Experimenting With My Pull Chain Toilet In A Weightless Environment, 1980

Serigraph in 15 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: 27½ x 35½"

Gallery Print, 100% cotton rag

Printed at Brand X Editions, 236 West 27th Street, New York, NY by Robert Blanton

About this print: The pull chain toilet in the artist's studio, with the paisley seat that his mother gave him for Christmas, found its way into the Shuttle Craft series in "Experimenting With My Pull Chain Toilet In A Weightless Environment". This piece, done before the Shuttle Craft flew, turned out to be prophetic. One of the first problems the Shuttle Craft encountered when finally launched was with its plumbing system. After much re-design and millions of dollars, NASA was able to solve the problem.

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.