An avid, self confessed pop culture junkie, Lyle Owerko has been on the forefront of youth culture from the moment he first gazed at a Boombox in his youth. Inspired by his auditory obsession, he set out to document these gigantic sonic machines at the apex of their loud and defiant personality — the quintessential audio device of the 1980s — and from here “The Boombox Project” was born. In this photographic typology, Owerko captures an era of discovery and deafening innovation that played an intrinsic part of the early, hip-hop, punk, garage rock and new wave movements. The monumental size of the presented photographic works reinforce the significance of the boombox as an icon of popular culture. In painstakingly crafted hyper-real documentation, the imagery bursts with both color, personality and swagger.
Sought after and coveted by celebrities and sports stars alike, a part of this series is held in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as the MOCA in Jacksonville, Florida. The series in its full scope are a coveted part of many well regarded contemporary collections around the world. This project is about youthful innovation and the symbol of a generation that still echoes amongst our society even today… Welcome to the 10th-anniversary presentation of this work at Art Angels in Los Angeles; featuring an entirely new spectrum of imagery, bespoke sculptures and elaborate custom displays take this concept of empowerment and free expression to an entirely new frontier of commentary.
Art Angels, Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, USA