Block City (2017) 48" x 48"
Burns moving over field of minimalist grays, white and blacks. The overriding impact of this image is made by the beauty of super slow and high-speed fuses burned and over-burned onto a layered and overpainted panel.
Arcs, bends, and cracks dominate the layered panel and convey the emotion in the act of burning itself.
Block City? The inspiration for this painting came from the Robert Louis Stevenson poem, "Block City". What are you able to build with your blocks?
After reading the poem, I took Archie for a walk. It was gray and more gray.
Then I painted, burned, painted and again and burned it all a second time. The final work was done outside in 5 degree Wisconsin weather. It was so cold my lighter would not work. The panel froze.
Maybe we all live in Block City.
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.