“Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine

Posted by The G on August 17, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Dima Drjuchin.

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

I’ve been a fan of Dima Drjuchin’s art for many years and although art is subjective, I don’t see how you could not like it.  In his latest exhibit, “Vision Quest,” at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, Dima once again will blow your mind with the fantastical worlds he creates with colors and detail that will have you saying “how does he do that?!”

Vision Quest

Vision Quest

These pictures (which you can enlarge by clicking on them) do not do justice to the amount of detail in each work, so I encourage you to see these in person.  If you’re not a huge art fan but you are into music, you might know Dima’s art from the cover art of Father John Misty’s smash debut album “Fear Fun,” which he brilliantly designed. Dima’s art is surprisingly still reasonably priced, so if you want to own one of his works, I recommend you get on it sooner rather than later.

Vision Quest

Vision Quest

I spoke with Dima at the opening of “Vision Quest” and I asked him 2 of my burning questions about the creation of his works.  I had mentioned that if I had the rest of my life to create paintings, I could never even come close to the brilliance of one of his smaller works, let alone the big ones, so I asked for a ball park estimate of how long it takes him to create a painting.  He said that some of his smaller pieces are made in a single sitting!  Whoa!  Also, since there is so much going on in his works, I wanted to know if each time he looks at a painting if he starts to think of ways he could change or improve (in his eyes, not ours) the painting and he said that he has an easy time separating himself from his works and once he says it’s done, it’s done.  I’ve spoken with many artists over the years who can barely even look at their own paintings because they only see flaws and things they would change if they could, so I found it interesting and inspiring that sometimes there is a definitive stopping point.

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Don’t miss “Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, which is located at 235 South 1st Street and is showing until September 6, 2015.

Tiny Trifecta at The Cotton Candy Machine

Posted by The G on April 10, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Joshua Petker

Joshua Petker

To celebrate the 100th day of the year, 100 artists donated “tiny art” each priced at $100 per item for the grand opening of The Cotton Candy Machine boutique and gallery in Brooklyn.  The list of artists participating was quite impressive (see below) and each work of art that was being sold was an absolute steal.  Needless to say, the entry line was enormous as art afficianados attempted to snatch up works by some of the hottest artists on the scene and the event was pretty horribly organized.  To break it down in simpler terms, I was the 40th person in line, the event began at 7 PM and I was not in the door until almost 10 PM.  Though it was frustrating (read: please come up with a better system for future events), cotton candy was made on the spot and handed out freely to guests, the art was fantastic and the boutique has some really cool stuff for sale.

Elizabeth Winnel
Elizabeth Winnel

The list of participating artists (hence the long line) is:  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, Huck Gee, 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.

Travis Louie
A sketch by Travis Louie, pictured above.
Skinner
Skinner, pictured above.
Not surprisingly, by the time I left, almost all the art was sold.  The exhibit will run until May 1, 2011 and it’s definitely worth a trip to Brooklyn to see.  Since most of the works were purchased by private collectors, you might not get a chance to see these works in person for a very long time.  Spotted in the crowd were artists Tara McPherson, Martina Secondo and Jon Schnepp.
After the jump, see a partial gallery view as well as the long line on opening night.
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