Black Burned Square

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Black Burned Square


Black Burned Square (2019) 18 x 24

Gunpowder. Fuse. Acrylic. Paper.

The Art Fair On The Square and Off The Square, in Madison Wisconsin, starts today.

Hundreds of talented artists from across the United States and Wisconsin will be there to show their work.

I won’t.

I never applied.

I don’t have a tent. I don’t have the patience.

I like people and I like talking about my work. Renee says I talk too much, though.

My work and technique would be well received, I think.

I could have done a live event.

Call the fire Marshall. Rope it off. Boom!

So in honor of the Art Fair On The Square I exploded and burned a black square.

I fussed with the edges. I filled the shape. I lit the fuse.

Black Burned Square is an abstraction of the event.

Square. Energy. Movement. Heat.

Maybe I bridged the gap between futurism and constructivism.

Maybe not.

Black Burned Square is meant to evoke the experience of hundreds of artists and thousands of fans today.


Unframed. (Contact me if you want it framed).

Primitive, modern, and abstract - a Stick Vega original.  

American gunpowder artist, Vega places powder and fuses on the surface of the board, which he positions horizontally on the floor. When ignited, first the fuses burns instantly along the cord lines, igniting the gunpowder and creating loud bangs and flashes of fire, which then vanish in clouds of smoke. The result is a textured surface that looks and feels like an explosion—the acrylic paint on panel is blackened, charred, and erupted, arrested in a state of being created in a flash.

When the fuse is lit there a moment of uncertainty. What will happen? It is at that moment that true art exists.

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