Messiest Kid. (2015) 18" x 18" Gunpowder. Fuse. Neon Spray Paint. Paper.
This messy exploded kid was created as concept art for the children's book The Messiest Kid Ever by Michael X. Ferraro! Cute and sloppy the kid is built of deep burns and texture on bright blue neon spray paint coated paper.
This piece is not for sale yet as the book project is still in process.
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.