Coming of Age & No Place to Hide
Lori Nelson is a Utahn living in New York City going on ten years now. She paints in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and maneuvers her bike through the cobblestone streets, under and around the cathedral bases of the massive Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Lori loves to stand on the edge of the East River to see what has been hauled up out of the giant old garbage dump deep under the grey ribbon of water; one hundred year old china shards, rounded off factory bricks, chickenwire glass....New Yorkers of yestercentury, she is examining your refuse. In her work she strives to take ownership of the human narrative, but not too much so. Lori thinks of paintings almost as film-stills from really good and horrible movies that a lot of people feel strongly about for various reasons. Sometimes linking these stills up to create a larger narrative. The human story, with its layers of garbage, is her favorite read, certainly, and possibly her favorite movie.
Lori first showed with us as part of the Third Annual Tiny Trifecta in 2013. Since then, she has been in the Fourth and Fifth Tiny Trifecta group shows, as well as three woman show, "That Which Does Not Kill You" in March 2014 with Jessicka Addams and Lindsey Way, as well as small project show, "Internet Friends," in November 2014. This body of work, titled "Coming of Age," continues to explore themes of nature, technology and imagination, all with a sense of story-book nostalgia.
German artist Moki works in different styles and techniques including surreal paintings, comics, animation, toys and performance art. Her acrylic paintings are inspired by Japanese anime of Hayao Miyazaki as well as beautiful and mossy Northern landscapes. Moki Mioke states: "Nature itself is an art, and it is the most beautiful thing that can be created." - Ignant.com
Moki has been part of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Annual Tiny Trifecta group shows and her work has always sold fast! This will be her first solo show with us! This show, titled "No Place to Hide," will feature original paintings and will run in conjunction with Moki's "Shelter" book release!
Opening Event Friday September 11th
7 to 11pm
"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
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 Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has show with us in all five of the Tiny Trifectas and with David M. Cook in March 2014. We can't wait to have her back!
Opening Event Friday November 13th
7 to 11pm
2nd Biennial Group Show!
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 will 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 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 a physical store-front. If you’ve ever wanted to show with us, this is your chance!
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 4th 7 to 11pm