This ongoing series examines the relationship between self-service car wash bays and the adjoining landscapes. In their intended function, these semiprivate bays take the place of the family driveway to restore our cars’ fleeting luster. The spaces appear secluded as they are captured at night with exposures timed around the fluctuating cycles of street lights and traffic patterns. Variations in seasonal weather conditions, as well as the shifting balance of interior and exterior light transform these ubiquitous spaces into something unfamiliar.
Born in Rochester, NY in 1979, Mark Lyon (Maybrook, NY) developed a strong interest in art in High School. His undergraduate studies began at the School of Visual Arts where he was the recipient of a Rhodes and Faculty Scholarships. He completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY New Paltz where he earned his BFA in 2003.
Shortly after, Lyons began to teach art and photography at Beacon High School where he was able to take advantage of the community’s developing art scene. This has led to collaborations between Lyon and Dia:Beacon, the Beekman Banner Project as well as presentations by prominent photojournalists and exhibitions at Fovea Exhibitions, a not-for-profit space dedicated to fostering dialogue on documentary and photojournalistic practices. Lyon recently received his MFA from SUNY New Paltz in August 2008. Most recently, Lyon’s work has been shown in “Tasteless” at Bau in Beacon, NY, and “Car Culture” at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT.
Mark received CPW’s Fellowship in 2008 and was selected by Leslie K. Brown, former curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. To view his fellowship portfolio, click here.