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The Working End of My Gas Space Heater



Clayton Pond described this work:

“Lofts in the SoHo section of Manhattan were primarily commercially zoned, and heated by the landlords only during working hours. At night and on weekends the radiators were cold. In the 1960s and 1970s artists began moving into these lofts and were living in them illegally with the tacit approval of landlords who were happy to get whatever rent they could in a soft rental market. Artists had to improvise, installing make-shift kitchens, showers—and heaters. Overhead gas space heaters were commonly used to provide heat. They were loud, vibrated, heated unevenly, and sometimes made a loud popping sound or spewed black carbon. Improperly vented exhaust systems were subject to leaking back into the loft. The artist came to have an intimate relationship with his heater, in terms of the effort put into keeping it working, and in this image he portrays its operational parts.

This print was published in a portfolio with a group of artists to commemorate the United States Bicentennial in 1976.

One impression from the edition is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Additional information


Excellent Condition



Modern Print-Makers



Serigraph in Colors

Signing, Dating, and Titling


Silkscreen (serigraph) in 11 colors.
100% cotton rag 3-ply white wove paper.
Special Projects Group, Chicago
Printed by the Artist at his studio on Broome Street
Hand-signed and dated by the artist in pencil en recto lower right.  Titled and numbered en recto lower left.
Impression XI out of the Gift Edition of 12, aside from the regular edition of 75 impressions.
Custom matted and framed in a solid Walnut frame behind 99% UV-blocking art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Beautifully printed. Excellent condition, without damage or signs of handling.
Framed Size:
27.5 in. (h) x 31.5 in. (w) x 1.0 in. (d)
Sheet Size:
22 in. (h) x 30 in. (w)
Image Size:
17 in. (h) x 23 in. (w)

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