Stick Vega opened his new show at Waypoint Public house this past Wednesday night with a blast. Literally!
Vega featured ten works with a combination of some of his classic, figurative, gunpowder drawings and new colorful, abstract, fuse burned paintings. The show, Explosions and Whiskey, was a special partnership between Waypoint Public House, Frank Liquor and Stick Vega. Hundreds turned out for the event.
"This is a great place with great people. The wall height, open space and lighting make it a perfect area to present art. And with the featured whiskey cocktails and dozens of specialty beers on tap and great food, I can't imagine a better place to do a show", said Stick Vega.
As the evening moved to completion Vega did a live presentation of his creative process. He discussed his various techniques of painting, placing stencils, exploding, burning, and scraping. Working on an image of exploded bottles to represent J. Henry Whiskey, the fuse was lit. There were a few minutes of anticipation as a super slow burning fuse worked its way over the piece. Then, four, well well-timed explosions completed the painting. Vega finished the artwork by scraping and brushing the explosion debris.
The crowd cheered their approval.
"We had perfect weather to blow up the artwork. Thankfully, it was not too windy", said Vega.
"The show was a blast", noted Patrick Richards the GM of Waypoint. "We love Vega's work. It was a special night."
Vega added, "You could feel the love and warmth in the building".
The show will run through the end of January, 2016.
Waypoint Public House. 320 W Broadway. Monona WI 53716
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist, former CEO, and author of LESS KILLING. Stick currently lives and creates explosive pop art at The Blast Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. Not limited to one medium, he works in gunpowder drawings and paintings, photography, digital art and writing. Follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.