Opening Night: Dave Cooper and Troy Nixey at Cotton Candy Machine

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Artists Dave Cooper and Troy Nixey with gallery owners Tara McPherson and Sean Leonard

This past Friday, Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine hosted opening receptions for Dave Cooper (covered back in Hi-Fructose Vol. 1) and Troy Nixey’s first solo shows at the gallery. While both artists’ backgrounds are deeply rooted in comic books, they presented exhibitions that differed both aesthetically and thematically. In Dave Cooper’s new works on paper, the artist draws continued inspiration from the female form. His women are uniquely stylized with exaggerated folds and dimples embellishing every curve of their plump figures. Through their expressive faces, enlivened by toothy grins, his characters have a seemingly insatiable oral fixation as they take a giddy joy in engaging in nefarious activities.

Meanwhile, Troy Nixey’s narrative drawings prod at the preposterousness of Victorian Era ethos. With densely-packed line work that leads the eye through his lively compositions, Nixey’s “Dead Inventors” series depicts fictitious professors caught in extraordinary conundrums. Each is befittingly displayed in a vintage frame along with an attached specimen tag that tells the tale of its character. View the shows online at the Cotton Candy Machine website and check out opening photos after the jump.

Dave Cooper with his Hi-Fructose Collected Edition feature

Dave Cooper detail

Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

Kevin Wison of Sacred Gallery with Dan Alvarado outside of Cotton Candy Machine

Steve Lew

Dave Cooper

Artist Matt Rota with works by Dave Cooper

Troy Nixey with his work

Troy Nixey

Troy Nixey

Troy Nixey

Work by Troy Nixey

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