Wizard Skull & Killer Acid Present Zine Friends

A Zine Fest at The Cotton Candy Machine

Sunday, April 27th


On Sunday, April 27th, we will be hosting an awesome event facilitated by our buddy, the Brooklyn artist Wizard Skull and Killer Acid from 1 - 8 pm. These cool artists have assembled an all-star team of amazing zine-makers, each with their own unique work to offer.

These ten artists have been rocking out hard on the local scene for quite some time and we are excited to have them all here at once! The Zinefriends are:

Lale Westvind
Retard Riot
Heather Benjamin
Lala Albert
Killer Acid
Matt Crabe
Caca Pasa
Alabaster Pizzo
Chris Uphues
WIzard Skull

With such a variety of artists, we can promise there will be something for everyone! Looking at zines is a pretty perfect way to finish off your weekend, so come on by and check it out!

Sean Starwars

May The Fourth Be With You

May 3rd and 4th


Please join us on the weekend of May 3rd - 4th for a free woodcut workshop with outlaw printer extrodanaire Sean Starwars on Saturday the 3rd, and an exhibition opening and comedy show on Sunday the 4th! Sunday there will be a costume contest as well so dress up in your best Starwars Cosplay and May the fourth be with you all!!!

Sean Starwars
lives in a small town in Mississippi with his wife and four kids. He makes a lot of woodcuts and drinks a lot of Mountain Dew. Sean holds his MFA in printmaking from LSU and has just earned a Graphic Design certificate from SCAD. He is proud to be one of the infamous Outlaw Printmakers along with such legends as Tom Huck, Bill Fick, Dennis Mcnett and the rest . Sean likes to make five or six visiting artist trips a year so maybe he will be coming to a school near you!

Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way, and Lori Nelson

May 9th to June 8th, 2014


Jessicka Addams Jessicka Addams Florida-born, Los Angeles-based artist (also known as surname-free Jessicka) has combined her fascination with Goth culture, all things John Waters, religious iconography, and cats, in her current body of work titled, "That which does not kill you.....". Her work provides an exploration of identity, vulnerability, and loss of innocence while maintaining an element of absurdity that lightens the heaviness of her melancholy sculptures and paintings. The self-taught artist is also the founding member and singer of such seminal indie rock bands Jack Off Jill and scarling. She is also the resident curator and researcher at Dark Dark Science. Addams has shown with us in all three of the Tiny Trifecta's and this will be her first time showing a complete body of work in Brooklyn! Jessicka will be also be releasing her first limited edition print, and Scarling's "Who Wants To Die For Art?" Limited edition 7", available on Cotton Candy Pink vinyl exclusively for the Cotton Candy Machine.

Lindsey Way was born in Dunoon, Scotland. She attended Pratt Institute, where she studied fine art and illustration. She then worked as a window display artist throughout New York City and assisted the prolific painter Ron English. Her work has been in CBGB's 32nd Anniversary Art Show, "Hung", and the traveling group show, "Draw". After years as a touring musician with the band Mindless Self Indulgence, she has been inspired by world art culture, and other influences include Mary Blair, Henry Darger and Georges Melies.

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.

Opening Event Friday May 9th
7pm to 11pm


Tiny Trifecta

4th Annual Group Show!

June 14th to July 6th, 2014


Once again Tara McPherson will be curating the Tiny Trifecta!! All of your favorite Cotton Candy Machine artists and more, together for one of the most exciting art shows of the year! These talented artists will create three tiny pieces of $100 art.

Jessicka Addams, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Cory Benhatzel, Heather Benjamin, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Luke Chueh, Ciou, Dave Correia, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d'Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edmiston, Emroca, Brian Ewing, Shepard Fairey, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Erik Foss, Gris Grimly, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Thomas Han, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, Joka, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Ian Kuali'i, Kozyndan, Grace Lang, Henry Lewis, Farron Loathing, Tina Lugo, David Mack, Sean Mahan, Jim Mahfood, Malojo, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Tara McPherson, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Lori Nelson, Saelee Oh, Shaunna Peterson, Anthony Pontius, Matt Ritchie, Greg Rivera, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Russo, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, Jay Ryan, Victoria Salvador, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Skinner, Amy Sol, Allison Sommers, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Amar Stewart, Diana Sudyka, Fefe Talavera, Yosuke Ueno, Jonathan Wayshak, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth and Chet Zar.

In an effort to create a smoother and more efficient experience for everyone, pre-registration to purchase the art will begin at 4pm the day of the opening at Cotton Candy Machine. We will be proceeding in order of those waiting. Limit of 2 pieces of art per person, first come first served. Initial sales are in person only the day of the event, remaining unsold pieces will go online the following week. Thank you!

Opening Event Saturday June 14th
7pm to 11pm
Pre Registration begins at 4pm

CCM x SF

July 11th to August 3rd, 2014.


Cotton Candy Machine and Stranger Factory are teaming up to create a collaborative crossover exhibition, one big awesome event taking place simultaneously both at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, NM and at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY on the same evening. All artworks by each artist will be split up evenly between both galleries, so no matter which location you attend you will experience the exhibition, each with a different perspective.

Glenn Barr, Dilek Baykara, Scott C, Katie Carillo, Karl Deuble, Jeremy Hush, Tim Lee, Tina Lugo, Jeremyville, Kozyndan, Stan Manoukian, Tara McPherson, Phil Noto, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lamour Supreme, Greg Rivera and Chet Zar

Workshops to be held Sunday July 13th! More details to come.

Opening Event Friday July 11th
7 to 11pm


Camilla D'Errico and Hikari Shimoda

October 10th - November 9th


Camilla d'Errico finds joy in angst - in shape and in form, in color and in texture – and in the embodiment of passion. She loves capturing the tension, the drama, and the unrest in people’s faces and showing them a reflection of their own deep seated emotions. It is about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express.

Hikari Shimoda 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.

Opening Event Friday October 10th
7pm - 11pm

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


Charlie Immer and Glenn Barr

December 12th - January 4th


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

Glenn Barr is one of Detroit's most celebrated and successful underground artists. His paintings have appeared in galleries from San Francisco to New York City. Glenn's work has been featured in a variety of comics and graphic novels such as Mad, DC Comics and Paradox Press as well as in a series of self published books called HEEP. Barr's contribution to animation include background styling for The Ren and Stimpy Show, Bjork's I Miss You video and The New Woody Woodpecker Show.

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm


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