pm EST the rest of Daniel Danger's prints will be released online for the first time.  Including the CCM exclusive color ways that have been saved for this moment.

These prints have only been available in store since the short pre-sale the day of the show. The pre-sale was closed at 7pm when the show opened live. We have had such a good response from this show. Thank you to everyone who came out for the opening and to the guy that came in yesterday and bought the last Star Wars print and to my man today that picked up #2 in the whole set and EVERYONE that even came to take a look. If you made it to the boutique during this show you know that Daniel didn't hold anything back and added a few more amazing Art prints to his ever growing body of work.

If you couldn't make it during his show this post is for you.

3 Brand new Silkscreen Art Prints by Daniel Danger.


i have troubles - Wonder Wheel - CCM Exclusive Pink Color Way

"i have troubles today i had not yesterday..."

Pink edition of 40
7LOTB
24" x 36"


i had troubles - Cyclone - CCM Exclusive Pink Color Way

"i had troubles yesterday i have not today"

Pink Edition of 40
7LOTB
24" x 36"


i never had a plan for you - CCM Exclusive Red Color Way

"i never had a plan for you"

Red Edition of 30
7LOTB
24" x 36"

We have a really good selection of Daniel's work for this on line release.  You can preview it all on line now.  
Make sure to check for all the new SILKSCREENS and ROCKPOSTER

Talk to you soon
Shotgun Sean

San Diego Comic Con 2011

Sean Leonard
Sun 07.31.11

One more SDCC has come and gone...



Let me start with the biggest difference for ME this year at the Con. I was asked to host the First Annual Designer Toy Awards at Munky King's Black Ball.  I still worked the Zerofriends booth with the gang. I still told Alex's stories.  I still met a ton of new people. But the DTA's added something different. I had gone to that same party, Monky King's "Black Ball" every year that I could in the past. Most of the time as a +1 because my name wouldn't have been on that list. This year I got to introduce, on stage, during an awards show, DTA Board Members and Toy Gods Frank Kozik, Ron English and my sexy girlfriend Tara.... just to name a few. SDCC 2011 has been my favorite year yet and I can't wait for the next.
*This is not me winning a DTA, this is me acting crazy holding one.


We rented a Volvo C70 Convertible for the trip! San Diego weather was perfect with the top down.


FLASH BACK: ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2010


ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2011 not much has changed….


BUT First.. Tara and I headed to Temecula to print some new Cotton Candy Machine shirts for a Comic Con release. Coming soon online.




SKELETON HEART

Fine Jersey Mens Tee
$29.99

GEORGE'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Sheer Jersey Womens Tee
$29.99


Then it was off to Costa Mesa were we got to visit a Chandelier by Adam Wallacavage!


Things I did in the Volvo C70 Convertabile.
-Went to New Port Beach Costa Mesa
-Got some sun *Might cause cancer.
-Put the Top down everywhere we went.
-Filmed the top transforming into the trunk *Hard Top Convertible
-Drove responsibly fast.
-Cried just a bit when I dropped her off.


Now back to SDCC!! Tara McPherson brought The Cotton Candy Machine Booth and it was looking great. Big shout out to Sara Martin for running the Booth, also to the Cella Gallery, Shannon and Mattew Currie Holmes for rocking out all weekend long.


We have been here before....


Alex Pardee was killing at the ZEROFRIENDS booth as usual. Sketching for never ending lines of eager fans and friends.


This was Brian's first Con and fist time working the booth with Alex Pardee and  ZEROFRIENDS. He made A LOT of friends.


Gizmo in the house!


Shirts I have never seen. Thank you loyal friends


This girl was playing "Baby Doll from Sucker Punch if she had been in a Lacrosse accident the day before," she should have won an award. Check this out, Her Dad was a perfect High Roller (Jon Hamm), you can tell by his pants.


Now on to the awards….. The 2011 First Annual Designer Toy Awards presented by Clutter, Munky King and the actual Awards were designed by Pete Fowler and Pretty in Plastic!


Josh from Clutter and I getting high.


John Stokes of Spanky Stokes helped to present a DTA. 


Skinner and I happened to wear the same shirt for the Awards.


Tara and I.


The Loyal Candy-Fructose.  John, Me and Attaboy!


The CCM crew for the week. Joe, Debbie, Tara, Sara and Me


After the DTA's it was all just fun with ZEROFRIENDS. Some how these mustaches just kept being attracted to the booth. 


Alex released his first set of Hand Painted Awful / Resilient books during the Con.





Jon and Holly see you soon! Buff and Stephanie I'll see you in Brooklyn this week! Mark your Calendar Buff Monster and Jeremyville August 5th at the Cotton Candy Machine!


I went through security...

 and got on a plane with a sword on my back! 


SDCC is the Most influential Event of the Year. It won a DTA for this same topic. I'll miss you Comic Con and all of you friends that come with it. Thank you and we'll meet again next year.

Thank you to everyone for the photos and the fun time. Talk to you soon.
Shotgun Sean



Hot off the press!!

Tara McPherson
Wed 06.01.11
Here is my new Melvins poster for our event with them next Tuesday! Printed by Andy at Diesel Fuel Prints. So, come 'Meet the Melvins' Tuesday June 7th, from 4-5 pm only! And you can purchase the new print here!


Design For Humanity

Tara McPherson
Sat 05.28.11
So there is this awesomely huge event taking place in LA on June 15th that I'm going to be a part of... Billabongs 5th Annual charity event 'Design For Humanity'. This years charity is VH1's 'Save The Music Foundation'. Join us for this massive fashion, music, art, block party on the streets of the Paramount Studios NY Street Backlot in Hollywood, CA

The art show is curated by Daniel Chang, and features an art auction with Adam Dennis, Andy Davis, Angela Clayton, Anna Topuriya, Artemis Nolasco, Brian Rea, Casey Gray, Clayton Brothers, Cody Hudson, Cory Little, Daniel Chang, Daniella Manini, Danielle Petach-Brown, Dave Kinsey, Frieda Gossett, Jeff Soto, Jonathan Calugi, Juliana Neufeld, Julie Goldstein, Justin Kreitemeyer, Katherine Streeter, Kelli Murray, Kyu Hwang, Lora Zombie, Mario Wagner, Mark Allen Miller, Marq Spusta, Mel Kadel, Nancy Mungal, Nate Duval, Nicholas Chalmers, Pamela Henderson, Ryan Jacob Smith, Ryan Tatar, Sara Christian, Sarah Awad, Sophie St-Onge, Tara McPherson, Tyler Warren, Yoko Furusho, Heads of State and more TBA.

They are flying me out for this, so if you live in LA and want to come, I'll see you there! 100% of the ticket sales go to charity. Info here.


 

ARACHNE Stop Motion Animation

Tara McPherson
Fri 05.13.11
Some of you may know I teach a class at Parsons in the Illustration program. It's called 'The Dark Side' and is an elective for Junior's and Seniors. One of my amazing students Alyssa Baron-Klask made this stop motion animation for one of our projects, and I thought I'd share it with you! Way to go Alyssa! (She also was the Cotton Candy Machine operator at the Tiny Trifecta event :)


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