Quantcast
Tom Sachs Turns it Up with a Boombox Retrospective

Ceramic speakers and sonic bodegas bump curated playlists at The Contemporary Austin for 'Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015.'

Since childhood, sculptor Tom Sachs has been building boomboxes. "I hooked my Sony Walkman up to a set of mini speakers and velcroed them to a block of scrap plywood. It was a clusterfuck of wires," he says in the press release for Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015, the artist's first-ever exhibition in Texas. For the show, which also includes a number of other sculptures and installations from the artist who previously imagined a trip to Mars inside of the Park Avenue Armory, Sachs created a series of working ceramic boomboxes that demonstrate his ongoing love for music, and for sculpting the systems that blare it. 

"In 8th grade woodshop, I made a box for the whole mess out of pine," Sachs continues, describing his longtime involvement with building boomboxes. "It had a knob to hang the headphones that was made out of a broomstick.” The show features a total of 15 sculptures that range from Miffy Mountain, a large-scale bronze sculpture of the beloved children's book character, and battery tower "Duralast," a bronze rendering of a stack of car batteries. In addition, Sachs has also curated a number of playlists from pop icons and friends to be blasted through his boomboxes. 

“I have worked with Tom Sachs on several projects in the past, and I am very excited to introduce his work to Austin [Texas],” explains Louis Grachos, Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin. “Like Austin, Tom takes his eccentricities seriously. The maverick spirit of self-reliance and attention to hand-crafted precision that come through in his work will keenly resonate with our audiences in Central Texas and beyond.”

Tom Sachs, Toyan’s, 2002. Mixed media. 97 x 148 x 30 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary. Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Tom Sachs, Bodega, 2014. Mixed media. 90 x 122 x 40 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Installation view, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Installation view, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Installation view, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Tom Sachs, Miffy Fountain, 2008. Silicon bronze and paint (three-part catalyzed acrylic, white primer, white base coat, “Xtreme” Flat Finish Klearkote). 108 x 102 x 102 inches. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio.

Tom Sachs, Stupa, 2013. Bronze. 128 x 26 x 26 inches. Edition of 3, AP 1 of 2. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Tom Sachs, Tower of Power, 2015. Bronze. 144 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015 will be on display at The Contemporary Austin from January 24 through April 19, 2015. Click here to learn more. 

Related:

The Kings Get a Koons

Artist Unmasks Daft Punk for New Sculpture Series

Invader's Artwork Climbs Aboard The International Space Station

Dustin Yellin's Glass Ballerinas Take Center Stage at Lincoln Center