Clayton Pond is an extraordinary artist, whose rich imagination is surpassed only by the richness of the ink on his serigraphs. The inventor of an entirely new way of producing serigraphs (commonly referred to as “silkscreens”), he achieves an incomparable glossiness and luminosity. He invented a method of stenciling whereby he gradually reduced the openings in the same stencil for each subsequent color. Pond’s printing process gave his prints a tactile relief surface by printing each new color layered on top of the previous one.
As a second-generation Pop artist, Pond uses a great deal of high-energy color, often outlining his objects in contrasting colors. He is interested in recording the obsessions and possessions of Americans. His early prints were close-up depictions of domestic objects such as toasters, telephones, and toilet seats, and, in this case, the gas meter in his apartment. As Pond put it, “This print of a gas meter exemplifies the artist’s interest in monumentalizing every day man-made objects.”