The Boombox Project
March 8th, 2019- April 5th, 2019
Opening March 8th, 6-9p, Artist in Attendance
Winner of the Hasselblad Masters Award, Lyle Owerko is a New York based photographer. Known for his seminal photographs of the September 11th attack, which included the iconic cover shot of the burning towers on the cover of TIME Magazine. His imagery is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, as well were published as singular volume of historical record in "And No Birds Sang" (Wonderlust Publishing, 2002). Owerko is also the author of "The Boom Box Project" (Abrams, 2010), featuring an introduction by Spike Lee - the book focuses on the seminal sonic object that defined a generation producing the first overview of the history of the Boombox in all of it's bombastic glory. Owerko first broke on to the art scene with his "Samburu" project featuring black-and-white portraits of an isolated, nomadic people in Northern Kenya, who remain mostly untouched by the Western world. Owerko's breathtaking photographs of one of the last warrior tribe's still in existence are stark and fiercely beautiful, each dissociative portrait of the tribe, reflecting their pride, calm, and remoteness. Owerko’s most recent project "The Mongolian Eagle Hunters” focuses on a dynamic group of pastoralists who live in the remote valleys of the Altai Mountains in the country's far west. Inhabiting one of the fiercest climates on the planet, Eagle Hunters define the edge between both warrior and nomad. Existing in equal symbiosis between Horse, Eagle, Man and Earth. To be an 'Eagle Hunter' is not merely a title to the Mongolians (of this most distinct environment), it is truly a holistic way of life that goes back to the times of Genghis Khan. Part anthropology, part fine art these projects stand alone in their execution and study of of human nature. Simultaneously magnificent and unsettling, Owerko’s meticulous images act as a historical record people's whose way of life is rapidly disappearing in the face of social upheaval, ecological shifts and the onslaught of rapidly changing cultural development.
Station 16 Denver
3330 Brighton Boulevard, #204
The Source Hotel, Denver, CO