Claude Monet is beloved around the world. Man, he was way into water lilies. I'm way into flowers and I really love to compete. So game on Monet!
1. Monet has painted around 250 water lily paintings. I've exploded 2 Vega Lilies. (Although, I've done hundreds of other flowers.) Point: Monet.
2. Monet planted his lilies. I have not. I look at them in the swamp by The Blast Factory. I do, however, plant all sort of different seasonal flowers. Point: Monet.
3. Monet worked in his backyard in Giverny, France (not far from Paris). I work in my backyard in Monona, WI (not far from Madison). Tie.
4. There would be no water lilies if Monet had obeyed the city council. There would be no Vega lilies if I obeyed the fire marshall. Tie.
5. Some of Monet's water lilies were lost to a terrible fire at the MoMA in 1958. All Vega lilies are created by gunpowder explosions and fire. Dozens of Vega's have burned to a crisp! Point: Vega.
6. Sometimes Monet's passion turned violent. In 1908, Monet destroyed 15 of his Lilies right before they were to be exhibited at the Durand-Ruel gallery in Paris. Apparently, the artist was so unhappy with the paintings that he decided to ruin them rather than have the work go on public display. I create all my work violently with explosions to reduce violence. Point: Vega.
7. Monet's work has earned scorn. Critics called his works messy and the result of blurred vision. They laughed at his color choices. My work has earned laughter and scorn, too. Although, my work is truly messy. I use a vacuum and brush to clean it up! Tie.
We are tied! Monet 3.5. Vega 3.5.
Damn. A tie. So here is what we will do. We will break the tie with highest sales price. Monet's Le Bassin Aux Nympheas recently sold for $80 million dollars. Vega's Four Bulls sold for $5,000.
Good work Monet!
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist 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.