Sheer. (2016) 18" x 24" Fuse. Acrylic. Paper.
Luminescent horizontal stripes, light and burned textures. Soft washed blue-green, reds, cream and yellow 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.
Being transparent is one of my characteristics. I like to be open and candid about my work. This artwork has a light wash of white over all of the colors. It is so sheer it allows the colors to show through. For that reason, I named the artwork Sheer.
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.