Harald. The Norwegian.

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Harald. The Norwegian.


Harald. The Norwegian.  (2016)  18" x 24"  Fuse. Acrylic. Paper.

A portrait with an explosive personality. Created with multiple gunpowders and high-speed fuse and finished with hand-held fuse into white acrylic coated paper.  A unique piece with burned lines and flash marks defining the man. It has a unique energy and feels like it is alive.

I named it "Harald. The Norwegian" after talking with my 93-year-old father about two things.  First, that if Donald Trump wins the Presidency that we should consider moving to Norway. And second, that my dads' grandfather came to this country from Norway, and had five kids.  Then suddenly, he moved back to Norway and left all his children here to be adopted.  So my fathers' mother was adopted. My dad has some choice words about his grandfather.

You'll like Harald.  He is available for adoption.  He seems like an interesting guy. He has a lot of personality but will not leave you and go back to Norway!

Black metal frame, matt, glass.

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.

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