Brooklyn based artist Lori Nelson and German artist Moki Mioke, who goes by “Moki”, illustrate different ideas of ‘strangeness’ in their art. For Nelson, this is embodied by her characters’ physical appearance, while Moki finds it in her surroundings. The two artists will exhibit together at the Cotton Candy Machine gallery in Brooklyn on September 11th. For her exhibition titled “Coming of Age”, Lori Nelson expands on her cast of young monster-movie inspired subjects covered in hair and scales. Like one of horror’s most famous characters, the monster of Frankenstein, Nelson’s are also perpetually misunderstood.
Celebrating its fifth annual installment on Saturday is Cotton Candy Machine’s highly popular “Tiny Trifecta” group show (previously covered here). It’s so popular, in fact, that the gallery has had to devise a registration system for its fans. Owing to the exhibit’s demand is its concept of offering unbelievably affordable art from otherwise unattainable artists for young collectors – every piece in the show is $100. Many past contributors have returned to join newcomers to the gallery, making the show a fresh mix of illustrative styles and mediums. This year’s grouping features several who have graced Hi-Fructose pages and blog, including Esao Andrews, Deedee Cheriel, Ciou, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Mab Graves, Natalia Fabia, Eric Fortune, Kelly Denato, Beau Stanton, Erik Jones, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Travis Louie, Lola, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Amy Sol, Skinner, Diana Sudyka, Yoskay Yamamoto, and Yoh Nagao.
Lauren YS’ studio is located in a sprawling Oakland co-op that once housed an architecture office. The gigantic drafting tables its original tenants left behind proved to be useful while she worked on her new body of work for her solo show, “Devil’s Jelly,” opening at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn on April 18. Her surreal drawings and paintings feature shape-shifting female characters that seem to embody the artist’s various dreams — as well as fears and anxieties. YS interjects punches of striking neon colors that match her work’s bold attitude. Today, we take a look behind the scenes of “Devil’s Jelly” before her work travels to New York.
Bunnycutlet started out as a brick-and-mortar art gallery. Though it closed its doors indefinitely last year, the project lives on in the form of a traveling curatorial platform. Liz Artinian, the brains of the operation, is putting together the group show “Bunnycutlet Presents” at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn. The show opens January 16 and features new, surreal, illustration-inspired work by Ryan Heshka, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, Kelly Denato, Ian Ferguson, Christy Karacas, Kristen Liu Wong, and Joohee Park. Check out a few sneak peeks below.
Slimy skeletons find themselves captive in dark dungeons in Charlie Immer’s latest drawings and paintings. The artist (featured in HF Vol. 11) renders sinewy textures and jelly-like consistencies to make his viewers squirm. Immer currently has a show with Paul Pope on view at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn through January 4. The exhibition features several new dark yet fluorescent paintings as well as a rare look at his drawings on paper.
Those unfazed by blood, guts and slime will enjoy Arik Roper and Skinner’s two-man show, “New Maps of the Abyss,” opening this evening at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn. Skinner (featured in our Hi-Fructose Collected 3 Box Set) is a Oakland-based artist and illustrator whose love of heavy metal and comic books is apparent in his mixed-media work. For “New Maps of the Abyss,” he created an extensive series of acrylic and ink pieces on board. Each neon-hued painting features a different demonic character from Skinner’s personal underworld.