I stepped into The Blast Factory this morning and saw my friends.
Plastic kids toys.
They mean more than that to me. I’m inspired by them.
I want to have a Stormtrooper suit. I could get up close to my work and not worry about exploding. Or burning up.
That would be useful.
Stormtrooper are such bad shots. I mean it. They can’t hit anybody. Total uncertainty. Like my work. I light the fuse and who knows what will happen.
I wonder how long it takes to get the suit on and off.
I’ve had little, green, plastic dinosaurs forever. They are good luck omens to me.
The little fella in the studio is sorta goofy looking. He makes me smile.
I used to have one in my old, 1988, white, rusted out, BMW 325. I think it had over 200,000 miles on it. The radio worked. I would jump in the car and say “Hello” and put him on the dash. He would look to the future and to look for danger.
I think he was eventually sucked up at a car wash. That sucked.
I eventually had to sell the BMW as Renee and I were broke. We used the proceeds to pay rent for a few months.
I have two green dinosaurs currently. One is on the dash in the Rover. The one pictured here sits on my easel.
They look to the future and they look for danger.
The Stormtrooper and Dinosaur are friends. They spend a lot of time together.
They remind me each time I see them to have fun.
They tell me to not take my work or myself too seriously.
They rule The Blast Factory!
I just need to keep them away from the Not-A-Flamethrower.
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 more than a decade ago 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), sculpture and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.