Art appreciation

October Local Art Highlights – LE MERCURE

It’s mid-season, and let’s be honest: you’re looking for anything to distract you from school right now. There’s nothing like local art to help you reset and get back into your academic groove. Clear your mind with this month’s DFW art highlights:

1. Paulo Nimer Pjota

Every empire shatters like a vase”

Photo courtesy of Paulo Nimer Pjota

With nearly a decade of exhibition experience, Paulo Nimer Pjota’s reputation precedes him. The Brazilian native glues historical references with DIY sensibilities. His bric-a-brac paintings reference street art and culture to disrupt the canon of Western art. Molded gourds and bloodstained tapestries bring Plato to the present as Pjota weaves personal narrative and antiquity into his unique oeuvre.

October 22, 2021-to be determined

The power station

3816 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226

2. Ciara Elle Bryant

Waiter: I like your, I like your, I like you”

Photo courtesy of Ciara Elle Bryant

Pulling from social media, black culture, and popular music, there’s really nothing that Ciara Elle Bryant hasn’t referenced in her work. The fourth installment in his “Server” series, “Love Ta, Love Ta Love Ya” features a love letter to Bryant’s upbringing and black culture in America. As the gallery writes in a social media post,

“Bryant manifests his encyclopedic collection of black popular culture digital ephemera in large-scale installations. Social media posts, news, memes, viral videos, etc. are presented en masse, providing physical space for black identity and self-realization to take center stage.

Bryant’s new exhibit embodies his nostalgia for his childhood and adolescence. Using emotional memories, she taps into the endless wellspring of appreciation for contributors to black popular culture that continue to shape it and the rest of America.

Oct. 16-Jan. 8, 2022


1503 Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215

3. Mountain View Campus Cliff Gallery

Tree with half a root”

Photo courtesy

Organized by local art veterans Kim Phan Nguyen and Narong Tintamusik, “Tree with Half a Root” brings together a powerful collective of artists. Spotlighting creators of Asian or Asian-American descent, MVC Cliff Gallery’s new exhibition reaches out and holds the viewer in artistic serenity. According to the Gallery’s Instagram page,

“…[T]he gallery becomes a place of contemplation, meditation and rejuvenation. The participating artists show places that protect us from hostile environments and open our imagination.

The works of Bumin Kim and Sangmi Yoo imbue the viewer with a technicolor calm. Kim’s colored fibers blend into a seamless gradient, stimulating the public eye with her optical illusions. Using colored paper, Yoo weaves tapestries that reveal monochrome scenes against their rainbow background.

The other artists engage in their work in a similar fashion, generating an exposition dedicated to all things bright and jovial. In their latest exhibition, Nguyen and Tintamusik put on a show steeped in peace and all the tranquility we could enjoy now.

Oct. 11-Dec. 3, 2021

Dallas College Mountain View Campus

4849 Illinois Ave., Dallas, TX 75211 W Building W136

4. Cody Berry

Soldiers of Fortune”

Photo courtesy of Cody Berry

With a painting of the fifth lesser-known ninja turtle, Giotto, Cody Berry kicks off this month’s list with an irreverent tone. Berry’s Warhol-esque paintings bring contemporary Pop art to Dallas. In her exhibition Browder Street, Berry uses real and imagined characters as parodic critiques of harmful masculinities. From Papa Smurf to The Simpsons, no popular culture reference is immune to Berry’s sardonic outlook.

“‘Soldiers of Fortune,’ finds the artist riffing on the Hollywood idea of ​​America, seeking moments of wisdom and/or comic relief in ridiculing the idea of ​​the soldier,” reads the artistic statement from the show.

Beneath layers of neon paint and comedy, Berry’s work presents an interesting critique at the intersection of Hollywood and masculinity. Ultimately, it makes sure you’ll never see your favorite childhood cartoon the same way again.

Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 2021

Broder Street

1400 Browder Street, Dallas, TX 75215