The Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition reminded me that I had these old photos from January 2008 of the Nature of Water: An Art Exhibition Inspired by the Philosophies of Bruce Lee. This was at Nucleus Art Gallery and Store's former location, just up the street from where it is now.
If you're a serious Bruce Lee fan (and who isn't?), there were some really great pieces and some so-so pieces. With a brother who's a lifelong Bruce Lee fan (we even visited his and Brandon's grave), the Nature of Water exhibition was a nice interlude.
At the time, I thought these photos didn't really have a place on the blog, but as I've started including more and more of my interests, it's as good a time as any to share them. Besides, don't you want to read about my two degrees of separation from Bruce Lee?
More Powerful Than All Such Things, mixed media, Edwin Ushiro.
Learning to Be Formless by Ben Zhu. I love the fluidity of this piece. Bruce Lee fighting Kareem Abdul Jabbar in "Game of Death."
One Inch Punch tape.
The Romance of One Inch Punch 1 and 2 by Ben Zhu.
Surely you know of the one inch punch?
My friend Valerie's dad went to high school with Bruce Lee. Really! Her dad was a freshman when Bruce Lee was a senior. One Christmas, when I met up with my friend and her parents for lunch, I asked her dad about it and if he had any stories. He said that Bruce used to run around telling everyone he was going to become famous one day. Yeah. Yeah. All the students dismissed his boasting. He also saw Bruce demonstrate the one inch punch in person. With his fist only an inch in front of the guy, Bruce packed so much power into that punch that the guy flew 15 feet in the air.
I also met Bruce's widow and daughter, but that's a story for another post.
Bruce Lee by Mike Burnett.
Combat Tournament by Keith Evans.
Clockwise from top left: Bruce Lee Coif 1, 2, 3, 6, 5, 4 by T&A Friendly. I Wanna Be Like Bruce by Tanya Philpott.
Rain by Karen Dang.
Dragon Story by Fists of Curry.
Bruce Lee - Game of Death by Nice Bunny.
Fluidity by Erik San Juan. Bruce Monkey by Cutesypoo Toys.
Top down from left to right: It's Tough to Be Bruce Lee 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 by Christopher Desantis.
Team Bruce Lee vs. the Superheroes by Mike Lai.
From left to right: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Kareem, Prince, Danny Innasanto (sic) by Plasticgod.
Imported Action by Patrick Leger.
A view of the exhibit from above.
Flow by Cielo Oreste.
Why water? The above quote by Bruce Lee should clarify, but if you're a fan, you'd know that already.
Nucleus' former location was just off of 1st St. I just liked this view of a small pocket in downtown Alhambra.
Nucleus Art Gallery and Store
210 E. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Monday to Thursday noon to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
1 year ago today, AltaMed's 5th Annual East LA Meets Napa (Union Station) - Los Angeles.
2 years ago today, the first tomatoes of the season.
3 years ago today, Bun Cha Hanoi Nem Ran (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties and Egg Rolls.
4 years ago today, Santouka - Costa Mesa.