Minus. (2015) 18" x 24" Fuse. Acrylic. Paper.
This artwork is currently, exclusively offered at The Century House.
Strong, luminescent vertical stripes, light and burned textures. Oranges, reds and fuchsia split by burning 2mm fuse.
The color grooves create their own relationships through the blending and burned connections of the high-speed fuse and the working and reworking of the surface.
The Blast Factory could barely function when I lit the fuse for this. It was four below zero with a wind-chill of minus 15. This piece started as a group of blues, but that was way too cold. (You can see hints of it in the transistions)
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.