DREAMWELL

Tara McPherson
Tue 01.26.16
I am so very excited to announce the Kickstarter project for the new game i have been working on!! It's finally here!

It all started with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on this game with an old friend of mine, Travis Chance, who upon his move back to Indy started a board game design company. Travis and his partner, Nick Little, approached me with a great idea about the Dreamwell, and how they designed it specifically for my art. I thought it was such a super fun idea, as I have always wanted to make a game! Now after all our hard work we finally get to share it with the world.

You can read a short overview about some of the details below or see the full details and lots of videos on the Kickstarter page!




Dreamwell is a 2-4 player competitive game featuring the art of Tara McPherson where players are trying to locate their lost friends in the Dreamwell. The Dreamwell is represented by a 4 x 4 grid of tiles. Each tile shows an environment and a creature, in addition to pathways to neighboring tiles. At the beginning of the game, players will be dealt two cards, each of which shows a picture of the friend whom he or she is trying to locate along with the two creatures and one environment that will be required to find that particular friend.

On your turn, you will be able to take three actions from the following list: move one of your Mr. Wiggles pawns, rotate a tile, draw a card, replace the card display, or locate one of your missing friends by playing a card. Only by carefully navigating the maze-like Dreamwell can you locate your friends and win the game.

I hope you enjoy it, and thank you!!
xo Tara

Buff Monster Signing

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 12.12.15


Buff Monster Stay Melty

Book Signing Book Release

December 12th from 7 to 8pm


Join us for the very first book signing for the brand new book from Buff Monster Stay Melty! 
An inveterate traveler, painter of walls and canvases alike, sculptor of deranged toys and a fan of the color pink, the enigmatic artist Buff Monster surprises and amuses in all mediums. In his latest monograph, Stay Melty, Buff collects his works in progress, paintings, murals, posters, stickers, Melty Misfits trading cards and toys. As it’s hard to keep up with this energetic artist’s output, fans will be grateful to find much of his recent work in one compact volume. Buff Monster grew up in Hawaii, lived and worked in Los Angeles and currently resides in New York City.

Buff Monster

Buff Monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. Buff Monster’s creative endeavors began by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and in far-away places. His frequent poster missions developed into a productive street art career, and he now works on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create his images as flat as possible, and his work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations. Buff Monster has released numerous signature vinyl toys through MINDstyle, and has many other projects in the works with leading toy companies. His art has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Paper, Nylon, Cool Hunting, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times, and many more. Buff Monster works tirelessly day and night to spread happiness, joy and a love of pink.

Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com if you are interested in ordering a book!
Book Signing Saturday December 12th 7 to 8pm
Buff's other book Life is Sweet
Buff's Website
buffmonster.com

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional Show

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 12.12.15

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional

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


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



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



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


Artists featured in the show:

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





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

Happy Printsgiving!

Grace Lang
Fri 11.27.15
Most people like to call today, the day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday." For us at CCM, it will forever be PRINTSGIVING! Once a year, we bring out all the out of edition prints we've got filed away, giving them another chance to find loving homes. If you are in the neighborhood, come visit us and check out some super sweet (and affordable!) prints from Tara and some of your other favorite artists! Printgiving is also an extra special time to come into the shop or order online, as every customer gets a free large lithograph! If you are ordering online, make sure to use promo code Printsgiving to receieve 15% off your entire order!


A Tiny Universe Created With Every Teardrop
by Tara McPherson
19" x 16"
Signed


We'd also like to take this opportunity to remind everybody that we've only got a few weeks left at 235 South 1st Street and we'd love to see all our friends before we go! We will be here until Christmas Eve, so that means we will be here to satisfy all your holiday gift needs. Our final opening will be on the evening of December 11th, so please join us in celebrating the amazing community of artists we've been lucky enough to know. From all of us, thank you so much to the collectors, fans and artists that have made the past four years such a blast. We will miss our space in Williamsburg, but are looking forward to the next chapter. Stay tuned for updates about the future of CCM. But for now... get your PRINTSGIVING on!

Junko Mizuno Triad Show

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



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



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


The Art Knight Episodes 6 and 7!

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

Watch Episode 6 - The Art News!



Covered in Episode 6 Part 1:

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

Watch Episode 6 - Interview with Ramiro Davaro-Comas



In Episode 6 Part 2:

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

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

Watch Episode 7 - The Art News!



Covered in Episode 7 Part 1:

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

Watch Episode 7 - Juxtpoz Times Square Newstand



In Episode 7 Part 2:

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

Filmed at Juxtapoz T.sq Newsstand

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

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

Upcoming Events at CCM!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 10.03.15

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Opening Event Saturday October 24th 7pm to 11pm


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

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

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

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

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


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

Junko Mizuno
November 13th to November 29th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art Knight Episodes 3 through 5!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 09.26.15


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

Check out the show on Youtube!


Covered in episode 3:

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


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


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


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


Tara's Summer Update

Tara McPherson
Sat 09.26.15

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

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

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

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

xo Tara

Faith No More / Refused


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


18" x 24"
4 Color Silkscreen

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


Purchase details here at Secret Serpents.

Lightning Bolts In My Chest


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

Created, exhibited, and printed in New York City!


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




Purchase details here.









I Know It By Heart

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

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

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


Stuff

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

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

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

xo Tara

Brian Sparrow: Underworlds

Grace Lang
Fri 09.18.15


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



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




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














Opening Event Saturday September 19th
7 to 11pm

The Art Knight! The Art News!

Grace Lang
Fri 08.28.15


As many Cotton Candy Machine followers know, Sean Leonard loves to talk about art. And he’s darn good at it too! Actively seeking exciting shows and events around the world, Sean is the perfect tour guide for those interested in contemporary art, whether that means you are a creator, a collector or a fan. Cotton Candy Machine has been an incredible platform for Sean to promote and celebrate art, but now it’s time to take things global! It’s time for the Art News! Dubbed the “Art Knight” back in 2013 (a well deserved title, earned after chasing down an art thief and truly saving the day) Sean promises to explore all avenues of the contemporary art scene. He’ll be reporting on shows, interviewing artists, visiting studios and celebrating artistic milestones of the people who inspire us all. For years, foodies have had Anthony Bourdain. Now us art lovers finally have our very own Art Knight!

Check out the Art News on Youtube!

We released Episode 2 this week and are already preparing episode 3! Covering a ton of awesome shows with his usual charisma, Sean lets us know what is happening on both coasts and even invites us to check out Banksy's "Dismaland," arguably one of the most exciting large-scale art projects ever.

Covered in Episode 2:
Last Rites Gallery Presents Transfigure, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY.
Mishka Brooklyn Presents Grace Lang, Mishka 350 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
DEVOLUTION, Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA.
Dan Quintana "Diffused", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Alexandra Manukyan "Oracle of Extinction", Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
SUMMER SOIRÉE Group Show, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Nick Gazin "Demented Brain In Constant Pain", Mishka LA, Los Angeles, CA
Art The Jewels: Run The Jewels and Nick Gazin Tribute Show, San Francisco/Los Angeles, CA.
Banksy "Dismaland" Theme Park, Weston-super-Mare, England


In case you missed the first episode, we've got it right here for you! Filmed in two segments, Episode 1 features the news and an awesome studio visit with our friend, Dima! The first segment is chock full of information on some really exciting art shows happening all over the country! Even if you follow the galleries and blogs mentioned, this episode is bound to show you someone new.

Watch the first segment!



We decided to film the first episode just in time to celebrate our current show, "VISION QUEST!" by Dima Drjuchin with a studio visit and interview. Diving into his career as a fine artist, an illustrator and a musician, Dima talks a bit about the process behind creating a solo show, as well as much much more!

Covered in Episode 1:
Dima Drjuchin "Vision Quest", Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY.
"Infra:REAL" Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY.
"Bad Dads" Wes Anderson Tribute Show, Spoke Arts at Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY
FAILE "Savage/Sacred Young Minds", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Erika Sanada "Fighting Spirit", Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Jessica Hess "More is More", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Deedee Cheriel "Natural Resource", KP Projects/Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Brandt Peters & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore "Candy Gore", Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM.
"Invisible Collage" curated by ThinkSpace Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, IN.

Watch the studio visit!



If you like what Sean is doing, we encourage you to follow the page, check us out on social media and share with all your friends! We are so excited about this new venture and hope you all are too!

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Subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Dima Drjuchin: VISION QUEST!

Greg Barris
Fri 08.07.15


Dima Drjuchin's art is alive and constantly evolving, it is a separate reality from our own. His new show 'VISION QUEST!' is more personal than in the past, while his previous pieces were steeped in pure fantasy, in his new work Drjuchin has drawn himself into multiple pieces at varies ages as well as imagery of his wife Jeanette Converse and dog Glitter.



Drjuchin's multi disciplined life is also reflected in references to music and cassette technology hinting at his simultaneous work recording a new 4 track analog album. "I used to record myself on a 4 track as a kid, so I think it also ties into affection towards my childhood and discovering music inside and outside of myself by becoming a musician." His album and show both use the moniker 'VISION QUEST!' which is a reference to Drjuchin's use of music and art as a form of meditation and a journey inward. These paintings seem more contemplative, all the works being based on drawings from Drjuchin's sketchbook and planned on wood panels with pencil before hand, "which i've never really done before, I find the results are a lot better. I can work and rework shapes until they are right, it's almost shameful that it took me this long to do this."



This is a Vision Quest in a true sense, an experiment in ritual and solitude in search of a new reality and to invoke a vision from a guardian spirit, which in this case is Dima himself in different stages and forms as well as the Cosmic Serpent which can be seen in old and new art by Drjuchin. The serpent literally representing change, transformation and ultimately duality. Treat yourself to a Vision Quest of your own and see this show at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn NY.



Dima lives and works in Brookyn NY. This is his fifth solo show, his first with The Cotton Candy Machine. Please join us at the opening reception on August 14th at 7pm-11pm. Special after party performance of songs from Vision Quest! at the Tiger Lounge right around the corner at 11!



The Tiger Lounge is located at 272 Grand Street. Just follow the stares down by the Midway Bar.

Opening Event Friday August 14th
7 to 11pm

Glenn Barr: Pit of the Id

Grace Lang
Fri 07.10.15
On the evening of July 17th, we are welcoming back the Detroit-based master painter, Glenn Barr for his second solo show, "Pit of the Id," at Cotton Candy Machine! It has been almost three years since Glenn’s first solo show with us and we are eager to have his work on our walls again.



That show, “Detroit Rooms,” which opened in September 2012, was an enormous success, featuring over 20 original paintings, drawings and prints. This new show, too, will spotlight a variety of Glenn’s smaller works, although we can promise at least one large centerpiece to enthrall and mesmerize his many fans. While Glenn’s work is always very clearly his own, due in part to his hazy color palette and the almost seductive nature of his often isolated figures, he manages to explore many realms of imagery without ever leaving the universe he has created for himself. For this show, Glenn invites us to view his playful side through some re-imaginings of beloved characters like Judy Jetson and Wilma Flinstone. Painted in his softly gritty style, these ladies appear in moments of solitude, skin exposed and peering out through magnetic eyes. Simply the choice to pull inspiration from these particular retro vixens feels entirely in line with Glenn’s vision. Like many of the elements in his work, they are relics of America’s not-too-distant past; a vision of feminine beauty that spans all the way from the stones of Bedrock to the depths of outer space.



In addition to working from some new inspiration, Glenn is also continuing to explore familiar icons, such as bombs, missiles and other old-school instruments of destruction. Combined with his futuristic vehicles and chrome-clad ladies, these references to wars past push Glenn's work into a beautifully post-apocalyptic universe that transcends the confines of a single period in time.







We are also thrilled that Glenn will be including his stunning masterpiece, "Athena's Lament," originally created for the "Juxtapoz: 20 Years Under the Influence" art show last February. Measuring 31.5 x 22 inches, this large painting has a little bit of everything that we've come to expect in Glenn's work.



Be sure to follow Glenn on instagram to see all the works in progress. If you see something you like, let us know! Contact info@thecottoncandymachine.com for presale info and we hope to see you all at the opening!

Opening Event Friday July 17th
7pm to 11pm


 


One our favorite artists, Skinner, has collaborated with Shane Mortan and Video Rahim to make a video for Mastodon's new song "Asleep in the Deep". In this video we see a cat go on an amazing psychadelic adventure exhibiting beautiful visuals done by the artists. Click here and check out the video! 

Also, if you want to see more of Skinner, go to his page here and you can pick up one of his originals or prints that we have here at The Cotton Candy Machine!

 

Right now, Tara, Sean and Ronan are probably throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain. Yes, they are in Rome! Tara had her first solo show, "I Know It By Heart," open on June 11th at the Dorothy Circus Gallery and we couldn't be more excited! Tara McPherson was first introduced to the Italian audience by Dorothy Circus Gallery in 2009, during the “Inside Nostalghia” group show, made in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Tara McPherson has been more recently exhibited in Italy in 2013 for “Lacrima Aquarium”: an institutional group exhibition curated by Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery), which exhibited works by 33 international artists, inspired by the theme of Water, in the charming and exclusive location of the “Acquario Romano”. Now, back again, she is having her own show and exhibiting works that demonstrate her unbelievable talent and vision. 





From Tara, "When I was creating this painting I was thinking about particle physics and string theory, how these tiny subatomic particles are theorized to dance and not truly exist in one location. As well as the power we have with our thoughts and vision, I think it’s a fun idea to create a physical manifestation of thought… literally something coming out of one’s body, head or eyes. I tried to create a woman who was the goddess of sorts for this idea...







...The paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.”





Tara's solo show has also been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz among many more. Hi-Fructose comments, "With every new body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery, “I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery – portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for the artist." - Caro


Along with having an incredible exhibition, Tara was able to meet up with friend and renowned artist, Joe Sorren, who traveled from Florence to see Tara's show. 

















We are also so excited to see Tara paint her first mural! Her theme is water and it is part of a city wide mural project called Spray For Your Rights to promote social activism. 



It sounds like the trip has been a success and I think Ronan would agree! Complimenti, Tara!

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



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

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




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



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



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



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



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






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



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



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



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




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





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

Daniel Danger: Back in Brooklyn

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

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

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

Here are the base screenprints before embellishment!



And here are two versions of the hand embellishment possibilities!

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

Opening Event Friday June 5th
7 to 11pm

Runs Saturday June 6th & Sunday June 7th

Mad Max: Fury Road Inspired Artists

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



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

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



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



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

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




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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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Lauren YS: Devil's Jelly

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


The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
By Lauren YS



Devil's Knots
By Lauren YS


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




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

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



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



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


Feed Your Head So It Can Feed You
By Lauren YS


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


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



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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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



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


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






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




















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

Opening Event Saturday April 18th
7pm to 11pm








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

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

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

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




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



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


Cosmos

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



Backdoor Pussycat

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

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


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

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




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




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



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



Maggie and Ricardo

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



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



What Came in the Night

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


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



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



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


Four Stages of "Residence"

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


Six Stages of "Break (3)"



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

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


"Momentary" is one of the few remaining pieces!

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


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



"Frost" is still up for grabs!

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

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




Joe Sorren: Momentary

Grace Lang
Fri 02.27.15

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

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



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

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




Interruption by Joe Sorren

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



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



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









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



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

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

Babes in Deathland

Grace Lang
Fri 02.20.15

Babes in Deathland

Opening Event Saturday February 21st
7pm to 11pm


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










We've got a story for you!







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



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

 

 

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



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





Some of Chris's eye-catching street art.




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



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

February Fun!

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



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


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



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



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

Dima Drjuchin's Paperbot Book Signing and Building Party!

Saturday, February 7th



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

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

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


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







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

Chris Uphues: Small Gift

Friday, February 13th


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











Grace Lang: Babes in Deathland

Saturday, February 21st



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



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






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





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



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



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



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


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





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

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







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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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



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


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

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

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



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

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







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







Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm


Sweet Releases from Grace Lang

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

SHHHH 1" Enamel Pin



Gobble Gobble Embroidered Patch
2.5 x 4 Inches




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

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

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

Internet Friends by Lori Nelson

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


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



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





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



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


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

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



Credere Volo (I Want to Believe Series): Beatito

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




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

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

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



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


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

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



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

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



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


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

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



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

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


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


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

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





2014 Fall & Winter Event Calendar

Chloe Thomas
Thu 10.16.14

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Screens 'N' Spokes

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

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

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

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

Opening Event Saturday October 18th

7pm - 11pm


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The Fairy Queen

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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

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

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

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

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Re-Animator by Wizard Skull

November 8th - November 20th

Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn. The images he has created are constantly going viral and spreading across the world, from street vendors bootlegging his art in Bangkok to sell it on tee's, to junior high kids in the Midwest using it for their band flyers. You can see more of his work at his website or follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

"Re-Animator" Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe. Wizard Skull got his hands on the actual animation cels used to create cartoons such as The Smurfs, He-Man, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more. Now he is adding his own unique twist to these cels, putting in new characters and bringing them back to life with an entire new meaning.


Opening Event Saturday November 8th
7pm to 11pm


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Arik Roper and Skinner

November 14th - December 7th

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

Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, bizarre and antagonistic installations while maintaining a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. Skinner has and continues to bring his own very specific weird art to anywhere in the world that can handle it. Skinner’s work has been celebrated in various publications including Blisss, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose and Beautiful/Decay as well as numerous European publications.

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm


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Apocrypha by Lucas Ruggeri

November 22nd - December 6th

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

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

Opening Event Saturday November 22nd
7pm to 11pm

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Fuck You I'm Batman by Dima Drjuchin

December 13th - December 30th

Dimitri (Dima) Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.
You can also follow Dima's body of work on his Tumblr and Twitter.

Opening Event Saturday December 13th
7pm to 11pm


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Charlie Immer & Paul Pope

December 12th - January 4th, 2014

Charlie Immer is a fine artist and an illustrator. His work has been shown across the nation and has appeared in HiFructose Magazine. Charlie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Paul Pope is a cartoonist living and working in New York City. His work combines the precision and romance of the European artists he studies with the energy and page design of the manga tradition. Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer. He has been working primarily in comics since the early '90s, creating amazing award winning comics such as 100%, Heavy Liquid, and Batman: Year 100.

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Fun Stuff this Week at CCM!

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

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


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

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





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


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

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

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





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

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

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




Niji Bambini by Camilla d'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

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

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


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Camilla d'Errico

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

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

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

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Hikari Shimoda

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

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

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

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New York Comic Con Booth #203

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Prints by Tara McPherson

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


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

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

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

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"The Wanderers" by Tara McPherson Video Time-lapse

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

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

Order "The Wanderers" limited edition print here!

See "The Wanderers" Time-lapse here!

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


Photo from Sweet Streets LA

Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga. There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view.

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




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


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



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

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






Photos from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

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


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

How has it been being featured all around the world?

Every experience is brand-new.


Photo from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

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


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

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


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: 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!

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!
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.)
 

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!

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

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

Purchase Info Here!



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

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

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




Tara McPherson Gig Posters

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

Click Here to Check Out All Our Rock Posters!!

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



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

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


Purchase Info Here!

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



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

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


Purchase Info Here!

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



NYCC 2013 Success

Sean Leonard
Thu 10.17.13

 Thank you NYCC!!

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





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





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

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

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

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

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

Thanks again! 
Sean




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


Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme

Sean Leonard
Wed 04.10.13

Number Of The Beast



Continuing on their world wide rampage Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme are preparing a show with powers from the dark side with Number Of The Beast. Please join us for the opening reception of Cotton Candy Machine's second anniversary event, with Buff Monster and L'Amour Supreme! This collaborative two man show will feature original paintings, drawings, inkings, custom toys, as well as a new silkscreen print and t-Shirt.



Buff Monster made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles. His work is characterized by happy characters living in brightly-colored bubbly landscapes. Along with meticulously executed paintings, he has created a wide range of merchandise ranging from prints and stickers, to vinyl toys and plush. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide, and published by Juxtapoz, Nylon, Cool Hunting, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and many more. After 15 years living and working in Hollywood, he has recently moved to Brooklyn.



L'Amour Supreme's influences range from street cultures of New York City, hip hop, hardcore and punk music all the way to 80’s and 90’s pop culture. He has travelled the world showcasing his work and live painting in places like Tokyo, Stockholm, Berlin and cities across the US. His background in architectural design has given him the ability to conceive his art in 3D not limited to 2D design. He has designed products ranging from custom furniture, jewelry, cars and footwear including many projects with Mishka. L'Amour Supreme would like to keep pushing the boundaries of how ordinary objects are perceived and always blending aesthetic form with function.



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

Drinks Sponsored by Sailor Jerry and Pabst Blue Ribbon!

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

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


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

Rebuilding From A Fire

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


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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



Lone Sweet Home by Esao Andrews will finally be released! Esao is such an amazing man. He is an inspiration in making people happy. Here he is at an opening happy as hell to have given this collector a new piece of art. Moments like this are priceless.

One day at the Cotton Candy Machine, Esao showed up with this 2 color screen print called "Lone Sweet Home". He said he was moving to LA and he didn't want to take them out west. So we talked about doing a release with them through the CCM web store. To make this reverse going away present even better he also dropped off a few old and sold out giclees and this Circa Survive Rock poster too. It was a wonderful surprise and we couldn't be happier to release a few old gems that you wont have to fight over on Ebay. Of course in regular amazing man fashion Esao did a little sketch on each of the rock posters as we sat and talked about LA and what the future holds. I am going to miss having Esao around the Boutique so much, but I am super proud of him for making this giant leap for his art work and his personal life. Moving across country can be a huge source of inspiration. Can't wait to see what is next!

We love you Esao Andrews! Thank you for the going away prints! Kick ass in LA for us!

"I have a silkscreen of a girl reading a book on a boat available at my friend Tara McPherson store, Cotton Candy Machine." -Esao Andrews

And here are the releases.



"Lone Sweet Home"
by Esao Andrews.
16" x 22" 2-color Screenprint.
Signed. $40

Click here to purchase Lone Sweet Home print





"Lone Sweet Home"
by Esao Andrews.
16" x 22" 2-color Screenprint.
Tan Paper Variant
Signed SOLD OUT

Click here to purchase Lone Sweet Home variant




'Solid Void'
By Esao Andrews
20" x 16" Giclee
Signed and Numbered
edition size of 80
SOLD OUT

Click here to purchase Solid Void print



Desert Beacon
by Esao Andrews
16" x 16" Giclee
Signed and Numbered
Edition of 80
SOLD OUT 

Click here to purchase Desert Beacon print





Meigh
by Esao Andrews
12" x 14" Giclee
Signed and Numbered
Edition of 40
SOLD OUT 

Click here to purchase Meigh print




Circa Survive
at Irving Plaza
by Esao Andrews
Screen Print
18" x 24"
Artist Proof
SOLD OUT 

*Special sketch on each print!

Click here to purchase Circa Survive rock poster



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


Click here to purchase this Print

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks

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

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

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

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



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



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


New Shirts by Tara McPherson

Sean Leonard
Sun 08.26.12

Now available online!!

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


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



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


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

Free Lithos and Stickers

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


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


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

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

Talk to you soon.
Sean

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



We are pleased to announce the release of a beautiful new Giclee by Tara McPherson. Created for her solo show Bunny In the Moon at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, the original painting is oil on linen, stretched over panel and measures 60 x 48 inches. This painting depicts two pale elegant girls with a playful looking Kappa driving an Elephant. The Kappa is positioned as the mahout and refilling his head with a spray from his giant friend. The isolation provided by the natural spring pillar lends to a sense of peace and seclusion. The sky is full with a familiar view of space, one moon and a handful of stars. This little gang has nothing to fear in the "Safety of Water"






Taken from Tara's largest painting to date, we at Cotton Candy Machine are publishing our largest print to date with this gorgeous oversize giclee.

Safety of Water
by Tara McPherson
$100

20" x 26" image size
24" x 30" paper size
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper
Printed with Archival Inks


This will go on sale on Tuesday March 13th at 3pm EST (Noon PST).

Click here to preview Safety of Water

Have a good one!
Shotgun

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



Vinyl on Vinyl 2 Year Anniversary!

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







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




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





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





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



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







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



Singapore is hot enought to melt Superman.

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



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


CCM Pop up in Singapore with

Darkroom Army! 




Darkroom Army X Tara Mcpherson from darkroomarmy on Vimeo.



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










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



Darkroom Army also had Tara kick off their Lecture series.



 

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


FLAPSLAP!



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




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

Cambodia



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




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


















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



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

See you at the Boutique.
Sean

Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Sean Leonard
Sun 02.12.12
Saturday Feburary 4th was the opening of a powerful 4 woman show with new works by Tara McPherson, Aiko, Lindsey Way and Deedee Cheriel.



Merry, Tara, Aiko, Deedee and Linsey




Deedee Cheriel




Tara with Lindsey Way




Tara and Aiko





Tara and I



LIndsey Way (left), Nathan Hamill and Holly (right)



Kathy (left), Guy and Grant (right)





Holly and Jon Schnepp



Young fan and Tara's Swatch Watch (left), Lola and her lovely daughter (right)



Brandi Milne and Tara





Tara, Terri, Donna, Simon, Farron and Jonathan





Curtis and his new fiance with Tara (right)



Buff Monster and Tara





Tara and Natalia Fabia



Luke Chueh and Tara



Tomi Monstre and Tara



The Cherry Bombs and Tara (left), Davey Havok and Tara (right)



Naheed, Tomi, Jon, Shannon and Tara (left), Tara with Matthew and Shannon Currie Holmes



If you would like to see the show or have any questions about the show contact the MK Gallery

MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.933.4408
info@mkgallery.com


It was so nice seeing all of you in LA! Now come visit us in Brooklyn!

See you at the Boutique
Sean

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

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

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




Somewhere Under the Rainbow Turquoise
by Tara McPherson SOLD OUT

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




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



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



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



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


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


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

orders@thecottoncandymachine.com

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


Talk to you soon!
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

Hopefully it is not too cold out tomorrow.



Our Friend and head of Zerofriends, Alex Pardee is in town from the Bay Area of San Francisco and he has been busy with Chloe Rice putting together a Zine and they did it in just 24 hours. It is so freezing out they decided to put together a Zine and give it away for free, because It's FUCKING FREEZINE!



Alex Pardee and Chloe Rice will be posted up in front of the Cotton Candy Machine tomorrow, Thursday December 22nd from 12pm to 2pm giving away copies of their band new FREEZINE! This is a rare opportunity to meet one of my favorite artist Alex and his partner in crime Chloe and to top it off you get to snag this super limited Zine. It was made in New York and will be given away here too. Just hours after the Zine was finished and put together they will be on the sidewalk ready to share it with the first people who show up. There are only 100 copies printed and they have every intention to give them all away for Free.





In addition to the FREEZINE they will be giving away, Cotton Candy Machine is packed full of Alex's own line of Zerofriends Shirts, Prints, Books and his older Zines! The previous Zine release from Alex Pardee was a collaboration with SKINNER where they took on their alter egos as The Butcher Kings and used it as a chance to Butcher their childhood memories. I can't wait to see what Alex and Chloe have pulled together for this newest release. 

I hope you can make it by tomorrow!

Alex Pardee and Chloe Rice present
It's Fucking Free Zine
Thursday December 22nd
12 noon to 2pm
Giving away their new Zine

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

Talk to you soon!
Shotgun

Original Drawings by Tara McPherson

Sean Leonard
Sat 12.17.11

Holiday Group Show and New Prints

Sean Leonard
Fri 12.02.11

Paul Pope, Esao Andrews, Travis Louie, 

Jeremy Hush, Tara McPherson


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

Travis Louie



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


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



Travis Louie signing Claire and her forest Schnook prints.




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


Esao Andrews



Red Portrait

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




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

Paul Pope



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


Paul Pope signing Profile prints. 


Jeremy Hush




The Primrose Path
by Jeremy Hush
$75.00

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




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


Tara McPherson



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





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


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

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





Have a Happy Holidays from the Cotton Candy Machine! 

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

orders@thecottoncandymachine.com

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

Phone/Fax 718.387.3844
www.thecottoncandymachine.com

Shotgun

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

It was Amazing

I

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


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


Scott C. sketching away in his new books! 


Mummy, Me and Scott C. 






Mummy and I fell in love kinda.


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

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

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

Talk to you all soon!
Shotgun

THERE WILL BE BLACK!



Well there is already a lot of buzz around the new "Lilitu" by Tara McPherson and Kidrobot Black. Only a few images have hit the web and Kidrobot has kept it well under wraps. The silhouette was release on the KR Black website with all the specs and announcing that it is COMING SOON!

LILITU
BY TARA MCPHERSON

$250

8-INCH VINYL
EDITION OF 200
There is no hiding. A succubus walks. Lilitu. Sexually charged, violently destructive, A Sumerian myth, a demon to be feared. To love and to kill without remorse, one man at a time.

The unsuspecting only see the near-perfect human likeness – enticing eyes, supple mouth, lithe body - little noticed are the breasts of dripping poison and malicious intent.

Emerging from the cool, smoky depths, fresh from one kill, looking for the next, Lilitu is poised to allure. Calculated stance, intimately glossy, designed for desire – come nefarious courtesan.

Who can resist?

Intended for ages 18+ for its mature content. Should not be purchased by minors.


Clutter Magazine posted this Nip Slip just last Thursday... On another funny note..There have been a few photos floating around from when Tara spoke at OFFF 2010 design conference in Paris. During her presentation she was showing vinyl pieces she had designed. She had just finished the turnaround illustrations of Lilitu so she slipped them in too. Well some of the 3,000 attendees had cameras I guess because pictures of it showed up on the web.






So it's been over a year since these pics first leaked and the word started to spread about the collaboration. Now the wait is almost over. We just got a few of the finished pieces here at Cotton Candy Machine and they are amazing. As much as I'd love to post photos of her sexy ass..... I can't just yet. COME VISIT If you would like to get a sneak peak of Lilitu we have one on display here at the Boutique.


This is the painting that started the idea for the vinyl piece.
Lilitu by Tara McPherson
Oil on Linen
18" x 24"
2010

prints available from ZEROFRIENDS



Here are the pieces designed by Jeff Soto, SSUR, Gary Baseman and Dose Green for Kidrobot Black.  These past releases are SOLD OUT now so if you didn't get your hands on one yet you might have missed your chance. All of the KR Black release have been super limited edition of 200 pieces or less. 

I'll help keep you posted about the release date.

Shotgun Sean



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.

Daniel Danger x CCM Exclusives

Sean Leonard
Sun 07.31.11

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

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


i never had a plan for you - Blue Color Way

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

Blue Edition of 120
7LOTB
24" x 36"

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

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

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

3 Brand new Silkscreen Art Prints by Daniel Danger.


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

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

Pink edition of 40
7LOTB
24" x 36"


i had troubles - Cyclone - CCM Exclusive Pink Color Way

"i had troubles yesterday i have not today"

Pink Edition of 40
7LOTB
24" x 36"


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

"i never had a plan for you"

Red Edition of 30
7LOTB
24" x 36"

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

Talk to you soon
Shotgun Sean

San Diego Comic Con 2011

Sean Leonard
Sun 07.31.11

One more SDCC has come and gone...



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


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


FLASH BACK: ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2010


ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2011 not much has changed….


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




SKELETON HEART

Fine Jersey Mens Tee
$29.99

GEORGE'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Sheer Jersey Womens Tee
$29.99


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


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


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


We have been here before....


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


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


Gizmo in the house!


Shirts I have never seen. Thank you loyal friends


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


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


Josh from Clutter and I getting high.


John Stokes of Spanky Stokes helped to present a DTA. 


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


Tara and I.


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


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


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


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





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


I went through security...

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


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

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



San Diego Comic Con Releases!

Tara McPherson
Tue 07.19.11
Oh my it's time for Comic Con againnnnn!!!!! We came out to California a week early to print some new shirts for super duper special SDCC releases. And they turned out badass I have to say. So come by the booth and visit us! My schedule is below of where I'll be and what I'll be doing...

BOOTH 4922

My Signing Schedule-

WED- My Booth 6-9pm
THURS- Dark Horse Booth 11am-Noon, My Booth 4-6pm
FRI- Color Ink Booth 1-2pm, My Booth 4-6pm
SAT- My Booth 12-1pm, Hi-Fructose Booth 2-3pm, Vinyl Frontier Panel 4.30-5.30pm, My booth 6-7pm
SUN- My Booth 2-5pm



SKELETON HEART
Sheer Jersey Womens Tee
$29.99





SKELETON HEART
Fine Jersey Mens Tee
$29.99





GEORGE'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Sheer Jersey Womens Tee
$29.99





GEORGE'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Fine Jersey Mens Tee
$29.99




This just in! ALEX PARDEE, our next event here at Cotton Candy Machine, will be giving away a hand painted version of his brand new book AWFUL RESILIENT that's not event out yet! That means one of you lucky people attending can have it a whole month early!



BUT THAT'S NOT IT! Through Zerofriends, his art collective, Alex will be releasing a new super limited art print, just specially made for his Cotton Candy Machine event!




And there's even more cool stuff you can read about right here on Alex's blog... like new Zerofriends shirt releases and Dave Correia prints!

So don't miss it kids! This Friday May 6th from 7 to 11pm at the Cotton Candy Machine!!

Turn me on!!

Sean Leonard
Mon 05.02.11
The Loyal Subjects brings Tara McPherson’s art to your everyday life with her new ‘Searching for Penguins’ light switch cover. Her art blending frolicking fantasy and ferocious fauna is from McPherson’s original painting which was shown last year at Jonathan Levine Gallery. Hopefully we'll have them in the store super soon! But the switch covers are available right now from theloyalsubjects.com for $14.

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