October 16 - January 8, 2022
From THE MAC:
“Ciara Elle Bryant’s Server: Love Ta, Love Ta Love Ya puts forth a dynamic culmination of the Dallas artist’s recent artistic projects. Encompassing each gallery space of The MAC, the exhibition serves as a visual bibliography of Bryant’s personal histories as they relate to the wider experience of being Black in America. Utilizing a wide range of media, from video to photography, collage, and ready-made objects, Bryant manifests her encyclopedic collection of digital ephemera from Black popular culture into large-scale installations. Social media posts, news stories, memes, viral videos, and the like are presented en masse, offering a physical space for Black identity and self-actualization to take center stage.
Named after Timbaland’s 1997 single Luv 2 Luv U, the exhibition encompasses a nostalgic view of the relics and memories that shaped Bryant’s upbringing. Central to the exhibition, a new work, Run It Back (2021), utilizes numerous analog televisions to display looping video and imagery. The installation harkens to a bygone era when TV reigned supreme in disseminating the popular music and media that remain pivotal to the artist’s existence. In Server: Checks On The Block (2021), Bryant pays homage to the Nike Air Force 1 and its long-standing impact on street fashion, solidifying the sneaker’s cultural significance. Through works like these, the exhibition as a whole establishes an origin story for the cherished objects, experiences, and values that drive Byrant’s work as a visual artist.”
Reception: October 16, 2021 | 6–9 pm
1503 South Ervay Street
Dallas, 75215 TX