By Crystal Harrell
Campus Life Editor
Award-winning media artist Lalo Alcaraz spoke at the Pollock Theatre on Oct. 23 as part of the “Locolandia” art exhibition hosted by COD’s Marks Art Center. The gallery featured work by alumnus Eduardo Valadez Arenas and Bay Area artist Rabitt, along with Alcaraz’s, and was free to the public.
Lalo Alcaraz is the visionary behind the nationally syndicated comic strip “La Cucaracha” and co-host of KPFK’s satirical radio show, the “Pocho Hour of Power.” Presently, Alcaraz is working alongside Seth MacFarlane as consulting producer and writer for the upcoming Fox Television animated series Bordertown.
Following Alcaraz’s opening speech was a gallery reception lasting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where refreshments were served and music was provided courtesy of Rafael Lopez, who goes by his stage name, DJ Alf Alpha.
The art pieces done by Eduardo Valadez Arenas invoke dark humor, Mexican diaspora, and inspiration drawn from the art of everyday life, while Martin “Rabitt” Olivares creates intricately-illustrated works on paper and wood.
“I thought the gallery was really informative and a great cultural experience. It featured a lot of political cartoons that made you laugh but also made you think about the treatment of Mexicans and the artistic Mexican identity,” said COD student Shirley Deaton.
“Locolandia” will be open until December 11 at the Marks Center for the Arts. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Marks Art Center at (760) 776-7278 or visit the facility’s Facebook page.