About this print: The image for “Drag Racer” came from the artist’s experience at quarter-mile drag strips in California. In this piece, the artist whimsically places himself in the car as the driver. Like other prints in the series, the image area shows the artist’s fascination with the complexity of machinery.
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.