I was a CEO once. Years before that - while working in marketing - I made the commitment to be the "best in the world".
That didn't mean much. Although, it did motivate me to be a bit better every day. A thought that I still use each day.
I was a lousy CEO. I had lots of ideas, and I liked to talk too much. If I had worked for a big company, I probably would have been fired.
Now I head to The Blast Factory. A day looks like this: Dog. Reading. Writing. Social Media. Emails. Music. Plotting. Bike. Plotting. Thinking. Dog. Painting. Burning. Explosion. Beer.
It's the best job ever. The Blast Factory is too hot, too cold, too messy, too clean, too noisy. A few too many excuses not to work. I have a big Danish boom box, though... I play WVMO and Soma FM. Loud. The Blast Factory is fantastic.
I'm isolated most of the time I'm working. I'm alone for long periods of the day. So when Renee finds me in the morning I'm a frenetic, explosive mess of ideas and thoughts. I talk too much.
Renee holds a finger to her lips, "Shhhhhhhhh!"
I love crispy art.
But I want to move on. What is next?
Sculpture perhaps? Can I explode massive concrete blocks?
I think I know where I can get some big solid blocks. I might need a crane. And a truck. Renee will really think I've lost my mind. I'll just reassure her, "Look at these cute giant concrete cubes Honey, I'm only going to put them here in the yard for a while. No worries!"
I'm trying hard to make beautiful things. Emotional things. But I'm also looking to blow it up. To ruin it. That's what I find so hard. That is what causes the tension in my work.
Yet, I do this because I believe I can be the best. I want to be the best!
Yeah. Beautiful ruins.
Artist Stick Vega studied mathematics and economics, earning a B.S. in economics from UW-Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College. He owned and was CEO of online apparel retailers WinterSilks and Venus Sportswear. However, upon selling the companies he headed straight to his studio - The Blast Factory in Madison, WI - to create explosive, modern art with gunpowder and high-speed fuse. Stick's current work includes paintings, drawings, fusographs (exploded photographs) and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.
6 new fusographs will debut this weekend at Hawks Quindel S.C. in Madison WI.