4 May – 12 June 2016
Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York
In his new series, Bay Views, Mark Lyon reveals unexpected beauty in the most unusual setting: the American car wash. Sixteen urban locations in different stages of function are captured with existing unaltered light at night. Lyon considered each image for days and sometimes years to capture each setting at exactly the right moment, day and season without a person in sight. This thoughtful approach to photographing this series in the decisive moment creates distinctive images in contrast to our current world, which is saturated with spontaneous imagery.
Bay Views depicts the shifting balance of interior and exterior light, transforming these secluded industrial spaces and creating a window into something beautifully unfamiliar. Out of context itself the car wash bay frames the view of the world outside its doorway. Creating something public and private at the same time, the viewer is initially unaware that there is more than one bay to view.