“The intent of Black Body Bright Quest is to spotlight the pan-African and Afro-futuristic elements in Hip Hop, as well as highlighting the intent of that music where it was made to uplift people out of despair, artificial racist construct and grow esteem. Graffiti, as one of the visual elements of Hip Hop, has been relegated to an undesirable corner and underappreciated in the discourse of the art form. And I wish to elevate the visual representation of this art. My vision for this exhibition is to transform the gallery space, through visual and auditory input, to a portal of expansion and elevated discourse. This project invokes my deep love for the poetry of real Hip Hop, which inspires and infuses space with…potential.
As an artist, my intent is for the viewer to feel inspired by the art and make discoveries. There is a deep soul resonance that connects to a primal nature that I then translate with the geometric forms. The uncontainable feeling when I hear dope lyrics and sick beats, the energy that surrounds and bursts forth, inspires and expands me to proceed.
And I wish the same for the viewer.” – Oluwatoyin Tella
Red Dirt is located at 4051 34th Street, Mount Rainier, MD.