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!




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!
Check out his instagram!

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.
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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.
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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!
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.
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!

 

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



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!

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!!
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

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


Lucius is Here!

Vinyl on Vinyl really out did themselves with this piece.

Lucius and His First Mustache Finger!

by Tara McPherson

Edition of 35, Signed, SOLD OUT 

Click here to purchase this set.

We received only 10 sets for sale here at Cotton Candy Machine and these will be the only sets available in the USA. They will go on sale Thursday November 8th at Noon PST / 3pm EST
More info here!

This wonderful resin sculpture set comes with a sturdy 12" Lucius in his classic space suit and 3 of his Mountain Friends that stand 3" tall. Everything about this set is top notch. From the shape of the sculpts down to the hand painted details that match the original illustration masterfully. In addition to the sculptures, this set comes with a signed and numbered mini print exclusive to this release. And to finish it off, this all comes in screen printed wooden box with custom dye-cut foam layers holding each piece perfectly in place. Made by Vinyl on Vinyl in The Philippines for Tara McPherson's solo show there in early 2012.



See our full South East Asia Nations Pop up Store tour here.

Visit our Boutique and Gallery
Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Call us! 718.387.3844

If you have any questions about this piece or any others send us an email to info@thecottoncandymachine.com


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.










Tender Times by Scott C

Sean Leonard
Wed 05.09.12

Tender Times


"Pollens"

We are so excited to have Scott C. here at Cotton Candy Machine for his first solo show in Brooklyn! Scott's paintings have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. He lives here in Brooklyn now, SO we are couldn't be happier to put on this show with him on his home turf.


"Candy Stripes" and "Little Guy Three Spirits"

These all new paintings depicting incredibly tender moments are full of Scott's iconic style and incredibly clever humor. In these Tender Times a giant scary monster makes for the best place to enjoy Storytime.


"Storytime"

Scott's imagination laid out in these paintings brings us to a place where rainbows are a meeting place for friends or they make for an irresistible treat.


"The Four"

"Eating Wafers" and "The Treat"

"Unwanted Gift"

"The Offering"

From an Unwanted Gift to The Offering Scott was able to create so many new images and share so many new ideas in this show full of Tender Times.

Click any of the images in this post for a direct link to the original work. To see the rest of the work available in the show click here.

For any questions about purchasing please email sean@thecottoncandymachine.com

There will also be a pre-sale Friday May 11th from 3 to 5pm EST from our Online Store.

Join us for the opening event of Tender Times by Scott C.

Tender Times
Opening Event Friday May 11th
7 to 11pm

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



"The Duel"

Skinner Videos!!

Sean Leonard
Wed 05.09.12

Skinner enters the Smut Cave




Skinner's solo show The Undermining Satanic Energies Of An Incongruent Suburban Sickness was amazing. Having Skinner and Kristie in town with us was such a treat. In just a few long days and nights Skinner transformed the Cotton Candy Machine into a dream scape perfect for the housing of his new work. Skinners trip with the Spelunker in the Smut Cave turned out to be an unforgettable interview. Our good friend Marcus R Brooks captured the action here at the boutique and put together two videos. One a timelapse of Skinner painting the murals and installation here in the boutique. The second video is an interview where we get to hear about influences, inspiration, Marvel Comics, growing up in a small town, coming to Brooklyn and what secret projects he might be working on. How do you feel about that!? Sit back and enjoy the wonderfully wicked visuals, words of wisdom and to top it off Skinner even made the songs used in both of these videos. Give it a second listen because this is the only place you can find these dope new dance tracks. Enjoy and share.

Interview


Timelapse


Event Video




SKINNER IS IN BROOKLYN!


This show just keeps getting better and better. Last night Skinner finished his installation here at Cotton Candy Machine. The boutique looks amazing! The online Pre-sale will go live today from 3 to 5pm EST. Here is a link to the pieces in the show.



Skinner has made 26 new painting for the show and said. "..After this I will not be making as many smaller affordable pieces as I have an urge to really give myself time and space to find a new more dedicated path to increasing my skills as an artist and person..." Don't miss the chance to gab an original from this monstrous artist who's carrier has already influenced a generation.









On top of this massive body of new work Skinner has brought some of is masterful 3D work. Painting custom Masks and Designer Toys has been a creative outlet for Skinner for years now. His ideas and execution get better with every piece completed.




Skinner
The Undermining Satanic Energies of an Incongruent Suburban Sickness


Opening Event
Friday April the 13th
7 to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Online Pre-sale

Friday April the 13th
3 to 5pm EST


See you tonight!
Sean

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! 
Shotgun

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!

Shotgun

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!
Shotgun

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

Pictoplasma NYC Character Walk

Sean Leonard
Tue 10.25.11
JOIN THE CHARACTER WALK
AND DISCOVER EXCITING EXHIBITIONS,
INSTALLATIONS AND ART HAPPENINGS
THROUGHOUT NEW YORK
3 - 6 NOVEMBER 2011





Join us for the closing weekend of our Circus Posterus show as part of the Pictoplasma Character Walk. This is you last chance to see the original drawings and 3D works by Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Travis Louie and Chris Ryniak. Accompanying the Pictoplasma NYC Conference, a line-up of numerous exhibitions and art events spread throughout the city will open up to the general public. As the official exhibition program of the Festival, many of the partnering exhibitions, installations and shows open on Thursday, the 3rd.







We will be open extended hour during the weekend from 12 to 10pm to make it even easier for you to get to the Boutique here in Brooklyn.

Cotton Candy Machine (#15)
235 South 1st St.
Brooklyn, Ny 11211
718-387-3844



There are so many great shows this weekend. Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Bold Hype, Lit Lounge, Jeremyville Salon, Toy Tokyo and Myplasticheart all in Manhattan. Come through Brooklyn and stop by Spoonbill & Sugartown, Factory Fresh, SupaKitch & Koralie Studio and here at Cotton Candy Machine.

Click here for Map




It was Amazing

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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

Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Begley, David Cook,

Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt and

Anthony Pontius

A Shirts and Destroy Event
September 9th to October 9th, 2011

Shirts and Destroy - The Exquisite Corpse from Conduit Media on Vimeo.


Opening Reception Friday September 9th
7 to 11pm

The Cotton Candy Machine presents Shirts and Destroy: "The Exquisite Corpse." Each of these pieces are a collaboration between 3 artists completing a corpse in sections blindly, only using lead-in marks of where the neck would meet the torso and torso to legs. There are 12 Originals in the series. There will be a pre-sale of these pieces on Friday September 9th from 12 noon to 5pm EST here on the website. At 5pm they will be put on hold on the site for the opening reception.




Head: Ryan Begley
Torso: Seldon Hunt
Legs: David Cook



Head: Thomas Hooper
Torso: David Cook
Legs: Anthony Pontius



Head: Daniel Albrigo
Torso: Ryan Begley
Legs: Thomas Hooper



Head: David Cook
Torso: Ryan Begley
Legs: Daniel Albrigo



Head: Seldon Hunt
Torso: David Cook
Legs: Thomas Hooper

We hope to see you tonight! 

Shotgun Sean




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

Rock It To Me Online Release!

Sean Leonard
Thu 08.11.11

We are now Restocked and Ready to Reveal

the Rock poster Reunion Renamed

"Rock It To Me Online Release!!" Rad!


This will be the first time all 6 of the Artist from our "Rock It To Me" show will have prints available online. Many of these prints have been available here at the CCM Boutique for any and all who can make it to Brooklyn. Some of these prints have just come back from SDCC and traveled across the whole country for this reunion. A few just got Signed and a few of these prints just got Sketched on!

Ladies and Gentlemen the "Rock It To Me Online Release."
Featuring

Jermaine Rogers

click here for his page


Leia Bell

Click here to see her page.


The Little Friends of Printmaking

Click here for their page


Jay Ryan

Click here for Jay's page


Micheal Micheal Motorcycle

Click here for MMM's page


and Brian Ewing

Click here for Legion


Bringing Sold Out Prints, Artist Proofs, Artist Sketches, Collaborations, Wood Prints and Foils all in the name of Rock! The few prints left from "Rock It To Me" are finally available online!! But that's not all...

Daniel Danger has joined the Rock Poster Reunion

Click here for Danger!



So now that you know who is involved I should tell you how YOU can join in on the fun.

"Rock It To Me Online Release" will start Tomorrow August 12th at 3pm EST here on TheCottonCandyMachine.com

Click any of the links in this blog to view all of the Prints in this release. There are lots of prints from each artist so make sure to check the ROCKPOSTERS and SILKSCREENS and THE EVENTS on the website.

More to come soon!

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.

Cotton Candy Machine on MTV!

Tara McPherson
Tue 04.19.11
I got asked to do an interview for MTV during our Grand Opening event 'Tiny Trifecta' last week. It was such a great night and it was a great opportunity to speak a little more in depth as to what the Cotton Candy Machine is!

 

Mr. Wiggles goes to find Tara

Sean Leonard
Sat 04.16.11


 

Mr. Wiggles set out one thursday evening to find his favorite person, Tara McPherson.




He was in Williamsburg Brooklyn, as he is quite a bit these days.




Then he got the tweet. "TODAY at Urban Outfitters on 5th Ave in NYC I'm hosting a Kidrobot Munny Sketch event from 6-8pm!!..." from @TaraMcPherson




Down into the subway to catch a train. 




Everyone at the Bedford stop looks like a hipster, even Mr. Wiggles. 




The train was so fast it made him blurry.








Only 29 blocks to go! Heading to Grand Central Station!! 




ooooohhhhhhhhh. 




He was an Up Town Balloon in no time. 




Mr. Wiggles stopped to do his best Billy Joel impression.  



Then carried on to go find Tara.



Inside the Urban Outfitters there was a line of people with Kidrobot toys.



They were waiting to let Tara sketch on each one. 




There was Munny, Bub, Raffy, Trikky, Kracka, Foomi Raffy, and Rooz...



and Magic Love Hello Kitty.  It was a Vinyl Toy Party. 




And in the end he found his good friend and she was happy to see him.

Setting up the Cotton Candy Machine

Tara McPherson
Sun 04.03.11
We have been hard at work here at the Cotton Candy Machine setting up for our Grand Opening event next weekend! Here are some preview shots of what we've been up to!



Here are some badass shelves Sean built all by hisself!







We did some stenciling one one wall.





I painted a big ol rainbow on one other wall.




Here are the shelves sitting in front of them.




Here are some of the pieces we've recieved for the Tiny Trifecta show! So rad!




Sean!

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