Curator Tewodross Melchishua speaks to the crowd at M3: MC's, Mics, and Metaphors Artistsâ€™ talk on Sat., Aug. 8 at the Gallery at Flashpoint in Northwest. Photo by Ra-Jah S. Kelly
As a hip-hop enthusiast, artist and educator, Tewodross Melchishua was drawn to art and hip-hop culture. As a result, he has curated an exhibit to explore the connection.
â€œWhat we wanted to do with this exhibition is to take a verse or song and visualize it, but at the same time also create a dialogue. I call it the visual cypher, just like a cypher of emcees that are in a circle,â€ Melchishua, 39, said.
Melchishua assembled 16 artists in mediums ranging from animation and fashion design to video and mixed media, who were tasked with exploring the concept of the lyrics, metaphors or similes used in hip-hop, and reflecting a favorite emcee or song. The result is â€œM3: MCs, Mics and Metaphorsâ€ being shown at the Gallery at Flashpoint in Northwest until Sat., Aug. 29