Irresponsible. (2015) 48" x 48" Fuse. Acrylic. Wood Panel.
This artwork is currently, exclusively offered at The Century House.
Stunning abstract color grooves, light and burned textures. Acrylic teals, blues, black and orange split by super-slow burning, red, 3mm fuse. Seriously, the fuse was so slow I thought it would never finish! But it did create deep, resounding marks.
I named it Irresponsible, as a couple of the fuses jumped and bent and had a mind of their own. They were capricious and unpredictable. That, and only a few people have told me I'm irresponsible. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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.