Happy. (2015) 18" x 18" Fuse. Acrylic. Paper.
Strong, abstract color grooves of deep hues, light and burned textures. Acrylic blues, red and black split by slow burning 2mm fuse.
I named it Happy as that was written on the blasting board we used. It was part of a Happy Anniversary message we sent to our favorite listen - Soma FM.
Primitive. Modern. Explosive.
American gunpowder artist, Vega carefully places powder and fuses on the surface of the art, which he positions horizontally on the floor (or blast table). When ignited, first the fuses burns instantly along the cord lines, igniting the gunpowder and creating a blast, which then vanish in clouds of smoke. The result is a textured surface that looks and feels like an explosion—the art is blackened, charred, and erupted, arrested in a state of being created in a flash.
When the fuse is lit there is a moment of uncertainty. What will happen? It is at that moment that true art exists.