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TOM SACHS: BOOMBOX RETROSPECTIVE

Stephanie Pulido

I would have been a fool to not drop in to this exhibit as there was a massive multi-speaker boombox calling my name through the window. As I entered the collection of DIY boomboxes Mr. Sachs created, Kayne West's album, Graduation was playing through the main speaker and couldn't help but shoulder shrug as I checked out each device. These series of boomboxes were inspired by the hip hop movement in the 1980's and were created in his studio in New York as well as the Art School at Laguna Gloria in Austin, TX. He practices very strong organizational skills and no room for error which is strongly conveyed in his intricate details in all his pieces. "Always be knolling" is a term that has been incorporated into his lifestyle which was first used in 1987 by Andrew Kromelow and is as follows:

  1. Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
  2. Put away everything not in use. If you aren't sure, leave it out.
  3. Group all 'like' objects.
  4. Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself

I have found knolling to be very useful in my every day life. Especially my sewing space, as it can get cluttered extremely fast and it is more difficult for my brain to process the task that I attempting to accomplish. Try to incorporate it in your daily routine and see if your productivity levels change. Always be knolling while taking care of biz. 

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999 - 2015

The Contemporary Austin
January 24th - April 19th, 2015

thecontemporaryaustin.org.