Brooklyn Biennial Submissional Show

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 12.12.15

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional

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


We are thrilled to host the Second Biennial Submissional at The Cotton Candy Machine! For those of you that remember our first Brooklyn Submissional in 2013, this show is a bit different, showcasing many more artists with works filling the entire space! We are including pieces from over 100 artists, making it the biggest show we've ever done!
Sadly, this is Cotton Candy Machine’s final show in our space at 235 South 1st street, so if you have never been to a show here before, try and make it out to see it before its down and we're gone. While CCM will continue to exist online and will curate shows from time to time, we will no longer have this physical store-front.



Last night was the opening of the Brooklyn Biennial Submissional, the very last show in our current gallery space. 120 artists out of hundreds who submitted were accepted into the show juried by Tara McPherson herself, and the outcome was amazing. Every piece selected looks stunning, with a wide variety of different styles and aesthetics. There is something for everyone in the show. During the opening, pieces were selling like hot cakes, excellent for only the first night. Be sure to check out all of the pieces listed on our site before they're all sold! A complete image list of the works can be found here. Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you are interested in any of these pieces!



The turnout for the show was phenomenal. A large amount of artists featured in the show, plus their friends and family, were in attendance. Some even flew in from all over the country, and the globe. One artist traveled all the way from Sweden just to see the show in person. Every inch of space in the gallery was consistently packed with people, and crowds of visitors lingered outside the storefront waiting for a chance to squeeze their way in. If you were at the show and unable to see some of the pieces because of the large crowd, I highly encourage you to stop by the gallery again when more walking space is available. We are open to the public every day of the week except Monday, from 12-8pm. Christmas eve will be the final day that the Biennial Submissional is on view, so be sure to stop by soon!


Artists featured in the show:

Aica, Scott Albrecht, Josephine Archer, Paula Avalos, Joanna Bavero, Charles Bennett, Laura Berger, Linnea Bergstrom, Thiago Bianchini, Emma Black, Jeff Blackburn, Tyson Bodnarchuk, Robert Bowen, Nici Brockwell, Lioba Brückner, Megan Buccere, Venetta Butcher, Marjolein Caljouw, Stefano Cerioli, Chaval, Gaius Cruz, Steven D’Arbenzio, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Nicky Davis, Gabi de la Merced, Ryan Denman, Christa Dippel, Randi Drozd, Dima Drjuchin, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Sabrina Elliott, Siames Escalante, Marla Fasano, Karolin Felix, FLuX, Graham Franciose, Colin Frangicetto, Lydia Fu, Kaila Gee, Seth Goodman, Kelley Hagemes, Van Holmgren, Sabah Ingvarsson, Rhodora Jacob, JCORP, Yasmin Jones, Alexis Kandra, Leegan Koo, Tara Krebs, MUMBOT, Grace Lang, Abigail Larson, Jennifer Hrabota Lesser, Gretchen Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Joshua Sterling Lewis, Eli Libson, Kathleen Lolley, Mari Lowery, Sirene Louveteau, Perri MacKenzie, Sean Mahan, Megan Majewski, Andrew Mamo, Adam Mazy, Caitlin McCormack, Kristal Melson, Scott Mills, T. Dylan Moore, Erin Earl Muehlenbach, Joanna Mulder, Hana Mulyati, Alisha Murray, Torreja with Narcossist, JP Neang, Lauren Neely, Loch Ness, Michael Newton, Jacob Oh, Daisuke Okamoto, Katie Paglialunga, HyeJeong Park, Bruce Parker, Richard Peterson, Arthur Plateau, Bruno Pontiroli, Ganesh Rao, Heather Renaux, David Reyes, Ryan Riedel, Nicole Rifkin, Paul Roberts, Joshua Roman, Rue Sakayama, Seth Scantlen, Marc Scheff, Dylan Garrett Smith, Melinda R. Smith, Mike Sobeck, Brian Sparrow, Stickymonger, Tammy Street, Joey Stupor, Rebecca Sutton, Eimi Takano, David Russell Talbott, Anna Tillett, Alicia Tippin, Tenderloin Television, Stefanie Vega, Tom Velez, Scott Walker, Daniel White, Graham Yarrington, Raúl Zeptiror, Jesse Zhang & Valentina Zummo





This is your last chance to purchase originals from us so definately get in touch with us at info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you see something you like!

Junko Mizuno Triad Show

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 11.14.15
Junko Mizuno is a Japanse artist born in Tokyo. Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe. Junko's latest exhibition Triad is currently here in Brooklyn at The Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has shown with us in all five of the Tiny Trifecta shows, and with David M. Cook in March 2014. We're so excited to have her back!



Last night Junko Mizuno debuted her solo show, Triad. The show welcomed a huge crowd of her fans, from cosplayers, to collectors, to young kids. Triad illustrates three main characters created by Junko, the nurse, the wrestler, and the witch. The witch can be seen gobbling up meat while breast feeding her many children, the nurse is depicted performing abstract surgery, and the wrestler goes into battle against a whale. Each painting depicts a different part of Junko's fantastical story, that we're all hoping will lead to a new comic book by the great artist. Junk is very well known for her great story telling abilities through the art of comics seen in her great works such as, Pelu, Hansel and Gretel, Pure Trance, and Cinderella. The show was also covered by HiFructose Magazine! You can check out their coverage of the show here. Junko's show will be up until November 29th so be sure to check it out before it comes down! We have a lot of prints from the show for sale on our site here. Her original pieces in the show are selling very quick so try and grab one quick before they're all claimed for! If you wish to buy an original, contact the gallery at info@thecottoncandymachine.com



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


The Art Knight Episodes 6 and 7!

Grace Lang
Thu 10.22.15
Here at the Cotton Candy Machine, we are excited about art and it is our mission to share that excitement with anybody and everybody. It happens all too often that art discussions are expected to be strictly serious and scholarly, placed up on a pedestal that, for many of us, is simply out of reach. It can be overwhelming and even alienating. While there is always a place for the serious and the scholarly, there is also a place for genuine enthusiasm and enjoyment. I’d like to think that the Art Knight web series is the place where all these attributes combine.There is no question of Sean’s excitement… his every word is infused with passion. But spend a few minutes with the show and you’ll also get some serious art-talk, whether it is through an art show’s written press release or an interview. Always mentioning the grander concepts of a show or an artist’s body of work, Sean recognizes the mental work behind crafting beautiful objects. His easy going demeanor prompts artists to speak openly and the effect is just perfect. The guests are presented as smart and thoughtful, while remaining accessible to even the most novice art fan. In the most recent episodes of the series, we get a few interviews, each of which provides a different angle of this massive universe we call Contemporary Art. Both episodes 6 and 7 feature two installments: the Art News and a an on-sight interview. So, let’s check it out!

Watch Episode 6 - The Art News!



Covered in Episode 6 Part 1:

Governor's Island Art Fair, Governor's Island, New York, NY
Jen Ray "Deep Cuts", Albertz Benda Gallery
Brett Amory, Seonna Hong, Martin Wittfooth, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Kris Kuksi "Amalgamation", Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Jel Ena "Sanctum Infernum", Stephen Romano Gallery, New York, NY
"13th Hour" Group Show, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
Murals In The Market Festival, Detroit, MI
Beyond Eden 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Babytattooville and Mark Ryden's Surrealist Ball, Culver City, CA
Mark Whalen "Trapezoid", KP Projects / MKG, Los Angeles, CA
DABS MYLA "Before and Further", Modernica Factory
Soey Milk "Pida", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Casey Weldon "Hastemaker", Roq La Rue, Seattle, WA
Evan Hecox "Terrain", Andenken Battalion, Amsterdam
Erik Jones "In Colour", Dorothy Circus Gallery, Roma
Tara McPherson "I Know It By Heart", Dorothy Circus Gallery, Roma

Watch Episode 6 - Interview with Ramiro Davaro-Comas



In Episode 6 Part 2:

Sean visits Ramiro Davaro-Comas' studio in Bushwick to see the 50 pieces he prepared for his show "Pushing Wood" at Cotton Candy Machine. Originally from Argentina, Ramiro's work is heavily influenced by his time in New York and local skate culture.

Filmed at Ramiro Davaro-Comas' Studio
Music by: Dima Drjuchin and The Unconditional Love
"Don't Give Me That Face"
"Unicorn Baby"

Watch Episode 7 - The Art News!



Covered in Episode 7 Part 1:

Seonna Hong "If You Lived Here I'd Be Home By Now", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Martin Wittfooth "Offering", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Logan Hicks & Beau Stanton "Calm Before The Storm", Highline Loft, New York, NY
Heartbeat Opera "Miss Handel", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
"House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological and Ethnographic Waxworks
from Castan's Panopticum, Berlin 1869 - 1922", Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Nychos "Translucent Fear", Kolly Gallery, Zurich
Hiroshi Fuji "Happy Paradies", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Invader Mosaic Art, Low Earth Orbit, Milky Way Galaxy

Watch Episode 7 - Juxtpoz Times Square Newstand



In Episode 7 Part 2:

We went to Times Square to check out the Juxtapoz T.sq Newsstand, a pop-up newsstand and art installation designed by Kimou "Grotesk" Meyer. We spoke with Evan Pricco, Editor-In-Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine about the newsstand, the artists involved with the project, and the realities of creating art in the commercial epicenter of New York City.

Filmed at Juxtapoz T.sq Newsstand

Music by: Dima Drjuchin and The Unconditional Love
"Goddamn Dream"
"I'm A Fucking Punk"
"Marry Me"
"Bb (in Bb)"

Dashing and daring, the Art Knight watches over our city (and maybe yours!), keeping us safe from the forces of drabness and white walls. Stay up to date with his mission by following us on Facebook and subscribing on Youtube! Thanks for all the love and support!

Upcoming Events at CCM!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 10.03.15

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

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

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

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

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

We will be giving FREE T-SHIRTS with any art purchase!! So come to the opening!!!
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Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist living in Brooklyn. He has been painting since he was a child, and his work is heavily influenced by his travels, street life, comic books, South American/European Muralism, skateboarding culture and animation. Davaro-Comas works within his own vocabulary of characters, symbols and iconography, creating fantastical worlds in which his characters float and loom about, and seem to always be on the search. His work has an underlying social narrative that prods its viewer to ask questions and create their own story line to his images
Opening Event Saturday October 10th 7 to 11pm


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn. The images he has created are constantly going viral and spreading across the world, from street vendors bootlegging his art in Bangkok to sell it on tee's, to junior high kids in the Midwest using it for their band flyers. You can see more of his work at his website or follow him on Instagram.
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Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe. Wizard Skull got his hands on the actual animation cels used to create cartoons such as Fantastic Four, the Simpsons, He-Man, Loony Tunes, Duck Tales and more. Now, he is adding his own unique twist to these cels, putting in new characters and bringing them back to life with an entire new meaning.

Opening Event Saturday October 24th 7pm to 11pm


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

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

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

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

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


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

Junko Mizuno
November 13th to November 29th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art Knight Episodes 3 through 5!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 09.26.15


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

Check out the show on Youtube!


Covered in episode 3:

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


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


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


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


Tara's Summer Update

Tara McPherson
Sat 09.26.15

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

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

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

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

xo Tara

Faith No More / Refused


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


18" x 24"
4 Color Silkscreen

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


Purchase details here at Secret Serpents.

Lightning Bolts In My Chest


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

Created, exhibited, and printed in New York City!


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




Purchase details here.









I Know It By Heart

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

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

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


Stuff

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

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

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

xo Tara

Brian Sparrow: Underworlds

Grace Lang
Fri 09.18.15


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



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




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














Opening Event Saturday September 19th
7 to 11pm

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. 

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




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!




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!

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!


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!

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!!

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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