Radio Raheem (2022)
Video Walkthrough of the (Framed) Original
Inspiration for Radio Raheem abstract artwork
I grew up in the 80s. Boom boxes, cassettes, walkmans – anything analog – is nostalgia to me. When I was brainstorming ideas for my next art piece, I knew I wanted to capture this. I stumbled across a picture of the ‘Super Jumbo’ boombox. It was instant – I had to incorporate it into a piece! Finding the picture also lead me to discover the movie ‘Do the Right Thing’ in which one of the characters carries around the boombox.
‘Do the Right Thing’ (1989) is a comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. Wikipedia puts it as “a Brooklyn neighborhood’s simmering racial tension between its African-American residents and the Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria, culminating in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day.” I highly recommend seeing the movie so I won’t give any spoilers here. But I will say that the character, Radio Raheem, is significant.
In the movie, his boombox blasts “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. What other songs might play from Raheem’s boombox – then and now? For fun, I put together a 32-song playlist. One song for each cassette tape in the border of the piece.
Picture of the framed original
Development of Radio Raheem
Posca acrylic paint pens
Molotow acrylic paint pens
Montana acrylic paint pens
Westcott ruler and shape templates