About this print: “Camping American Style” is a satirical reference to the evolution of camping. Once a “roughing it” experience of living outdoors in a tent, the modern version of camping entails driving one’s motor home to a campsite bringing as many modern conveniences as possible from home. The bicycles on the front of the camper create a complex pattern of spokes and gears overlaying the crisscross webbing of the folding camp chairs all tied together to the front grill of the truck.
About the series: Through his interest in sailing the artist became aware of the increasing significance of leisure time pursuits as an American cultural obsession. Increasing economic prosperity has allowed the average person more time off and the money for leisure time activities. The artist observed that identifying strongly with a specific sporting activity is akin to joining a sub-culture; a social group identified by a common dress, terminology, etiquette, and set of behaviors. During the years 1975 through 1978 Pond traveled extensively around the United States to create this series showing leisure time enthusiasts in their finest moments.