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On Saturday I attended the opening reception showcasing the illustrations and photographs of four Pixar artists (both present and past) on the subjects of sex and science at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.

I lived in the city of Emeryville in the Bay Area, where the renowned studio is located, so Pixar and I have got some good times. During my brief residency there, they gifted E-ville residents with a free screening of “The Incredibles”. BF was even offered an internship there, but passed on it to come back and work in LA.

Plus, who doesn’t love Pixar’s beautifully told and animated feature films? (By the way, I SO want to see UP, but after reading the synopsis in a recent LA Times article, I want to cry every time I see one of their ads!)

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The four artists were there in person to chat and sign – or doodle in – books.

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My favorite pieces were Don Shank’s very female-centricĀ Mathturbation (notice the pi symbol?), and his In Uterine set.

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Nate Wragg cut out and layered elements in his work to add a subtle but effective three-dimensional appearance. My favorite kinds of artwork are ones that use techniques that you can’t otherwise pinpoint right away. Is it a photograph? Illustration? All digital? Handmade? Or a combination of all?

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A couple more from Shank. His illustration style and even his signature remind me of Shag, who was a favorite illustrator of mine back in college.

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If there is one gallery to visit in the LA area, I would hands down recommend Nucleus. They offer pretentious-free art to the masses that manages to be interesting and enlightening to creative minds. Ancient Book of Sex & Science runs until the 28th of May, so go catch it if you can.