About this print: “End of the Trail” is one of two motorcycle images done from a Motocross event the artist attended in southern California. The title and the pose of the rider are a reference to the artist James Earle Fraser’s sculpture of the same name showing a native American Indian on his horse. Pond’s view is of the new American West in an homage to Fraser’s original image of the Old West.
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.