Critical Mass Top 50, 2011

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Mark Lyon

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Dr. Wilk D.D.S., Exam Room 1, Instrument Tray, 2010

Flannery Animal Hospital, Operating Room, 2009

Dr. Carpenter D.M.D., Exam Room, Dental Implants, 2010

Williamson Hardware, Inc., Office, 2010

Angel Nails, Portrait, 2009

Emerald Garden Laundromat, Change Machine, 2010

Helen Nails Inc., Drying Station, 2010

Middletown YMCA, Cycling Studio, 2009

SUNY New Paltz, Campus Auxiliary Services, Inc., 2008

Stewart Airport, Baggage Claim A, 2008
Mark Lyon

The series, Landscapes for the People, looks at the use of romanticized wallpaper landscape photographs found in everyday environments. These wall sized photographic murals seem to serve a psychological function, given their potentially intimidating or banal locations, like dental rooms and laundromats. These landscape murals allow the viewer an alternate mindset to nerve racking procedures or the mundane activities of everyday life. Wallpaper scenes depict grandiose views of snowcapped mountains, woodland streams, daisy fields, seascapes, and tropical beaches. These are, perhaps, the places we would rather be. They act to heighten our own daydreams with an idyllic panoramic view that envelops our line of sight. Elements of wear, installation approach, printing process, and wall fixtures allow the viewer insight into the photographic facade. The wallpaper can be seen in numerous conditions of wear. The power of the sun, and fluorescents, leave a mark of time through a draining of color. Seams of the paneled murals create a fracturing of the landscape. The seams fold, bend, tear and are taped back together. In other instances, the texture of the underlying wall reveals itself onto the surface of the landscape. The curious pairing of landscape and objects encourages the viewer into a closer inspection of their true relationship. This inspection discloses the actual location and purpose of such spaces. But, even after the truth of these photographs is revealed, we may find that our own daydreams allow this pairing to feel authentic. Photographs from Landscapes for the People use the peculiar relationship between found images and operative items. The resulting photographs of these locations document the strange play of the functional environment and the idealized psychological landscape.