About the print: This iconic image, “Dune Buggy”, portrays a lifestyle the artist witnessed while in New Mexico. Dune buggies were stripped down Volkswagens created for driving around the dunes in the desert or on a beach. In this image the artist has created a composition within a composition. The main compositional structure is formed by the rear view of the dune buggy’s broad, squatting body and oversized tires, framing a secondary composition of the suspension and the engine.
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.