Ladder Seven

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Ladder 7.jpg

Ladder Seven


Ladder Seven (2017) 48" x 48"

The name sounds like a fire truck.  Yes, this piece was on fire but we did not call for help.  This structural piece was burned as a means of rising.

The overriding impact of this image is made by the beauty of super slow and high-speed fuses burned into a multi-color (blues, grays, and whites) and heavily layered panel.

Several "moves" were involved (painting, burning, exploding, scraping, brushing, and hand fuse burning). Magnificent flames and sparks engulfed the piece. Smoke clouded the scene.  The "Ladder" was finished with hand-held, super-slow burning fuse.

The real question is, "Where does this ladder go?" 

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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