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Adventure Time! at Gallery Nucleus

posted Jul 30, 2012, 1:11 PM by Douglas Sun   [ updated Aug 1, 2012, 11:42 AM ]
Originally posted: April 17, 2011

Just a quick post to mention that I went to Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra last night for the opening of their “Adventure Time With Finn & Jake” exhibit, featuring production art from and interpretive art about the Cartoon Network hit show. Much to my surprise, there was a line to get in, and it was long enough to wrap around the corner of Main and Monterey Streets. I think the gallery was surprised, too, as the young woman minding the door seemed constantly amazed at the necessity of having to control traffic into the store. Even considering that their exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of Edward Scissorshands was opening that night, too, it was clearly an outstanding turnout for them.

On the one hand, I was very pleased to see that much support for Gallery Nucleus. It’s a nice space, staffed by nice people, and the art that they feature inclines toward humor and good nature — or at least, as was the case with their Cthulhu-inspired art show, sincere indulgence of fanboy taste. I hope for their ongoing success.

But on the other hand, the crowd made it very unpleasant to hang around for too long. First of all, the upstairs space (where all of the “Adventure Time” stuff was being shown) was so tightly packed that you couldn’t create enough room to see all of the pieces without doing something to the person next to you that would be considered a major penalty in a hockey game. Also, there was no room for dissipating everyone’s accumulated radiant body heat, so it was intensely hot and stuffy as well. In short, it was kind of like the Exhibit Hall at ComicCon, except that Nucleus at least had the decency to put a big floor fan by the entrance.

Time permitting (the show closes on May 6), I’d like to go back and take a more leisurely look. In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with these hurried photos:

Life-size portrait of Marceline the Vampire Queen, viewed through a screen of people.


Life-size portrait of Princess Bubblegum and what is probably the top part of my thumb.