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.
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
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
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!
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