Distant (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 over-burned onto a layered, erased and overpainted panel.
Sweeping lines and arcs dominated the thickly painted panel and convey the emotion in the act of burning itself.
Distant? I was walking down Ridgewood Ave. There was a light rain and fog. Everything looked bleached and erased except for some thick black tree limbs that crossed the street. They were in the distance.
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.