Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike

“Manifest Destiny” by Ivete Lucas & Otis Ike

dallas_MEXWENDYPRINTSep 13- Oct 6 in the Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Oct 6,12-1 pm in the LAGO VISTA GALLERY (in the Library on the Richland Campus)

VIDEO component of the exhibition will be shown from 11AM to 12PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment.

Richland College is proud to present Manifest Destiny by Austin based artists Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike in the Lago Vista Gallery. Lucas and Ike will show new works focused on the disruption of Mexico and the roles of the Mexican and American peoples. The exhibit will feature several photographs and a video broadcasting a sequence of images juxtaposing drug cartel prisoners, excess, and celebrity. Manifest Destiny will be on display from September 13th through October 6th, 2010. The artists will be present for a gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct 6th from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The work portrays several facets of Mexican/American interactions by altering viewpoints and subject matter in order to develop a complex portrait of our current relationship. Most notably Lucas and Ike question the roles of Mexican drug cartel’s symbiotic relationship with America’s consumption while taking into account the citizens of Mexico. The work functions as a glimpse into the complicated and often stereotypical relationship that has developed between Mexico and America.

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The Lago Vista Gallery is open Monday- Thursday from 9 to 9, Friday from 9 to 4 and Saturday from 12 to 4. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at rrichards@dcccd.eduManifest Destiny and all associated events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Richland Galleries, location, or parking please visit the the campus map.

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Exhibition images:

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About the artists:


Ivete Lucas is a Mexican filmmaker, photographer and audiovisual artist born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She is noted for her 2009 work Libres y Lokas: el espectaculo de la pobreza, a collaboration with artist OTIS IKE, focuses on the intersections between drag queens and luchadores from Monterrey’s underground. For this collaboration, Ivete created the audiovisual installation displayed in this show.
Her work explores immigration, subcultures, cultural and gender identity. Her photographs and audiovisual installations include subjects such as Mexican miracle workers, a study on the gender upbringing of girls in the Americas, Mennonites rebuilding houses in hurricane-struck Lousiana, drag queens, luchadores and Mexican immigrants living in the United States.
Ivete received the prestigious Promocine grant to produce and co-direct the short film Asma in 2009. The film, which comments on the futility of everyday life and the feeling of claustrophobia that it brings, was exhibited in film theaters nationally in Mexico and participated in various film festivals, including the Fribourg Film Festival in Switzerland.
Ivete is currently obtaining an MFA in Film and Video Production at the University of Texas at Austin. Her latest film projects include the short documentary Mexican Fried Chicken about a Mexican immigrant boy who struggles with his cultural identity and his hectic life: working at Popeye’s Chicken, at his father’s repair shop, getting good grades at school and taking care of his brother and sister. The documentary is currently featured in an instalation at the MexicArte Museum. She recently completed a short fiction film titled La Lupita about a Mexican teen new to Austin, who falls in love for the first time at the Austin Country Flea Market.  She is currently in post production her new project which was shot in the summer of 2010 a documentary about a mining town in Appalachia called Ivanhoe.

About OTIS IKE ::

OTIS IKE has been working as an independent photographer, video artist and builder since 1995. He managed and built installations for Clare Rojas and Barry McGee creating sculptures for their exhibits in the US and Europe between 2005 and 2008.  As a builder, Ike moved to Louisiana after hurricane Katrina where he worked coordinating volunteer teams to remodel and building new homes.  While in Louisiana he began documenting Point Aux Chénes Indian tribe for their federal tribal recognition application which has been an ongoing project spanning five years. His 2009 exhibition Libres Y Lokas with Ivete Lucas was acclaimed in several Texas art journals including Art Lies, Fall 2009 issue.   Ivete and Ike are currently in post production of a feature length documentary about Vietnam War reenactors called Vietnam Appreciation Day which was awarded the largest grant of 2010 from the the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.  Ike is currently in the graduate architecture program at the University of Texas at Austin.

For more images and past projects please visit Otis Ike’s website.

Articles about Otis Ike and Ivete Lucas:

“Artlies” article “how to be singular plural”




For more information on the exhibit please contact Ryder Richards, Gallery Coordinator: rrichards@dcccd.edu