The Art of Run DMC at Hang Up Gallery, Stoke Newington

Written by: Sophie Taylor

What gave me confidence was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.

Darryl DMC McDaniels

Can I get a witness?

Hang Up Gallery have some pretty hush hush news.

And it goes a little something like this:

Darryl ‘Run’ DMC McDaniels will be popping up in the Stoke Newington gallery this month to launch his new collection of works, The Art of DMC.

This is the icon’s first London exhibition, showing new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints showcasing his underlying passion for comics. 

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Darryl McDaniels is best known as the co-founding member of ‘Run DMC’, one of the major pioneers of hip-hop culture ‘and arguably the hottest rap act of the 1980s and 1990s’, still well loved and popular as ever throughout the world.

But the inspiration behind many of McDaniels’ lyrics come from stories and speeches made by his favourite superheroes and comic characters. Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling.

“I was a nervous little nerdy kid,” DMC says. “I didn’t want to get up in front of y’all and rhyme but then what gave me confidence out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.”

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The exhibition, DMC (Darryl Makes Comics) asks us to imagine an alternate reality that merges comic book storytelling with the social struggles of 1980’s New York City. Our Adidas trainered, tracksuit wearing superhero slips on his knuckle dusters and takes to the city to defend the rights of marginalised citizens.

Whether you’re a comic book geek or DMC superfan (or both), you’ll find it hard not to be impressed by the powerful pieces on show, all from the brainchild of a Hip-Hop legend. Don’t miss this rare London pop up from DMC, fresh from headlining Isle of Wight Festival.

The exhibition will be running from 11– 25 June 2017 with a launch party on the 10th involving chat, signings and an intimate live set from Run DMC in the gallery bunker.

The Art of DMC, Hang Up Gallery, Stoke Newington Road

11 – 25th June 2017

Private View Sat 10th June 4 – 10 PM

Photos c/o Hang Up Gallery and Vimeo screenshot.

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