Proposed Retrospective Exhibition In Space, 1980
Serigraph and hand airbrush toning+varnish in 22 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: 26⅜ x 36⅝"
Gallery Print, 100% cotton rag
Printed at Brand-X Editions, 236 West 27th Street, New York, NY by Robert Blanton
About this print: In "Proposed Retrospective Exhibition in Space", the Shuttle Craft is placing the artist's paintings into orbit so that it would no longer be necessary to go to an art gallery or museum to attend a show. One would only have to look up in the sky to see his work. This print is unique for the hazy atmosphere over the Earth's horizon that was air-brush painted by the artist's own hand on each print in the edition. This whimsical work is multiple different images in one.
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]