The time for Gallery Hop is approaching again and galleries around Columbus are preparing. But one gallery in particular is looking to raise the bar for the Columbus art scene.
83 Gallery is making their May Hop one of their most important shows yet.
According to Mic Wesson, Communications Director and Co-Owner of the gallery, Saturday May 5, 83 Gallery will be unveiling an art installation by Digilog Futures, A Brooklyn and Pratt-based architecture/design/art group, led by Ohio State grad, Tyler O’Rielley, that is made up of discarded industrial and packaging objects and a mile of upgraded rope
The large installation, that will expand the entire floor-to-ceiling length of the gallery, combines two distinct design methods that are interacting. The major system is what they call a tree and the minor system is going to be a collection of wastes and industrial material that exhibit characteristics of small robots or artificial life forms, Wesson said.
“The primary reason this installation is important is because of the dynamic it creates between our focus on inclusiveness and local emerging artists’ work,” he said. “And what we felt with this project was an opportunity to do something really unique and the way that they describe it there’s a lot of environmentally relevant ideas that are happening with it and we just think that a lot of times galleries become sort of stagnant and we wanted to do the opposite of that ”
Saturday’s gallery hop is also part of a kick off to a new partnership with 83 Gallery and Cameron Mitchell’s M, which will bring hors d’oeurves to the event, Wesson said.
In addition to the new partnership and the large art installation, the event will also feature live music, after naming Polar Entertainment as their “house djs,” from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
“The first act is going to be J Rawls and DJ O Sharp and they’re kind of like essentially our house mc, house djs,” Wesson said. “And that’s going to be followed by an acoustic set with Andy Cook, Bobby Stevens and Zach Kelley, and then the headliner, State Song.”
Despite the multiple elements of Saturday’s event, including the art installation, 83 Gallery will still be doing their standard salon-style art show, with the walls still covered from floor to ceiling with artwork, with featured artists Brook Zamudio and Anthony Cheatham.
“I really think that will raise some awareness that this sort of cow town image that a lot of people have of Columbus that were kind of trying to destroy,” Wesson said. “And I think that this is really something to show that galleries, specifically an arts organization and a gallery, can do some very major culturally important pieces while at the same time still being able to sell art work and showing 25-30 local artists. I just think that it shows that were doing something important and relevant.”
According to Wesson the show on Saturday will be an experience unlike at other Gallery Hops.
“Not only will they enjoy themselves and be around a bunch of really cool and unique people, but also they’re going to be part of something important and they’re gong to be witnessing our growth which is proportional to the way the Columbus arts scene grows,” he said.
The event is free and open to the public at 1038 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43201.
More information can be found online at 83gallery.com.
Photo by Tyler Joswick.