Boomboxラジカセ Creators Exhibition at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

The "King of Boomboxes" - Victor RC-M90 - at the La Luz De Jesus exhibition

Boombox, Ghettoblaster, Jambox, Brixton Briefcase, Thunderbox, ラジカセ…

By any name, the boombox was a catalyst for a worldwide revolution in music sharing, art, culture, and design. A touchstone of punk, hip hop, and heavy metal, the boombox is an iconic representation of the youth culture that developed in the 1970s and 80s and supplied a portable soundtrack to celebration and sedition alike. Corner breakdancing battles were won or lost as much by the volume of a crew’s box as their moves. At tailgate parties, the wattage of the boombox in the parking lot was as much a draw as the cars that brought them there. The bigger boomboxes were capable of drowning out every other sound within reach, making them environments unto themselves. What blasted from your box became the symbol of your personality. In walkable neighborhoods, you could hear their slow, ever-loudening approach, and gradual fade, as much a calling card for their owner as the roar of a Harley Davidson. The boombox was instant lifestyle, and the mix-tape culture was born of it. Multiple cassette deck boxes turned every kid into a DJ. Multiple input-jacks allowed for microphones and turned any party into a concert. It was an actual party in a box.

Boomboxラジカセ Creators is a tribute to the boombox and their unsung and unknown creators. This exhibition features original, design blueprints for boomboxes that never went into production, paintings and sculpture inspired by them, photographs from the era, and of course, the boxes themselves. The boomboxes featured hail from three continents and include fully-functioning pieces at a full spectrum of pricing, from a simple, dual cassette Emerson to the same model Sharp HK9000 that Fab Five Freddy donated to the Smithsonian. We’ll also have a set of super dope mix tapes and over 200 great, original, factory sealed cassettes for only $25 each.

Throughout the exhibition, placards name the creators of some of the boomboxes on display and we’re continually searching for other creators. See for more info.

The exhibition runs from December 4th 2015 to January 3rd 2016 at the La Luz De Jesus gallery in Los Angeles.