High Desert Test Sites
2018 Limited Edition Postcard Series
Available at the Hammer Museum, the HDTS HQ, and online
This year’s postcard edition features twelve photographs of the desert by Sarah Lyon. The group of images titled “From Nowhere to There” has been generated over the course of two decades of cross country travel through the desert and beyond. The full set of postcards are also available at the HDTS online store and at the HDTS HQ
Images: California BLM Map, Stucco Trailer
Live From A Dark Room: Louisville Underground Music in Photographs, 1980-Present
University of Louisville Photographic Archives Gallery
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level
2215 S. 3rd Street , Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Opening Reception Thursday July 12, 5-8pm
“Live From A Dark Room: Louisville Underground Music in Photographs, 1980-Present” featuring work by Alex Ayers, Heather Cantrell, Bill Carner, Aron Conaway, Guy Dove, Tim Furnish, Ross Gordon, Laura Arrot Hartford, Chris Higdon, Sarah Lyon, Jennifer Martin, Doug Maxson, Ed Neary, Will Oldham, Lonnie Turner, and more!
Image: Catherine Irwin and Anna Krippenstapel in Ratterman Cave
We had another sold-out Basic Auto Care Clinic at the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Event Name: Basic Auto Care Clinic
Date: Saturday, January 27, 10am-1pm
Host: Sarah Lyon
Cost: $25 ($20 for members)
Location: Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles CA
For anyone interested in personal empowerment through understanding more about cars, in this workshop you will learn the basics of the combustion engine and how the systems of a car work together. Topics include tools, manuals, maintenance schedules, and finding a good mechanic. Projected images, diagrams, and actual parts and tools are used for reference, with opportunities for questions and participant dialogue throughout. For the hands-on part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice changing a tire using the jack provided with their own car. We’ll go under the hood and talk about checking vital fluids, changing an air filter, and the process and materials needed for an oil change.
A review of the Photographic Archives Exhibit, by Peter Morrin for Under Main
Sarah Lyon’s show of thirty-two photographs at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives Gallery illustrates a motorcyclian world view: the work uncannily puts the viewer into the pictorial realm, in a relationship to the subject that transcends the vicarious. Travel photographs but in no way a travelogue, Lyon opens her experience to the viewer while ironically remaining very much the creative personality occupying these images. Spanning fourteen years of the artist’s work, Lyon describes the work as a “personal investigation of what happens with artistic process as life evolves and changes, while embracing the inevitable ebb and flow of inspiration and motivation.” Read More…
Images: Minnesota Storm self-portrait, Death Valley and the Atomic Inn
I was selected to join a group of photographers in an ongoing project documenting Kentucky. For my first week, I ventured to Hickman and Fulton Counties.
The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project is the state’s third photographic recording done in 40-year increments.
Taking inspiration from the work of the Farm Security Administration (1935–1943) and building on the success of Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (1975–1977), The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project II will go into each of the state’s 120 counties making a contemporary visual record of Kentucky. This will be the third time in an eighty year period that photographers have roamed the state recording the landscape and how Kentuckians live, work and play.
Photographs by Sarah Lyon
October 5 – December 22, 2017
Recption October 5th, 5-7 PM
University of Louisville
Photographic Archives Gallery
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level
Images: Devils Golf Course Death Valley and Self Portrait, Salt Evaporation Plan Road
BASIC AUTO CARE CLINIC
SATURDAY, JULY 29
785 South Shelby Street, Louisville KY 40203
Enter through the garage door on Lampton
$10-$20 pay what you can
Learn the magic of the combustion engine and how the systems of the car work together in a casual, supportive environment. Topics include tools, manuals, maintenance schedules, checking vital fluids, changing an air filter, and the process and materials needed for an oil change. Projected images and actual parts are used for reference with opportunities for questions and participant dialogue throughout. For the hands-on part of the workshop, we will locate and learn to use the jack included with participant’s cars to remove a wheel and replace it with the spare.
This workshop really helped me to move past old insecurities and feel empowered to make better decisions. Sarah did a great job of demystifying the way that engines work and should be maintained and she provided lots of encouragement and guidance as we tried out the skills we were learning on our own vehicles. Not only did Sarah do a great job of sharing technical information and tools, but she created a relaxed, welcoming environment where participants weren’t embarrassed to ask “dumb” questions and could truly learn. I’m so grateful for the opportunity! – Carrie
This Sunday, April 17, from 2-5pm I’m excited to be teaching a workshop on car maintenance at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. Basic Car Care and Understanding the Magic of the Combustion Engine is for those who have interest in learning how the different systems of a car work together and practical skills such as how to change a flat tire on the side of the road.
Sunday April 17
Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA
In October I had the privilege of participating in a two-week residency at Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment, a part of her Institute for Investigative Living in Joshua Tree, California. The experience gave me time and space to think about upcoming projects. It was also an opportunity to learn different ways in which people can live, as conceived by Zittel. Residents share a communal kitchen, composting toilets, outdoor showers, and work together on her land during what is called the Hour of Power once a day. I was inspired by meeting like-minded creative people and exploring the vast and varied landscape that surrounds the breathtaking Joshua Tree National Park.
Image: Approaching storm at the Encampment
July – August 2015
8 sessions, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
The Smoketown Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop empowers women with basic knowledge and experience of motorcycle mechanics and maintenance. This hands-on weekly class includes maintenance, repair, and service instruction, along with lectures, presentations, and engagement with professionals in the community. Workshop topics include combustion engine design and operation and related vehicle systems such as drive, chassis, and electrical systems. Introduction to various careers and apprenticeships as well as exploring further educational opportunities are an important aspect of the series. Students are given their own set of mechanics tools to use during the course. Upon workshop completion, they will take the tools with them for use in the workforce.
Funded by an ArtPlace America grant for Creative Innovation Zone/IDEAS 40203, partnering with YouthBuild Louisville.