Alexis Pike : Color Me Lucky


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Alexis Pike is a sixth generation Idahoan calling on the geography of her genes while focusing on the American West. Pike received her BFA from Boise State University and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She’s been a Top 50 finalist for Critical Mass and has exhibited widely, at venues including Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Missoula Art Museum, Photoville, Guate Photo Festival, and Aperture Foundation. Her work’s been featured in Harper’s, LensCulture, and and her monograph Claimed Landscape was published by Blue Sky Books in 2014. Currently, she lives in Bozeman, Montana with her four children, two dogs, and one cat. When she’s not being a photographer or a mom, she’s an Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University.


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Color Me Lucky

Text by :
Alexis Pike

Details :
7″ x 9″, 96 pages,
Perfect Bound
Edition Size 200
ISBN : 978-1-944005-24-5
Published by : Aint–Bad
Spring 2019

About :

When I was six, I planned to be just like Evel Knievel. Naively, I couldn’t understand the consequences of my choice. Imagining myself in his striking leathers, I raced my bike down a hill like a kamikaze on a mission for the sake of a stunt. At the bottom of the hill, with too much speed, I crashed, tumbled hard across the gravel, laid there unconscious—my prize was spending four days in the hospital with a fractured skull. Injury aside, I gained bragging rights.

In the 1970’s, Evel Knievel was the daredevil—steadfast, virile, courageous, and determined. Knievel’s illustrated legend captivated an audience. Clad in red, white and blue, he embodied the fantasy of soaring over obstacles—even if the landing wasn’t pretty. Color Me Lucky is inspired by Evel Knievel’s swagger. It explores desire, sexuality, masculinity, image, and risk. It’s about the momentum that carries you forward, even when you know there’s a train wreck ahead. My work about this popular daredevil opens up a conversation about what attracts a woman or man to act on or witness risky behavior for the sake of a thrill. In these images, Knievel is the metaphor to decipher if we all have a bit of Evel in us.