Leverage (2017) 36" x 48"
Burns moving over field of minimalist grays, white and blacks with small hints of lime green and navy blue. The overriding impact of this image is made by the beauty of super slow and high-speed fuses over-burned onto a layered and overpainted panel.
Sweeping arcs dominated the layered panel convey the emotion in the act of burning itself.
Leverage? There is no trust. Only leverage. There is no moral compass. Only leverage.
Black metal frame.
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.