Monday, July 29, 2013

Nautical Nonsense Spongebob show at Gallery Nucleus

Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra California, teamed up with Nickelodeon to produce a tribute show to the wonderful cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Here is an excerpt from Nucleus's website:

"SpongeBob SquarePants is a world-renowned and beloved character-driven animated series that chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. Since debuting on Nickelodeon in 1999, the animated series quickly gained immense popularity and has remained a household name for over a decade, captivating children and adults alike with its colorful and eclectic cast of characters. Created and executive produced by marine biologist and animator, Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob SquarePants is one of Nickelodeon's longest-running series, with nearly 200 episodes airing on the network. Jumpin' jellyfish, that's a lot!

Nucleus and Nickelodeon have partnered up to present a tribute to our absorbent, yellow and porous friend, SpongeBob. The collection will feature work from a wide spectrum of artists, including a few of the show's very own. Neptune himself would be excited to see this! Stay tuned for more details about opening night festivities, special releases, plus a very rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the art technique and style of the series. "

I was in high school when the cartoon debuted and I always found myself watching the show. It was just the right amount of silly for me, and I especially loved The Krusty Krab where Spongebob worked (perhaps I could relate - I worked at a pizza place, a burger place, and a restaurant when I was in high school!) 

Surf and Turf
7 x 7 inches
Gouache, ink, on paper
© Nicole Gustafsson

Picnic at the Jellyfish Fields
5 x 5 
Gouache, ink, on paper
© Nicole Gustafsson 2013

The opening reception was last Saturday, but coming up August 3rd is the "Art and Making" of Spongebob where you get to meet some of the art contributors to the cartoon. Visit here for more info on the event.

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