About the print: “Harley” shows a state of the art, all-American, iconic highway cruising bike. In this piece the owners are standing proudly with their bike. As with many of the American leisure-time experiences the artist observed, these Harley owners belonged to a club of fellow cruising devotees who often traveled together in groups.
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.