Amidst the non-stop hustle that is 83, it’s often difficult for us to take time to appreciate those that affect us and we affect. September’s Gallery Hop was a reminder. To cap off a summer long partnership with Polar Entertainment, our good friend J Rawls and his partner-in-crime DJ O Sharp presented a massive Hip Hop showcase/festival that took up the entire Mikey’s Late Night Slice parking lot next door. The artists represented the past, present, and future of local hip hop, and crushed it all night despite consistent rain (which, in my opinion, only added to the epic feel). After spending time with everyone present, I truly felt the weight and community the event invoked. The impact J and O have had on emerging hip hop artists for the past decade and a half is what we strive for today, with emerging visual artists.
Considering the scale of the outdoor show, we handed it to 83 and Mikey’s regulars Mat Franklin (of Cadaver Dogs) and The Apes to hold it down inside. Neither disappointed, and shot the already steamy temperatures up. Especially Franklin. Luckily, PBR Columbus continued their strong support for 83 with coolers and aquariums full of cold ones.
The artwork is fantastic as always, and continues to challenge the local status quo in diversity and range. This month’s featured artists are Rylan Beer and newly-minted resident Adam Hernandez. I can’t do it justice online, so stop by if you haven’t already. The exhibition will remain up until September 29.