Finding A Cure For Cancer, 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: 29⅜ x 37"
Gallery Print, 100% cotton rag
Printed at Brand X Editions, 236 West 27th Street, New York, NY by Robert Blanton
About this print: One of the main selling points of the space program was doing scientific experiments in the weightless environment of outer space. In this humorous piece, "Finding A Cure For Cancer", the artist, who loves a good pun, mixes metaphors for medical science and astrology. With the breaking of the image area borders and the shadow effects, the Crab appears to float toward the viewer and off the surface of the print.
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]