The Fast Forward Revue

Gallery Nucleus by akaneshiro
July 12, 2008, 8:30 am
Filed under: Art, Author: alexiskaye, Info | Tags: , , , ,
I Don't Want Anybody Else, P. Vatanatham & F. Valdez

I Don't Want Anybody Else, P.V. & F. V.

The next time you find yourself wandering around downtown Alhambra, be sure not to bypass Nucleus–especially after performing some not-so-subtle double takes. A watering hole for the art-loving community, this nifty gallery/store features superb merchandise along with sometimes lighthearted, oftentimes catharsis-inducing, but always visually compelling artwork.

Printed on American Apparel shirts are whimsical designs by local artists such as Chris Appelhans (Monster House) and Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Daisy Kutter). While Nucleus boasts some downright stylin’ bags and wallets for hyper-cynical Angry Little Girls, it is not out of character for them to devote an entire wall to sickeningly adorable toys and figurines (i.e. Wish Come True! and Anna Chambers’s plush collection of sleeping chipmunks).

Ninjas All Over The Place, Scott Campbell

Ninjas All Over The Place, Scott Campbell

Nucleus also offers a healthy array of books spanning animation, crafts, fashion, illustration, graphic design (!!!), tattoos (!!!), and urban art. And prints! There are assloads of prints!

As for their second (and primary) function as an art gallery, Nucleus holds monthly exhibits, an annual benefit auction, product signings, DIY workshops, scattered music events, and artist lectures. The opening receptions for the month-long shows are always guaranteed to be happenin’ with music, drinks, prizes and, of course, new art! And if you strategically show up between 3 and 7 on a Monday or a Tuesday, chances are you’ll catch me behind the desk.

Wish Come True!

Wish Come True!

After quite an eventful day of removing nails and spackling walls in preparation for the next show, I settled down at the register with a graphic design book in hand. It was called Tactile: High Touch Visuals. Graphic design and the third dimension. My eyes had the munchies! So many innovative, fascinating projects. I’ll highlight a few.
Helvetica cake. Kawoom Poww Yaay! Construction paper collage.

Thread Portraits

Thread Portraits

Hair Creations

Hair Creations

The Blanket Says...

The Blanket Says..., Fromkeetra


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I NEED that blanket! Reminds me of what I posted in my room… “Everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”



Comment by jaxba

The thread portraits are incredible – they remind me of an artwork that a friend of mine created: an image if a glossy lock of curly hair, but it was all made out of hair (her own, of course). It’s sort of got the same effect as the thread.

… And speaking of hair, the woman in the hair creations spread is SHINY. Really, really shiny.

Comment by E. Sempé

woah i just got really excited, thinking you were wandering around the street my grandparents lived on…
but then i checked the store link and alhambra is a city.. in cali… damn.

ps sounds like an awesome place

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