The Boombox Project by Lyle Owerko is a new exhibition presented by London’s Whisper gallery in collaboration with XOYO.

The show is comprised of contemporary fine art portraits of, you guessed it, vintage boomboxes. Lyle Owerko is an acclaimed New York-based filmmaker and photographer, whose credits include making music videos for Rufus Wainwright and shooting the cover for the 9/11 issue of Time magazine.

Owerko’s love affair with boomboxes really ignited when, in Tokyo in 2001, he chanced upon a mint condition late-70s Victor JVC at a market. From there he began to collect and photograph ever-rarer and more obscure models, all of which have been documented in his book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music, and The Urban Underground, which features an introduction by Spike Lee. This is the first time the full exhibition will be on public display in the UK.

The private view for the launch of The Boombox Project is at XOYO on Thursday 1 December. A selection of Owerko’s Boombox prints will be displayed, and there will be a live performance from Brooklyn’s Das Racist.

The Boombox Project will be on public view at XOYO  on December 2-7. A larger selection of prints will be on display at Whisper gallery from December 9-January 14, with a private view at the gallery on December 8. All 27 prints in the photoseries will be on display across both locations.
Lyle Owerko’s prints will be displayed in a range of sizes at Whisper and XOYO, from 16 x 20 inches to 60 x 89 inches. All prints on display will be available in limited numbers to purchase at Whisper and XOYO and online a, with prices starting from £600.
For more information, and tickets to the private view, click here.


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