Isn't It Pretty To Think So?

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Isn't It Pretty To Think So?


Isn't It Pretty To Think So?  (2016) 36" x 108" Triptych

An energized and uncultivated forest made with a bang. The overriding impact of this image is made by the beauty of super slow and high-speed fuses with medium grade and cannon grade gunpowder blasted onto a red/orange/yellow painted hardboard.  Several "moves" were involved (burning, exploding, scraping, brushing, and burning again). Magnificent flames and sparks engulfed the piece. Smoke clouded the scene.

When thinking of a title for the artwork, it looked to me like a sunrise or a sunset over and through a blown up forest.  Renee reminded me of Steinbecks' great novel, The Sun Also Rises.  "Isn't It pretty to think so?" is a quotation from the book.  So hell yes, Isn't It Pretty To Think So?

This piece is a commission work on hold for Jeff W.
Primitive, modern, and abstract - a Stick Vega original.  

3 Black metal frame and matt. ($55 each)

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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