Delineating The Constellations To Simplify Astronomy For The Average Man, 1980
Serigraph in 16 colors
Edition 300 , 30 Artist's Proofs, 30 AP (Artist's Proofs), 5 PP (Printer's Proofs), 10 HC (Hors de Commerce)
Shuttle Craft Series
Paper Size: 30 x 40"
Image Size: 28½ x 26¾"
Gallery Print, 100% cotton rag
Printed at Brand X Editions, 236 West 27th Street, New York, NY by John Fletcher
About this print: In this piece, "Delineating The Constellations To Simplify Astronomy For The Average Man", the artist imagines an astronaut connecting the stars in each constellation with a light-colored line to make it easier for us to identify the constellations from Earth.
About this series: This delightfully whimsical series was created while the artist was part of the NASA art program to document the Shuttle Craft project. These images were created before the Shuttle Craft actually flew. At the time the series was created, NASA was trying to justify to the tax-paying public the importance of the Shuttle Program and its benefits to mankind. The images are from the artist's humorous, creative ideas for uses for the Shuttle Craft, as well as situations the Shuttle Craft might experience. The titles of the prints are self-explanatory. Of particular interest in this series is the artist's extensive use of black for the background, using it to contrast against and enhance his use of color. The prints are in the NASA art collection and have traveled the world as part of NASA sponsored exhibits. They are also in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
© Clayton Pond 1980[mashshare]